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It’s a birthday, a bridal shower, your friends are in town, it’s summer, or you’re just feeling yourself – whatever the occasion, you’d like to mark it by throwing a party. But how do you elevate it from just a regular hangout, to a truly special soiree without being too extra? Whether it’s a big group or small, your special day or someone else’s, with a few carefully chosen party pieces, you can host the perfect gathering, making it the prettiest do in all the land…

PINK AND GOLD STRAWS

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With a cute selection of striped and herring-boned patterned white, pink and gold straws, you can match these cuties to your glassware, the guests, or the table setting. There’s a hundred in a pack, so they’re sure to last you through a summer of entertaining. And the best thing? They’re biodegradable, so you can avoid the plastic guilt.

ALINK Pink and Gold Straws, $11 at Amazon.

POPSICLE ICE MOLD

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If you really want to go all-out for a summer do, plan ahead and make your guests some refreshing popsicles to cool off with on arrival. This BPA-free popsicle mold is easy to use with a standing tray, is dishwasher-safe, reusable, and each grip has a drip guard to prevent that heart-breaking melt of your popsicle before you’ve reached the bottom. Choose between pink or green molds, but let’s be honest – choosing the flavour’s the best part.

Popsicle Ice Mold Maker Set – 6 Pack, $9 at Amazon.

FAIRY LIGHTS

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Yes, it can feel like a college-era staple, but with a little imagination, fairy lights can be transformed into a beautiful decorative piece to add ambiance to any party, day or night.

For that extra sparkle, you could have them adorning a table setting, coiled up in a jar for a DIY lantern, bordering a wall or door, or just hanging out on your patio. And when summer’s over, they’re sure to cozily warm up the colder months.

EShing 33ft 100 LED Copper Wire Fairy String Lights, Warm White, $15 at Amazon.

COPPER MUGS

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For fancy cocktails, ice coolers, or just a warm drink, these stylish copper mugs are hard to beat. They’ll keep your beverage cool, can be used on a regular day for water, tea, or coffee (if you’re feeling fancy), and will last a lifetime. And don’t be fooled by the name – these can be used for all manner of summer cocktails, from a Moscow Mule, to a Cosmo, to a Mint Julep. Delish.

Solid Copper Moscow Mule Mugs, Set of 4, $53 at Amazon.

MINT PAPER PLATES

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Okay, depending on the type of party you’re throwing (read: if there will be kids present), you might want to hedge your bets and use paper plates. Heck, if it’s an adults-only party, you might still want to play it safe and put your fine china away. That doesn’t have to mean boring plain white plates though – far from it. With these lovely shaped paper plates from Sugar & Cloth, you’ll have just the right aesthetic, whether it’s a kid’s party, a formal occasion, or just a casual gathering. And with the colour range from pink, to mint, to peach, to marble, you’ll have a field day colour co-ordinating your dishes.

Sugar & Cloth Paper Plates, Mint with Gold Edge, 16 Count, $20 at Amazon.

MASON JAR DRINK DISPENSER

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So the trend for cocktails served in mason jars may have waxed and waned, but for a real summer party, a drink dispenser still seals the deal. You can use it for iced tea, juice, sparkling water, punch, or just water infused with a few refreshing fruits and leaves. Either way, it’s sure to make an eye-catching centrepiece, and a nice novelty.

Estilo EST2784 Glass Single Mason Jar Beverage Drink Dispenser, 2 Gallon, Clear, $42 at Amazon.