Welcome To The Great Garden Party!
With all the time spent creating a wonderful garden, why not show it off with a garden party? I’ve gathered ideas from favourite bloggers for everything from decor ideas, to food and drink, a surprise furry guest, and sweet parting gifts.
Let’s Get This Party Started
Arriving at the party, there is a colourful and comfortable seating area:
First Things First
Before we get comfortable, there’s critical information to be shared:
What will we be eating?
I love it when a menu is posted at a party. There’s only so much gastronomical real estate available and, like any good guest, I like to plan my eating carefully so I get to enjoy all my favourites!
There is no greater party tragedy than filling your tummy with so-so food and then seeing something ridiculously delicious put out on the serving table. Epic fail! Post something like this chalkboard menu so your guest know what’s coming:
Washstand Serving Station
Ok. We know there’s great food coming, let’s get something to drink. Heather used this old washstand to create a serving station for beverages. The drawer and cabinet space provide a place for extra cups and glasses:
As someone who only drinks water every day of the year, I love the idea of offering some unusual and delicious beverages I wouldn’t normally get to try. There’s so many possibilities, whether you choose to use alcohol or not.
Heather has an easy recipe for Iced tea punch.
Party Food Ideas
Where to begin? Instead of serving one big meal, how about offering various items throughout the party? Try to have something for those who love savoury, those who love sweets, and those who love both!
Karin is a total foodie. Her blog is filled with food ideas featuring fresh, delicious ingredients. Cheese and crackers are just the beginning. You can also crank it up a notch with fresh cheese, grilled veggies, bread, and olive oil. Just make sure you have lots of cloth napkins handy.
Sweet Dessert Ideas
Indulge! I say. Indulge! This apple cake has a sugary crust and looks divine:
This strawberry and chocolate pie is perfect for fresh berry season and it’s easy to make:
Keep The Bugs Away
Despite all the food and drink, things can become miserable quickly if the mosquitoes, black flies, and no-see-ums are lurking about. Have some natural bug spray handy for everyone to use:
In-Season Garden Decor
The point of this garden party is to enjoy the garden (and eating! Eating! Eating! being together, of course). See what flowers (twigs, leaves…) you have available and make something wonderful with them.
Carlene creates wonderful displays with her vintage collections and flowers like these laundry-themed planters and wheelbarrows.
And how about this floral cupcake? I’d love to have some on a table right beside identical edible ones.
Pick whatever flowers you love (and have lots of) and make gorgeous bouquets:
If you want to add a vintage / glam touch, use some silver serving dishes as planters for the tables:
Since we’re outdoors, let’s enjoy it! Don’t blast music: let the garden provide it. This garden art fountain provides the beautiful sound of falling water:
Yes, it’s an outdoor party but, face it: the guests are still going to come into your house. So have it clean and ready and give the guests something to talk about like this a powder room filled with a beautiful collection like these cobalt blue glass pieces:
Special Guest Star
Forget conventional entertainment like games and musicians: how about a live bear in a tree? Kidding! But if you’re like Lynne, who gets bears up her trees every spring and fall, I suggest you schedule your garden party around these times of year! While intriguing from a distance, they are the type of guests who plow through the food table pretty darn quick.
Twinkle Twinkle Pretty Lanterns
If your party will go into the evening, have extra sweaters and lap blankets handy, and make some tin can lanterns to add ambience. Very pretty as the sun goes down!
Time To Go – Thanks For Coming
While it’s really not necessary to give guests parting gifts, it’s just plain fun if you’re crafty and like to make stuff. How about some mini hypertufa planters with succulents:
I love to make these giant homemade fortune cookies. Not only do they taste great (unlike those strange, dry restaurant ones) but you can customize the fortunes and freak your guests out:
I started making my own soaps and lotions a few years ago. And I warn you: it’s FUN. So fun you’ll want to make more than you can ever use. This is a great opportunity to make gifts like Tanya’s wild rose and honey hand cream:
The guests are fed and happy, have treats to take home, and enjoyed the bear in tree. I hope you enjoyed the party as much as they did.