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Celebrate the Season -- Outdoors!

The best parties are held outdoors in the summer. Use these practical tips to make your space, decorations, food and entertainment family-friendly and festive.

Itís summertime and the liviní is easy. Everything from your wardrobe to your work schedule is a little looser and a lot more fun. Entertaining should be easy, too. Whether itís a backyard barbecue, a block party or a birthday celebration, the best summer events are held outside. But even the most casual outdoor gathering requires a little planning to make it seem effortless. Here are some ideas that will make any outdoor party the event of the season.

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The First Rule of Party Planning: Keep It Simple

Come and Get It: Tummy-Tempting Ideas for Your Party

Make your Own Basic Barbecue Sauce

Get the Party Started:† Can't-Miss Entertaining Tips

How to Throw a Memorable Block Party

Who is Your Community? Tips for Spicing Up Your Guest List

Quick Tips for Outdoor Entertaining

Prepare a Traditional New England Clam Bake

How to Host A Great Birthday Bash

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