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Plan Some Fun for Spring

Whether you live in a climate with four seasons or one with mild weather all winter long, you may still feel like waking up your world for spring. Here are some suggestions to celebrate the season with a cheerful party for friends or family.

Spring Flowers: This is the best time of year to find tulips, daffodils or crocus at your local grocery or florist at reasonable prices. Pick a vivid assortment and include plenty of greens and some white daisies to pull everything together.

Spring Colors: A mix of bright pastels call out spring from the minute people walk into the room. Don’t hesitate to mix greens, oranges, yellows and pinks together. As long as they are all about the same tone and level of brightness, they will work. Add a splash of white to make the colors stand out even more.

Fun Patterns: Look for gingham and polka dots to make your table linens feel even fresher. You could also add a springy floral fabric to the mix, as long as it is light and bright.

Plants: As a delightful party favor for your guests, buy a variety of blooming bedding plants or bulbs in spring colors and plant in individual colorful pots so that every guest takes a bit of spring home with them.

Light food choices: Winter is the time for hot soups and stews. For your spring brunch think about light fare such as fruit salad, quiche, and crepes. Look for ways to introduce spring flavors such as coconut, lemon and strawberry, maybe in little tarts to wrap up the meal.

You can use these ideas for a party to recognize a spring birthday or anniversary. But you really don’t need a special occasion. Isn’t the coming of spring enough of a reason to celebrate?

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