Garden party ideas to inspire you to take time to enjoy the the beauty and bounty of the great outdoors with friends and family.
Celebrate sunshine, summertime, and great friendships by hosting a garden party in the beauty of your backyard. From refined elegance to country cozy, garden parties are one of the most versatile events to plan and can commemorate almost any occasion.
And, since Mother Nature – with a little help from your green thumb – is the focal point, you can organize a great party without a lot of work.
A relaxed atmosphere, fresh flowers, and simple food is all you need to host a enjoyable gathering of family and friends.
You can make a simple floral card into a beautiful invitation by scenting it with a little flowery perfume such as gardenia, rose, or lavender and wrapping it with an elegant ribbon. Print or create invites in the shape of butterflies or watering cans or design your own with vegetable stamps made from your garden produce.
If you are able to hand deliver your invitations, attach the cards to small decorative watering cans or plant pokes inserted into potted plants or boxes of impatiens and pansies. If all your guests live in town, you could even pay a student to deliver your invites for you, reminiscent of the Victorian courier. Guests will be honored to be individually acknowledged and personally invited.
Using calligraphy will add an elegant, professional look to your invitations, and can be created to suit any style from rustic to traditional or contemporary. Look for calligraphy font when typing out your invites or write them yourself using these instructions...
A garden party is all about creating a relaxed atmosphere so guests feel comfortable mingling and socializing.
Since garden parties are so versatile you could go with anything from a basic buffet to a catered 5 course dinner. However, since summer is typically warm, simple fare such as crackers and cheese, salads, wraps, hors d'oeuvres, and fresh fruit and veggies is usually the easiest option.
If you want a barbecue, then cook the food ahead of time so you just have to warm it on the grill. This will mean less time cooking and more time socializing with guests.
Even though the food is simple, you can dress up your menu with creative and appealing presentation.
Have large pitchers of fresh juices, iced tea, and lemonade so guests can help themselves.
Just like the main course, dessert can be equally simple and refreshing.
Backyard parties are usually about socializing so guests will probably enjoy simply mingling and chatting.
Organized activities are not necessary, but you can have some traditional lawn games available such as Croquet, Bocce Ball, or Horseshoes for those who want to arrange an impromptu match.
If there are no organized games, there is really no need for winner's prizes, however, you could have a couple of door prizes. Here are a few in keeping with the theme.
Though not necessary, it can be nice to send guests home with a special “thank you” gift. Some ideas include...
These are easy and inexpensive ways to thank guests for coming to your party and to let them know how much you appreciate their friendship.
Hosting a garden party is a great way to celebrate summer and show off all the work you put into making your backyard beautiful. From a family celebration to a neighborhood block party or a gathering of friends, everyone will enjoy the fun relaxed atmosphere of a garden party.
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