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Updated: October 12, 2014
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

Kicking back in the company of friends on a sunny afternoon is one of the season's greatest pleasures. And what better way to create that moment than with a tea party? Keep it simple with cookies, a layer cake from a bakery or even sliced pound cake from the grocery store topped with fresh berries and whipped cream to go along with your homemade fare. Add a final, pretty touch with easy decorations—like a dainty garland, tablecloth weights and a festive banner—and you've got an inexpensive party that is decidedly sweet.

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