Great garden party ideas start with thinking about how best to decorate your garden.
Garden parties may evoke thoughts of cucumber sandwiches and tea, but these outdoor affairs can be just as easygoing as they are elegant. If you’re looking to plan a memorable bash of your own that incorporates a modern touch, get inspired by these brilliant garden party ideas.
TROPICAL TIKI BAR
Tiki bars are the ultimate garden accessory right now, alongside hanging chairs and hot tubs! With simple ingredients and zingy flair, these potted duos feel as easy as your favorite summer cocktail. Purple clematis twines up the posts, with a mound of sweet potato vine below.
SPRING BRUNCH VIBE
This table pulled under an apple tree in bloom looks like the perfect spot to host a spring brunch. If you have a standout feature in your garden this season, try temporarily moving your outdoor furniture to be up close to the action.
SET UP A PICNIC
Take note from this picnic set up if you want to throw a laidback but thoroughly stylish garden party. Pile on the throw blankets and pillows and don’t forget the rose.
SET THE TABLE IN STYLE
If you’re looking to create a more formal garden party feel set the table as if you were hosting indoors. Lay individual place settings with napkins and cutlery. Add a statement floral centerpiece or dot jam jars filled with flowers down the length of the table.
LITTLE EFFORT GO A LONG WAY
A little decorating effort can go a long way toward transforming it into a dream party destination. Even if they’re only temporary, lanterns, fun tablecloths, overhead canopies and more will take an outdoor room up a notch.
FARMHOUSE PARTY STYLE
Enjoy the garden by taking a break from the weeding, sowing and picking and enjoy a cup of tea whilst relaxing in these colorful upcycled bentwood chairs. Decorated with interesting paper and sealed with several coats of varnish for durability and pleasure.
There are shade sails and then there are actual sails, repurposed to cast shade. For a fun, nautical look and an instant conversation starter, try to get your hands on one of the latter.
PERFECT WEDDING VENUE
Remember, not all weddings are big: If your property is smaller, but utterly romantic, it could still make an excellent wedding venue for couples with a small gathering in mind.
HANG STRING LIGHTS
If you’re having an al fresco dinner garden party in the evening, make it feel especially magical by hanging string lights. Add plush throws and colorful tabletop decor for a strong finish.
A formal arrangement adds a sophisticated touch to a garden party, but less structured arrangements of simple blooms in containers such as jugs or jars will create an understated feel more in sympathy with the surroundings.