Celebrity Plan the Perfect Outdoor Party By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Instagram Twitter InStyle's mantra is "Everybody's in," and that means anyone who finds their way to our stories should find themselves reflected in them. We prioritize bringing the right writer to every story and sometimes collaborate as a team to ensure we're including points of view across race, gender expression, body size, skin and hair type, and more. Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. For more about our team, click here. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on June 20, 2011 @ 02:22PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Getty Images Plan the Perfect Outdoor Party 01 of 06 Courtesy West Elm Famed event-planner David Stark shares his best tips for throwing an outdoor party. Invest In a Few Perfect Pieces"With the light of the moon, you can get away with little decor in the summer," Stark says. "But I am a sucker for lanterns to enhance a balmy night-several create instant magic!" He loves these porcelain hurricanes ($19-$49, westelm.com). 02 of 06 Incorporate Nature Courtesy Napkins with a Twist (Artisan). Photo by Mick Hales. Stark suggests using items you already have in your house or backyard for easy table décor. Try his creative seating card idea: Write or rubber stamp the names of your guests on leaves, rocks or shells (left) instead of standard folded paper cards. 03 of 06 Try Non-Traditional Centerpieces Courtesy Susan Montagna Instead of expensive flowers in a vase, use potted plants that last for months. "I specifically put table-size plants (six-inch pots and under) in my garden, so I can create multi-leveled centerpieces," Stark says. Just brush off any dirt on the sides of the pots before placing them on the table. "After the party, the pots get re-positioned back into the garden." Stark also creates (edible!) centerpieces out of fruit for a pop of color. A small basket filled with strawberries makes a beautiful, yet practical, arrangement. 04 of 06 Buy Items You Can Use All Year Courtesy Restoration Hardware "I adore strings of old-fashioned bulbs, suspended above my roof garden," Stark says. "They make any outdoor event festive-even dinner for two-and they offer a very flattering light." These globe lights ($39, restorationhardware.com) are fun in the summer months and are also perfect for the winter holidays, so you never have to take them down. 05 of 06 Upgrade to Cloth Courtesy West Elm "People often feel linen napkins are meant for the dining room, but I adhere to the rule that every time you eat, it's a celebration," Stark says. His favorite Tekla dishtowels from Ikea are only 79 cents a piece, so you won't get upset if they get stained, and they won't blow off the table like paper napkins. He pairs them with David Stark for West Elm canvas placemats (left) for the perfect vibe. 06 of 06 Keep the Bugs Away...Naturally Getty Images "I plant pots of scented geranium in my garden," Stark says. "It's a natural, beautiful bug repellent." If you don't have a garden, add some scented geranium in your flower arrangements to keep insects at bay.