Let’s get outside every chance we can and since we spend so much time at work every once in awhile we have to break out of the – eat at your desk, fast food drive-up rut. Pull together a quick and easy al fresco luncheon in a few easy steps and your office peeps will love you.

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Include a statement piece such as this beach inspired vase (from our Seaside party kit) packed with fresh cut flowers as a centerpiece wow-worthy and relaxed.

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Determine your color scheme. Gray and white chevron table cloths are the backdrop for the beverage station and buffet table.  Added touches of purple create interest and contrast.

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I cut some fresh peonies and placed them in our white-washed driftwood bundle (from our New Harbor party kit) to add to the coastal vibe.  The fragrant peonies filled the air with freshness.

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What better way to celebrate the beauty of the day than to put out a tub of sangria and some sparkling lemonade.  Create an irresistible display with a tub filled to the brim with ice.

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Keep the menu light and easy.  I served three different sandwiches: egg salad with komome white kale on a pretzel bun (Who doesn’t love that bread?), chicken salad with romaine strips on a croissant and ham salad with thin slices of gala apple on a baguette and tray of fresh berries.

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Select serving pieces that are not matching but complement one another.  We used these trays from our New Harbor party kit and think they add to the coastal vibe.

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To bring out the purple accents, I served a tray of mouth-watering dark chocolate cupcakes with the most delicate butter cream topping I’ve ever tasted.

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It only took 45 minutes to prepare this delicious al fresco luncheon and about and hour to devour it and back to work we went, refreshed and ready to conquer the afternoon.

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Make Every Day a Party,
Debbie