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It takes a bit of planning to make outdoor entertaining look effortless, but far less than people think, one party expert says. Here are the must-haves

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Urban Outfitters hat, $42. 3.1 Philip Lim top, $395 at Holt Renfrew. Erdem floral skirt, $1,835 at the Room at The Bay. Trudeau acrylic wine glass, $5.98 at the Kitchen and Glass Place in Toronto. Andrew Richards Design Tranquility bed, $4,795, throw pillows, $49.99-$119.

Photos: Shannon Ross; Styling: Tiyana Grulovic, Heather Shaw and Carolyn Souch

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Clockwise from above left: Turquoise Artistic Accent table runner, $14.99 at HomeSense. Silver Dansk Fjord serving tray, $83.99 at the Bay. Distinctly Home cocktail napkins, $9.95 for set of 8 at the Bay. Blue and white Moroccan canape plates, $6 each at West Elm. Andrew Richards Designs Sofitel dining table, $2,995.

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Distinctly Home cocktail napkins, $9.95 for set of 8 at the Bay. Blue and white Moroccan canape plates, $6 each at West Elm.

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Birks Signature Games Collection brown leather domino set, $395. Trudeau acrylic wine glasses, $5.98 each at the Kitchen and Glass Place in Toronto. Alice + Olivia dress, $495 at Holt Renfrew. Urban Outfitters hat, $42. 3.1 Philip Lim top, $395 at Holt Renfrew. Erdem floral skirt, $1,835 at the Room at the Bay. Filippa K men's shorts, $120 at the Room. Andrew Richards Designs Sofitel dining table, $2,995, Uptown sectional, from $1,395 per piece.

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Andrew Richard Designs Muskoka chair, $795.

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