Spring is here and it’s time to take the party outdoors!
Garden parties are all about friends, family, fun–and, of course, food!
Hosting a garden party for the first time? Don’t stress! These no-fuss parties are all about sharing great food and drinks with friends and family.
The steps to creating an amazing garden party are really quite simple. Start with a deck, patio, or just a patch of green grass. Add tasty and easy-to-eat food and drinks. Then invite your favorite people and enjoy!
Want to add a little flair to your garden party? Check out the ideas below.
Party Decor–Let Mother Nature be your guide when decorating for your garden party. You don’t have to plant a garden, of course, but you can lavish your deck or patio with potted plants and put vases of fresh flowers on the tables. Want to have a party theme? A favorite flower, color, or even fruit is all it takes.
Seating Arrangements–Set up tables and seating areas so your guests have room to mingle outdoors. Provide a mixture of chairs and benches for comfort and versatility. Make your table settings as casual or elegant as you like. Read 50 Great Designs for a Garden Party.
Light It Up–Will your garden party continue into the evening? If so, lights and paper lanterns will add light, ambiance, and fun to your festivities. String your lights around the perimeter from your pergola, trees, or deck/patio railing or roof. For more inspiration, check out 28 Outdoor Lighting DIYs to Brighten Up Your Summer.
Chilled Beverages–Make batches of your favorite drink to share with your guests. This signature beverage can be anything from sangrias to margaritas. Keep plenty of beer and wine cold in coolers or buckets filled with ice so guests are free to help themselves. Make sure to offer a variety of nonalcoholic beverages including iced water, tea, and lemonade. Check out the Cooking Channel’s Best Summer Drinks and Cocktails.
Unforgettable Finger Foods–We all love finger foods. The pure genius of them is that you and your guests are free to stroll, mingle, and socialize as you eat. Appetizers work well for outdoor parties because they are easy to prepare and you can often make them ahead of time.