Charming Garden Party
Garden Party 101
Only the best for your lovely guests. Get fancy without breaking the bank by tracing your favorite fonts on invitations and place cards. All you need to fake calligraphy: a computer, Microsoft Word, and cardstock.
Get the party rolling with a portable bar cart. This gold one is both fashionable and functional. Use it to create a self-serve drink bar complete with punch, champagne, and sparkling juice.
Peachy Keen Bouquet
That's right: Blooms can't have all the fun. This gorgeous bouquet pays tribute to the peach patch, highlighting the fuzzy blushing fruits in a creative way. Slide them onto bamboo skewers and arrange away!
Arrange a Flawless Bouquet
Creating a beautiful bouquet is easier than you think. Thanks to these quick tips, you'll be arranging like a florist in no time.
Scatter in-season fresh fruit across the table for a gorgous centerpiece that celebrates the season. Stick to fruits in the same color family.
No “love me nots” here. These peony-inspired flowers are made with only love … and stencils, crepe paper, and floral tape. Scatter them around the party site for a pop of color in every corner.
Add sparkle to every sip with a glittered glass. Squeeze a lemon around the rim then dunk into edible gold sprinkles.
Scrounge up a few extra stems from your bouquet to scatter around. Pop them in vases or set them out alone -- either way, they'll add a fragrant touch.
Set Up a Snack Table
A party without nibbles? We don't think so. Nosh on a table full of savory goods -- this one's filled with honey-drizzled crostini and fresh fruit. A simple neutral cloth and cheese box display allows the dishes to shine.
Ricotta, Gorgonzola, and Honey Spread
Pick up a French baguette, pop it in the oven, then slice for your best party snack ever: crostini. This tray's smeared with two creamy cheeses and fresh garden herbs. Peach slices give it a sweet, seasonal finish.
Julie's Styling Tip: Serve crostini on a variety of platters for contrast. A cheese box gives them height.
Ice Cream Glasses
One-up an ice bucket with an ice cream bucket. Scoop ice cream into glasses before the party to avoid a sticky mess. A copper bucket helps keep the frozen treat chilled.
Pop, Fizz, Clink
I scream, you scream. This adorable little bar calls for three things: ice cream, fizzy fruit soda, and paper straws. Use a vintage key to crack open each bottle with charm.
Ice Cream Sodas
There's nothing like homemade ice cream -- especially when it's made with real vanilla bean. Whip up a batch of your own the day before your party to help cut down on day-of prep time.
Homemade Frozen Yogurt
Give the ice cream bar a healthy spin with Greek frozen yogurt! This one's made with fresh berries and zippy lemons.
DIY Party Punch
Give guests the option to add a little bubbly to their punch. Keep the two separate so you can indulge (or not!) in some champagne.
Julie Blanner is a lifestyle blogger and entertaining expert who began sharing her effortless style of entertaining through her blog in 2008. Prior to her career in blogging, she planned countless weddings, lavish events, and intimate parties for clients in the Midwest. After years in the events industry, Julie has honed her signature style into a blog full of captivating recipes, home design ideas, and entertaining advice. She was named Better Homes and Gardens Entertaining Blogger of the Year in 2014. Her approach is warm and simple -- entertaining and design that celebrates everyday life.