Summer Potluck, Tiki Lounge and More! How to Throw a Theme Party

From a glam summer potluck to a laid back tiki lounge party, our favorite bloggers and event planners share their expert tips for staging a memorable bash (22 Photos)

Chandni Reddy on May 30, 2013 at 8:04AM

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Summer Potluck, Tiki Lounge and More! How to Throw a Theme Party

Cheryl Najafi/You're So Invited: Panic Less, Play More, and Get Your Party On!

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Summer Potluck

The Theme: Potted Summer Potluck with a Twist

The Stylist: Cheryl Najafi, author of You’re So Invited: Panic Less, Play More, and Get Your Party On!

The Look: “Say goodbye to boring, predictable and Tupperware-strewn potlucks with this charming garden-themed party. Bedeck your buffet table with an assortment of garden pots -- some upside down to hold dishes, some right side up and lined with food-safe plastic liners to take your guests’ eclectic dishes and unify them into a single beautiful presentation.

Accent with a colorful assortment of seasonal fruits, veggies and flowers, and then continue the earthy theme by repurposing (brand-new) garden stakes as food markers and garden trowels as serving spoons. Keep your beautiful buffet table from being buried under a sea of mismatched plastic by helping your friends transfer their dishes before they are brought to the table."

1. Consider using garden burlap as your table runner.
2. Set various-sized pots upside down to hold platters. Mix elevations to add interest. Place moss and vegetables around pots to complete your display.
3. Set additional plastic-lined pots of various sizes right side up to use for serving food.
4. Use brand-new trowels and terrarium tools as serving spoons.
5. Use garden stakes to hold recipes and mark dishes. If needed, place masking tape on stake to write the name of the dish.
6. Terra cotta-, green- or brown-colored plastic drip saucers that go underneath pots can be used as chargers. Place pretty leaf-shaped plates on top.
7. Decorative adds include garden gloves, garden boots, fresh vegetables, ready-to-plant color spots, bags of potting soil and burlap.
8. Mason jars with handles are perfect for serving lemonade.

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