Garden Party Ideas, Decorations, Menu & Recipe Tips

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garden party table settingsAs the warms in late spring and summer, there’s nothing quite like an outdoor garden party to celebrate Mother’s Day, a graduation, or to give friends or family members their special day in the sun.

Make it extra special by sprucing up an otherwise casual backyard garden with real silverware, elegant tablecloths and, of course, oversized flower centerpieces and fruit bowls for splashes of bright, vivid color.

Up ahead, check out our favorite ideas for garden party invitations, party food and activities and more ideas for hosting a fun and memorable garden party …

Hosting a garden party

Start out by sending invitations using downloadable garden clipart or garden photos, and use wording like “Roses are red, violets are blue. Our garden party won’t be the same without YOU!” And remember to include the location, date and time, and RSVP details.

On party day, set up any outdoor space decorated with fresh flowers (silk or paper flowers will do if a green thumb isn’t
one of your strong points,) terra cotta pot utensil holders, or a bright carved watermelon basket you can make yourself.

NOTE: Like any good party planner you should expect it to rain, and have an alternative space inside where guests can party indoors.

After all, there’s nothing like being prepared for the worst to ensure it won’t happen!

You don’t need an enormous lawn with space for furniture. A small patio, city backyard – or any outdoor space with room for chairs and a group of people – can be a perfect garden party setting.

For easy garden party food, think about make-ahead pan meals or party trays filled with finger foods. If it’s a garden tea party, mini-sandwiches and tray of scones and other sweets can be set out so guests can help themselves buffet-style.

Keep the party hoppin’ by setting up a paper flower making crafts table, a flower arranging competition, or any backyard game such as a bean bag toss. If kids are in attendance, have flower or garden themed coloring pages and crayons ready to keep little hands active.

When the party’s over, send guests home happy with a keepsake favor such as flower seed packets, a paper flower bouquet, or paper bags filled with home-grown vegetables from your garden!

On site and around the Web, discover more ideas for themes, food and menus for hosting an open air graduation celebration, tea party, Easter party, or bridal shower for friends or family – whether you’re holding a simple buffet or a 7-course banquet outdoors…

More about garden parties around the Web:

Oprah Hosts the Perfect Garden Party
– There she is, holding court in a jazzy garden party hat with additional images
in a photo gallery – and including a complete menu, recipes, tips and advice for party decorating, making the invitations, planning the menu and setting the table. You can check out her other ideas for summer parties, too.

Evite’s Garden Party Guide – Evite provides more than just the email invitations and an easy way to manage the guest list. You’ll find ideas for themes and activities
as well as menu suggestions complete with recipes. Mint julep, anyone?
10 Spring Garden Party Ideas – Click through the main page to find clever ideas for homemade invitations, decorations, drink and food menu ideas with related illustrations and photos.


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