How to Host a Gorgeous Afternoon Garden Party
Gather in the Garden
There's no better way to celebrate spring than with a garden party filled with flowers and friends. We're sharing stunning ideas for tea party food, DIY flower arranging, and pitcher cocktails. Gather your gals and head outside!
Keep the garden party food fuss-free by serving up a variety of topped toasts. From sweet chocolate-topped bread to a savory spread of cheese, these easy-to-eat apps are perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea (or cocktail!). Keep it casual by serving your appetizers on a pretty wood cutting board ($22, Bed Bath & Beyond) and setting out a stack simple white plates so guests can serve themselves.
Chic Buffet Table
Serving up drinks in champagne coupes ($20 for four, Wayfair) makes this garden party feel extra special. Mixing up a pitcher cocktail ensures you'll be free to enjoy the party. Just before serving, add a few slices of fresh fruit or pomegranate seeds to each glass.
In addition to a few special cocktails, serve up a big pot of tea. For the prettiest presentation, add a few sprigs of fresh mint just before pouring. Weather warming up? Serve a batch of fresh iced tea instead! You can brew your own, or pick up a box of Tazo Passion Herbal tea bags ($4, Target) ahead of time.
Bring the Inside Out
Don't have enough patio seating for a party? No problem! Grab a few kitchen chairs and bring them outside. Scatter outdoor pillows ($10, Target) and blankets for a cozy setting your guests will feel instantly comfortable in. Place small flower arrangements on tall candlesticks to add height to your dining table.
A low and flowing flower arrangement is the perfect DIY centerpiece for this laid-back garden party. Start by placing large blooms in a pretty stone dish ($34, Afloral). Add in smaller flowers and stems to fill in the arrangement. Finish with a few sprigs of greenery draped over the side.
Set up two designated areas at this crafting garden party. First, set up a buffet and dining table in one! It encourages guests to sit and chat while they pass food family-style. Then, arrange a second station for flower arranging. Cover the surface of a long table with kraft paper for easy cleanup and provide fresh flowers, vases, stem cutters, and everything else guests need to create their own arrangements.
Create the ultimate flower arranging station with bunches of grocery-store flowers in a monochromatic color scheme. Tulips, carnations, ranunculuses, lisianthuses, and roses work well. Place the stems in water inside galvanized metal flower buckets ($10, Michaels) a few minutes before the party begins; you'll need about 8 stems per guest.
DIY Flower Arranging
Provide supplies so each guest can take home their own bouquet to enjoy. Use sheets of kraft paper or gift wrap tied with about half a yard of silk or velvet ribbon. Look for ribbon pieces or scraps at your local crafts supply store. Get our must-have tips for creating pretty bouquet wraps.
Editor's Tip: Rather than purchasing several full-size rolls of ribbon, look for ribbon remnants in various colors at your local crafts supply store. (These are usually less expensive, too!)