5 Tips For Throwing A Chic Party On A Budget

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Planning an end of summer Labor Day soirée? Save your hard-earned money for that fall fashion list and use these tips to set the scene without breaking the bank. For inspiration, we’re stealing ideas from fashion consultant and girl-about-town Erica Pelosini—who just hosted a beyond chic dinner party in the Hamptons. Here, 5 ways to get this posh style on a budget.

1. Use Tea Lights & White Coral On The Table

Although we love flowers (who doesn't?) if your budget is too tight for an elaborate centerpiece, use lots of tea candles and some local fauna, whether that is coral, succulents or wildflowers. Photo: BFAnyc.com

White Coral Chunk

$25

Shoptiques

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2. Serve Rosé On A Tray

Rather than creating an elaborate (and expensive) signature cocktail, go chic and simple with sparkling rosé. A high-shine stainless steel tray is not expensive—fill it with flutes for the ultimate way to greet guests.

Stainless Steel Small Cash Tray

$35

Sambonet Elite

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3. Create A Chill Area With Floor Cushions

Whether you're on the beach by the pool or in your backyard, throw pillows make for an inviting area that will draw people away from the kitchen.

Large Leaves Outdoor Throw Pillows

$15

Bed Bath & Beyond

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4. Hang Party Lights Everywhere

Soft outdoor lights can transform an outdoor space and instantly make an al fresco party feel romantic and special.

Vintage Edison Bulb Outdoor String Lights

$50

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5. Add Hurricane Lanterns To Guide Guests

Let's face it, candlelight makes everyone look better and prevents people from tripping over uneven flooring. Place hurricane lanterns near the bar, at the entrance and in the powder room.

Doria Small Glass Hurricane Candle Holder

$15

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Don't Forget To Wear Something Fab

Despite what you've heard, you can 100% wear white after Labor Day. Now is a great time to bust out an ethereal frock to show off your sun-kissed glow.

Dress by Rachel Zoe.

Beaded Chiffon Dress

$35

H&M

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