SAWYER, Mich. — With the sound of crickets chirping, the smell of bonfires burning and the sight of fireflies lighting up the sky, it’s safe to say summer has made its way to Michiana.
You know what that means? It’s party time!
During a season that flies by as quickly as fireworks on the 4th of July, residents all over the region are known for embracing every possible minute of the warm weather, and there’s nothing they enjoy more than a good old-fashioned outdoor soiree.
This summer, as Michiana residents and vacationers begin to plan their backyard barbecues, picnics and Independence Day celebrations, there are plenty of opportunities to think outside the box and have parties different from all the neighbors and friends.
Mandi Buckland, of Element Event Design, is an expert party planner based in Sawyer, Michigan. Recently, the designer — with the help of local businesses — set up three party settings in her own backyard to show everyone just how easy it can be to entertain friends and family at a party unlike any they have ever attended.

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