There is something about a summer soiree that can effortlessly bring people together. Hosting such an event requires some preparation and planning … however, when guests comment on how well the party went and continue to talk about it for weeks, if not months, it means you did just about everything right.
Hosting a garden party is so much more than just having a punch bowl and a few chairs set up. If you’re interested in a truly unforgettable garden gathering, here are several tips and tricks to help make it the talk of the town.
How to Host a Garden Party
The Perfect Menu
Tailoring a seasonal menu should be simple with lots of summer offerings from which to choose. This means you’ll go with seasonal items, along with a few party staples. So base your menu on what’s in locally available (and in season in your area, of course). It will help bring a burst of color to your food table while offering a taste of freshness you simply can’t find with out of season ingredients. Plus, best of all, it helps keep food cost town.
Hosting your gathering outside has many benefits, however, one pitfall could be unpredictable weather. You’ll want to offer a covered area outside that blends together with your decorations. Luckily, there are many stylish options: from canopies and gazebos to elegant tents. Explore your local providers for rented options or, consider adding a permanent space! Party all the time.
Create a magical space through creative lighting. The best garden parties don’t just shut down because dusk is around the corner. In fact, some of the best times are had as the lights go down. So make sure there is ample lighting for your event. Beyond the garden lighting you already have, you can harness the power of Christmas lights and other lighting options to wrap around trees and hang between poles on tents.
This is when the orange hue lights look beautiful. It offers a glow that makes it feel like everyone is by a campfire, enjoying life.
Setting The Table
If you’re going to have a full meal you’ll want to set the table with floral decorations and rustic dishes. Offer reusable dishware for a more elevated experience.
If you’re serving snacks that guests can grab and walk around with, have smaller tables scattered around. By keeping your offerings more relaxed and less formal, your event will not feel too stuffy.
Varying flowers as centerpieces in rustic planters can add a touch of rustic elegance. Anything from vintage or teak flower boxes to concrete planters placed throughout the space can bring in a bit of whimsy.
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Organic But Planned
A garden party should feel very organic and free-flowing. When organizing the guests’ flow, consider every stop – from beverages to food, to places where your guests will congregate and converse. So keep it simple yet organized.
These are just a few of the tips and tricks you need to follow in order to put on an unforgettable garden party. If you’re looking to bring in new decorations or want to add the perfect touches of seating, accent pillows, or indoor/outdoor rugs, make sure to check out the wide selection of items available at Cottage & Bungalow.