For part two of our summer party essentials miniseries, upscale event planner Yifat Oren of Yifat Oren & Associates shares her top seven must-haves when hosting warm-weather gatherings. Although she produces high-end events for celebrity clients like Reese Witherspoon and Drew Barrymore, she prefers her own parties to be “laid-back, ecofriendly and fun.” From casual place settings to budget-chic decor, follow Yifat’s essentials for the perfect low-key get-together.
Upscale event planner Yifat Oren shares her top seven summer party essentials.
Every Warm-Weather Party Needs…
Summer Fun Citrus Slice invitation, cocodot.com
Easy Invites: “I usually blast an informal email invite to friends on cocodot.com.”
7″ compostable starch plates, sustyparty.com :: Rainbow Stripey Straw mix, shopsweetlulu.com :: Tekla dish towels, ikea.com
Earth-Friendly Plates: “These colorful plates are biodegradable.”
Paper Straws: “They’re cute and popular with the kids, but adults love them too.”
Clever Napkins: “I buy these dish towels in bulk — you can’t beat the price — and use them as napkins.”
Smith & Hawken 10-count string lights, target.com :: Alseda stool, ikea.com
Mood Lighting: “Stringer lights make any yard look better. Drape them above the food table or hang them from tree to tree.”
Extra Seating: “Scatter these little rattan ottomans around outside — they’re chicer than folding lawn chairs.”
Tournament Bocce, llbean.com
Lawn Games: “Bocce is perfect for the backyard — lots of people can play or watch.”
See more of Yifat’s low-key party planning tips and others in this summer’s HGTV Magazine (flip to page 134) — on newsstands now! And check back next week for more quick and easy entertaining ideas from the pros.