You can make your backyard look like a million bucks without breaking the bank or losing your cool. Home/style expert Katie Brown shows us how…

Forget about tablecloths—use drapery instead! Tie them around each corner of your table, and make it a true dramatic stage.

Dressing ordinary cloth napkins with a few strands of ribbon adds definite distinction.

Give each diner a personalized tray made from a picture frame and ribbons. Your guests will appreciate having a unique place setting, and best of all, it won't cost a fortune!

Chicago wedding-planners A Perfect Event gave Katie a clever idea! Fans will help your guests keep their cool and get a peek at the menu.

Give your old mismatched chairs new life! Drape table runners over your chairs and tie them off in a big bow. For more fun, rest party favors in the bows!

Bring a touch of the indoors outdoors by adding a natural chandelier over the table. Katie takes a simple Styrofoam wreath and decorates it with greenery, ribbon and even flowers. (Attach everything with spray glue, available from any craft store.)

Here's a table that's totally Zen! Vases aren't just for flowers anymore: Float tea lights in them and line the bottoms with rocks for a more peaceful feel.

Katie says by covering a table with basic paving slates, you've created a space perfect for decorating with rocks, or space to write your guests' names with chalk!

Here's a great way to contain natural elements! Add sand around your candles for a beach vibe. Since it's summer, don't be afraid of bright, rich colors!


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