Wow Your Guests With These 4 Summer Party Ideas

A memorable outdoor gathering demands a few imaginative touches.  

Invest in fun party seating.

Elegant outdoor furniture is all well and good, but when it comes to partying under the sun, it's always a good idea to have some lightweight (lighthearted) guest seating waiting in the wings. The Panton Chair, above, moves from indoors to outdoors in a flash, stacks neatly when not in use, and comes in a range of bright colors that make an eye-catching addition to deck or patio. Seletti's Studio Job Folding Chair, available in a choice of 5 different irreverent illustrations, will be a conversation starter at any outdoor soiree; and the lightweight Left Twist Cube and Kartell Stone Stool are both cool and compact, and double as occasional tables, to boot.

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