Enjoying the outdoors with beautiful friends and family is one of the highlights that Spring's warmer weather brings, so why not throw a chic garden party with your nearest and dearest to celebrate all things sunshine filled. Not sure how to throw a garden party? No need to worry, we have you covered with this easy how to guide!
First things first, you will need to choose a location for your soiree. Because it’s a celebration of spring and sunshine it is best to look for a gorgeous outdoor location, think a backyard, terrace, park or a secluded little bushland clearing. Make sure there is enough space to accommodate all your guests and props with plenty of room to move and have a little fun.
SETTING THE SCENE
You want your garden party to emulate those sunshine filled vibes you are celebrating. Think beautiful rustic bunting, fairy lights, lanterns, colourful rugs
, soft cushions
scattered about, throw rugs in bright tones and low to the ground tables to create intimate lounging clusters. If your garden party is going to go the distance and merge into the evening, scatter about glass jars or vintage candelabras with candles to provide soft pockets of flickering light for guests to gather around. Choose the main table for food and utensils and drape it in a neutral cloth, adding colour pops with beautiful floral arrangements foraged from all those abundant spring time blooms around your neighbourhood.
TRIMMING THE TABLE
This is the fun part, choosing beautiful bits and pieces to decorate your garden party serving table and lounging tables. This is where you can let your aesthetic shine through, whether minimal all white settings are your thing, mix and match vintage floral plates or hand made artisan ceramics go to town and stack them in a few gorgeous piles on your serving table. Place cutlery in oversized metal tins, vintage jugs or wooden boxes and leave piles of napkins in tones that compliment your plates dotted about the serving table. Add plenty of colourful blooms to your table, whether you choose one oversized statement bunch or many, many smaller bunches in mix matched vases, tins and glass jars; the key with a celebration of all things spring time is to let the florals shine!
PLAN THE MENU
Planning a thoughtful menu is just as important as choosing the location when it comes to a garden party. Think light as it's harder to prepare food outdoors without a kitchen
! Little charcoal barbecues are great for cooking up some marinated prawns or baking a whole statement fish if you would prefer to add some substance to your garden party menu serve these with a selection of artisan bread and some fresh salads for a light but absolutely delicious garden party meal. If easier options are more your style then plan over flowing grazing platters of cheese, meats, breads, nuts and fruits, platters of chic cut tea sandwiches and abundant bowls of fresh berries and fruit.
Set up a bar cart laden with supplies for guests to DIY their own cocktails and fill the bottom half of the cart with clean glasses. Place a big empty vintage silver tub with ice and drinks next to the bar cart so that again, guests can service their own needs, decorate again with foraged blooms, a hand made flower garland or some lush vines. and a few recipe cards printed with your favourite spring time cocktails.
It's always fun to set up a casual game or two for your guests to occupy themselves with in between all the eating, drinking and conversation. Boules, croquet, and quoits are always a bit of nostalgic fun, sure to bring out a little competitive spirit amongst guests.
There you have it the easiest and without doubt, the most gorgeous plan for a sunshine filled, spring time garden party. With a little planning, your garden party can be the perfect balance between a sophisticated dinner party and a fun barbecue. Good food, drinks, fabulous company and glorious sunshine are all you need for the most perfect afternoon.
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