A Beautiful Backyard Luau

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You don’t have to say goodbye to summer quite yet. First, enjoy a mini vacation by transforming your home into a tropical paradise. Make your daydreams of escaping to a desert island a reality (even if just for a few hours) by hosting a poolside luau. With just a few creative tricks, you can indulge in a relaxing evening of mingling with guests while savoring faraway flavors and sipping a cocktail from a coconut.

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Create the Look
Set the stage by draping your tables in burlap and accessorizing with neutral, coastal accents like palm fronds, netting, and seashells. Add lamp oil and wicks to clear, reclaimed glass bottles, and arrange them in sand for ambient lighting.

The key to arranging this tropical tablescape is to use natural colors and finish with beachy elements. To create your own glass-
bottle candles, find wick and oil kits at craft stores, and upcycle used glass bottles.