A hostess’s dream is to tantalize party guests with an event that leaves them completely satisfied and in awe of the decor, food, drinks, and activities. This, however, can be tricky, especially if you haven’t had much experience throwing parties. Because it’s summer and we all are spending more time outdoors right now, here are some simple ways to throw an unforgettable garden party.
Have a Theme
There are so many fun ways to create a party theme. First, think of how you want to feel at the party and what elements help to promote that. In reality, being outdoors or in the garden sort of provides a nice theme all on its own. All you have to do is cultivate it with each element of your event.
You can do this before your guests even arrive by sending themed invitations or teasers. Make sure you carry out your theme with the decor, food, drinks, and even the activities you plan to do. I always find it helpful to look for a starting point, and your invitations just might be the place to look first. Specialty places like thefoilprintingco.com/usa are fabulous for creating unique details to carry out your theme.
Have a Special Dessert
Creating themes at parties is done by sprinkling the whole event with details that support your idea. This can be as complex or as simple as you like. One area that I love to show off in is the creation of a special dessert. Here are some of my favorites for an outdoor party.
*Fruit salad – Add color with fresh fruit like strawberries (red), apples, grapes, blueberries, or blackberries. You can also add red beetroot for purple and mangoes for yellow.
*Candyland cake – Cover cakes in white chocolate using candy cane pieces as decoration.
*Mason jar cups – Create individual-sized iced tea cupcakes using a mason jar and some wax paper. Fill the bottom of each jar with fresh fruit, like berries or slices of citrus fruits.
*Tropical smoothies – Blend up your favorite fruit in ice cream to make a fantastic refreshing drink.
Decorate With Flowers
When hosting a party, flowers are a great way to go if you’re looking for something inexpensive and easy to brighten up the area and bring a peaceful feeling to the party. They can really set the tone and make even the drabbest spots feel warm and inviting.
- Buy flowers in the colors of your party or event.
- Place them on tables as centerpieces or around the edges – avoid using too many because it can make things feel cluttered; try one large centerpiece with smaller ones surrounding it instead.
- Use individual blooms in vases where people will be sitting so that there is always soft color nearby.
Make a Flower Wall Installation
A flower wall installation is a fun addition to any party, especially a garden party. It can act as an event focal point, help create ambiance, and add some extra color to dark spaces. I recommend researching this project and choosing something that is simple and doable in a short time. You don’t want to tax yourself too much before your big event. And remember, when choosing where to hang this decorative art piece in your yard, be sure you keep sightlines clear so guests will still have room for mingling and conversation.
Mix and Match Your Cocktail Bar
Mix and match your cocktail bar to accommodate various guests. After all, not everyone will like just one themed drink like sangria or beer. Think about who is coming and what they normally like to drink. Offer enough choices to give everyone something they will enjoy. You can always make one or two signature drinks ahead of time and offer mixed drinks for those who don’t want the premade drinks.
Here are some ideas!
*Pomegranate Cosmo: Mix vodka together with cranberry juice and pomegranate liqueur in a martini shaker. Strain into a martini glass or champagne flute; garnish with fresh fruit slices such as lime wedges or strawberries.
*French 75 Cocktail: Fill up highball glass halfway with ice cubes. Add gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and Champagne. Stir until chilled and top off with sparkling wine.
*Cherry Manhattan: Mix bourbon whiskey with sweet vermouth, cherry brandy, and Angostura bitters. Add ice cubes to a shaker; stir until cold.
In conclusion, throwing a garden party can be one of the most fulfilling and memorable experiences you’ll have. However, it takes time, preparation, creativity, and an open mind to make it enjoyable for everyone involved. Stick to your planned theme for the best results. And, have fun!