How to Organize a Garden Party for Summer

One of the best things to do in the summer is getting outside for some fun, food, and flowers, so is it any wonder that we’re such huge fans of garden parties?

If you’re looking to host your own floral festivity in your backyard, here are a few considerations before you get started. 

Pick a good spot

It’s not a garden party without the garden, after all. 

If you’ve got a beautiful backyard garden, you’re all set, but if you’re in a more urban environment you’ll need to borrow a space. Community gardens, local parks, and restaurant patios can all be rented out inexpensively for events, or you can always ask to use your green-thumbed friends and family’s spaces.

Dress up the table  

If there was ever a time for a beautiful table, it’s at a garden party. Vintage china from the thrift store, gorgeous napkins, and of course a heaping helping of flower arrangements will lend your event that gorgeous bohemian vibe you’d expect from a garden party. 

Need a hand arranging your table’s floral arrangements? Check out our free “How to Make Flowers” design video

Plan your menu 

The food you prepare for the party should be light, delicious, and easy to prepare and transport. We love sandwiches, charcuterie spreads, dips, and sparkling drinks for a festive garden party menu. And you can never, ever go wrong with ice cream.

Light the scene

I think good lighting is make or break for a party. If your garden party is at dusk, I love some beautiful hanging lights overhead to illuminate the area. Candles also add moodiness and interest to your event. But if your party is in broad daylight, be sure you give your guests somewhere to get away from the light. Shade is crucial so guests don’t overheat.

Have a rain backup plan

If the weather turns out rainy, you’ll want to have a contingency plan. That might be as simple as rescheduling it, or it might mean moving your event indoors. Be sure you have a backup plan in place, and if you know you’ll move indoors in inclement weather, indicate it on the invitation so your guests aren’t confused. 

We hope you have great weather, good food, and beautiful flowers this summer! 

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Emily Anderson