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A Backyard S’mores Party — Gatherings from The Kitchn

I threw a backyard s'mores party for my sister's birthday and, years later, we're all still talking about it. We aimed for a simple yet pretty outdoor party, with little stress and preparation because who needs that, especially on a birthday?

We launched our Gatherings from Kitchn series a few years ago to bring you party ideas that are fun and gracious and yet always accessible in budget and details. This s'mores fête turned out to be our easiest party yet — with almost no cooking ahead, and just a few hours of setup. Want to see how we transformed the backyard and threw our S'moresgasbord for a crowd of 20?

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The Best Bridal Shower Ideas That Pinterest Gave Us — Homemade Weddings

Ah, Pinterest. What would we do without you when it comes time to throwing parties? From food to decorations to cocktails, the site is chock-full of inspiration — but you know that already. Something else you already know? Pinterest can also be an overwhelming rabbit hole that can take over your life.

Don't waste time getting sucked into all those sometimes-too-crazy pins! Instead, just use this little cheat sheet of the best ideas and you can plan a shower for your bride-to-be in no time.

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The One Thing You Should Get Right for an Epic Pool Party — Birthday of the Month

We've waited all year for pool party season to arrive, and it's finally here. Sure, pool parties are terrific if you're celebrating a birthday or holiday, but sometimes you don't even need a reason — it's just fun to get your loved ones (of all ages!) in the pool to soak up some sun.

Whether you're splashing around a public pool or lounging in a private backyard, you don't need much money or time to throw a truly epic pool party. As long as you give a little forethought into how the party will go, you really just need to do one major thing.

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10 Festive 4th of July Decorations for $10 or Less — America’s Birthday

It's America's birthday! And if anyone deserves a party full of festive decorations, it's our country! (She has had quite a year.) Go all out this 4th of July with these patriotic decorations. They're all $10, which means you can contribute to the economy without causing a financial crisis in your home.

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How to Throw a Rustic Bridal Shower at Home — The Rustic Bridal Shower

Type the words "rustic bridal shower" into Pinterest and the results are, well, overwhelming. How on earth do people manage to pull these things off? All that Kraft paper, twine, and wood! Turns out, though, a rustic bridal shower (or any other type of rustic-looking party) is actually pretty simple to throw.

To prove it to you, we planned a cute bridal shower luncheon with tons of accessible ideas. This buffet party was budget-friendly and also totally low-stress, thanks to easy decorations and a menu of mostly make-ahead snacks.

Here's how it all came together.

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A Make-Ahead Menu for a Rustic Bridal Shower Lunch — Tips from The Kitchn

A bridal shower is mostly about showering the bride-to-be with gifts and love and playing silly games — but that doesn't mean the food should be an afterthought. In fact, I don't think there is a better way to show your affection and support for the bride than to also shower her, and her closest family and friends in attendance, with good food and drink.

This menu will help you do just that, and do it with ease. Planning a shower can be a lot of work, but if you follow this make-ahead menu, it can actually be quite simple. We've even provided a timeline so you can line up everything you need to do in order to throw a shower your favorite bride is sure to love.

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