As the end of July nears, I’ve been having a major itch to get all my friends together for some summer fun. I recently moved into the quaintest yet trendiest little place right inside the city and what better way to celebrate my new place than with a housewarming party? I have a great backyard space, so I’m thinking “garden and grill” as the theme. The guys can grill (I’ve already tasked my boyfriend and his friends with handling this) and I’ll provide everything from decorations to cocktails and, let’s be honest, my outfit always needs to be accounted for in planning.

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I definitely want to stay cool, but keep up with the party atmosphere at the same time. I’m loving this silky romper. It’s full of pretty, floral accents and a lightly-cinched waist is always flattering. It’s a comfy and airy option for being outdoors all night. I’ll need to pencil in a trip to American Eagle Outfitters this week. I always find exactly what I’m looking for there and I’m bound to stumble across an option similar to this – plus I can use one of my 25% OFF TangerStyle Fall coupons. Thanks, T! PS – The guide is super cute, so check your mailboxes to see if you got yours.

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Next up, I’ll need some outdoor decor to brighten up the space. What a great excuse to get this space ready for Fall. I want my color palette to include seasonal shades of orange and wine – it will be the perfect mix and is playful and serene. Of course, my backyard isn’t quite up to par with this picture… but hey, a girl can dream. The Pottery Barn Outlet has fab pieces that are sure to set a garden-like scene. Between outdoor cushions, flowers vases and some glowing string lights, I’ll be the host of the century in no time.

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Now what’s a good party without a themed cocktail? My go-to sip this summer has been a moscow mule, so I’m putting a fruity spin on it myself! Also, what better time to show off my new copper mugs? The copper will be such a stylish touch to my orange and wine color palette. I was eyeing some for far too long at the Williams-Sonoma Outlet last week and now I have my coupons so I can’t possibly pass up the deal.

Tanger Tip: Girls, you MUST shop during TangerStyle Fall (happening now through August 21)! The savings are simply the best. From discount coupons to style guides and magazines, you’ll be fresh for fall in no time. I’ve already planned my day trip to Tanger Outlets, have you?

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For our tasty eats, these kabobs seem like the perfect idea. Grilled chicken with veggies will be a savory pick everyone will enjoy. Little finger foods will be easiest and since the guys will be grilling outside, they won’t miss a minute of the party! My mouth is already watering just looking at them… It doesn’t hurt that they’re pretty and match my theme, too! They’ll definitely be Instagram worthy.

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After my backyard bash is complete, some friends and I have planned a little night on the town to keep the party going. I’ll want to have my purse ready so I can grab it and go (I’ll worry about the house clean up later :-)) This classic leather crossbody will be a breeze for the rest of the night and will match my floral romp perfectly. The last stop on my list will be the Coach Factory Outlet. Hello, handbag heaven, it’s me.

I think I’m set! I’m so excited to get into party mode this weekend. When was the last time you threw a backyard party? If it’s been a while, grab the friends and get to planning – the summer season is going fast! If you need anymore party tips, be sure to tweet me at @TangerOutlets using #TangerMillennial and share your photos with me on Insta!

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