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Over the Moon1 of 9
By Elizabeth Jenkins
Not that you need an excuse to have an impromptu summer get-together, but just in case: On the evening of Saturday, June 22, the moon will be fuller and closer to Earth than at any other night this year, earning the title of supermoon. To celebrate the lunar event, Glo asked some of the nation's best entertaining pros for their moonlit party tips.
Campfire Classic2 of 9
"S'mores are a childhood favorite," says Chicago planner Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event, who recommends pre-skewering marshmallows to lure guests to the fire. "They take us right back to nighttime summer camp adventures with the first ooey-gooey bite. Not to mention, they are a fun interactive dessert," she says. Perfect for a moonlit soiree—with the sun already down, you can set out everything ahead of time and not worry about the chocolate melting.
Have a Ball3 of 9
Create beautiful sculptural chains of balloons like Robert Bose and Michael Cha of Balloon Chain, whose creations have appeared at Burning Man and Coachella. "Creating long, dreamlike chains with white balloons is magical," says Stefanie Cove of Yifat Oren & Associates, an event planner in Los Angeles, who has used Balloon Chain. For a DIY version of the balloon chain, simply tie balloons about 36 inches apart from one another on a long, durable ribbon.
Starry Night4 of 9
Let the stars inspire your party, from the entertainment to the favors. "Hire a fortune teller to read guests' fortunes based on their signs and the lunar cycle," suggests Cove. Send everyone home with a copy of their personalized horoscope and fortune, as well as a pocket star finder, so they can learn about the constellations.
Outta This World5 of 9
"Imagine soft white down quilts and cloudlike pillows dotting the lawn, and guests quilt-hopping," says Santa Barbara planner Merryl Brown of her fantasy moon party. Serve all-white fare like popcorn, white powdered doughnuts and cupcakes with white fluffy icing.
Water World6 of 9
"If you can make it, being near the water for the supermoon will simply give you a front row view—plus a great reflection," says Los Angeles event planner Beth Helmstetter. "There is a certain spiritual vibe that comes from the water like oceans and rivers and lakes—a full moon seems to go hand in hand." Helmstetter suggests simple knit blankets and large round pillows so people can lean back comfortably.
Night Viewing7 of 9
"Setting up a movie screen offers the nostalgia of a drive-in theater in your own backyard (set-up is easier than you think)," says Helmstetter. "If you are able to bring out sofas, that will make everything that much more comfortable." Bring out extra blankets for your guests in case there is a chill in the air so they can enjoy the movie and the view well into the night. The featured movies? Apollo 13 and SpaceCamp, of course.
In Orbit8 of 9
"There is something naturally romantic about being outdoors underneath the moonlight," says Angela Tormey Margolis of Sterling Social in Los Angeles. "Add in a dining experience beneath hundreds of glass orbs glowing with candlelight and it's simply magical." Votive candles can be hung above the dining table and in the trees while wrapping white lights around the dining area will add to the extra glow of the evening.
Raising the Bar9 of 9
Let your guests "moonlight" as their own bartender by setting up individual glasses of berries alongside rosemary, thyme and mint, as well as vodka, rum for mojitos, sparkling soda and juice. By offering several beverages, even the guests who choose not to drink alcohol will feel involved. "The result is an easy, colorful bar menu that instantly creates an ice-breaking, mix-and-mingle type energy during the party," says Lilly.
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