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15 Party-Planning Tips to Throw Your Best Summer Fiesta

Reader's Digest Logo By Reader's Digest Editors of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 14: <p>Have you always wanted to <a href="http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/healthy-barbecue/1/">host a barbecue</a>?Assigning a theme to the occasion sets the tone and the mood. For example, you can make it a Western party. Stage a cookout complete with Texas barbecue, bandana napkins, and country music. Or make it a spaghetti western party with a Sergio Leone video in the background. Serve pasta with red sauce, breadsticks, and Chianti on a colorful checkered tablecloth.</p>

Pick a theme

Have you always wanted to host a barbecue?Assigning a theme to the occasion sets the tone and the mood. For example, you can make it a Western party. Stage a cookout complete with Texas barbecue, bandana napkins, and country music. Or make it a spaghetti western party with a Sergio Leone video in the background. Serve pasta with red sauce, breadsticks, and Chianti on a colorful checkered tablecloth.

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