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1. Laid-back family style
Keep it informal with platters of food passed around the table and decorations foraged from your backyard.
CREATE AN EASY MENU that includes tried and tested recipes that can be served from bowls or on large plates. Think pastas, salads or roasts.
PICK YOUR CENTREPIECE from the garden. A single branch cut from a tree can look as elegant as a cluster of flowers and takes no time to arrange.
DECANT A COUPLE OF BOTTLES of wine into a pitcher.
LEAVE DESSERTS whole so guests can help themselves.