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Dramatic License

When decorating guru Eddie Ross’s partner, Jaithan Kochar, hit the big 3-5, Eddie did what we’re sure he’d do for any of us: threw a royally cool garden party. (The tastemakers at Lonny documented the whole shebang, and Eddie gave additional behind-the-scenes dish on his blog.) We went ga-ga over this glorious yet deceptively simple table, and couldn’t help breaking it down into ideas we can steal reinterpret for our own get-togethers.

After selecting the Indian theme, Eddie let the color scheme—pink and mango—dictate his style choices. He started with an unembellished blush tablecloth and shocking pink, bamboo-look chairs cushioned in the same ballet color. (The linens and glassware are rentals; Eddie swears by this approach, which saves significant time on cleanup.) Over each opposite-side place pairing, he draped swaths of sari fabric in pink, gold, and orange, and set the plain white dishes, fuchsia napkins, and long-stemmed, elegant glasses on top. In the center of each pairing, he added a bouquet of peach and pink roses in petite metallic vases that allow for unobstructed conversation.

Alternating between place pairings, Eddie used the same metallic gold, this time on pedestal bowls piled high with pyramids of fruit, and on small vases of vivid pink blooms that lend a soft, feathery texture to the tabletop. Over all, he suspended flowy magenta chiffon on budget-priced curtain rods to create inexpensive “cabanas.”

While it’s impossible to pick just one part we like best, we’re crazy for Eddie’s ability to make a larger-than-life statement with just a few well-placed, repeating motifs and big, bold color. Rock on, Eddie.

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