How to organize the perfect garden party
My garden is swelling with buds, some have even turned into beautiful flowers. I’m looking at a butterfly right now, its bright blue wings fluttering from flower to flower… it seems to be enjoying the warm morning sun. This sight is too good for me to concentrate on my work, so I allow myself the luxury of taking a break and letting the colors of my garden, the liveliness of the butterfly, and the infectious energy of the morning air guide myself. My minds.
Do you know where my imagination finally stops … sunny days that convince me that now is the perfect time to start organizing garden parties. 🙂 I think of friends and family gathering together under the sporadic shade of trees swaying in the gentle spring breeze. I imagine conversations about the incessant chirping of songbirds as we sip our favorite wine. I imagine myself sharing the table with the people I love… I always find this kind of entertainment wonderfully relaxing.
The very thought of organize a party inherently creates an adrenaline rush in me and creative juices start to fill my mind. For example, the dishes can assimilate the colors of spring while the generous use of brightly colored buntings can reach the child in all of us! Today I have some cool tips for hosting the perfect tropical garden party that I would like to share with you. Follow these steps on how to throw the perfect garden party as a guide to having an amazing night out!
Blaze of Color: turn your space into a tropical paradise
Pairing with the Season: With foliage brighter than emeralds and flowers that shine like jewels in warm spring weather, spring itself is a source of inspiration for your party space design. And since garden parties allow for more space, your guests can stroll or relax in the shade of the trees depending on the mood of your party.
Nature is already on your side to help you add color and beauty to the assigned space. So the best thing is to embrace this natural theme and play with the spring quirks your way. Let a refreshing shade of green dominate the theme of your decorations and use hues of bright red, orange, yellow, blue, and purple to represent the flowers of the season. For that tropical look, you’ll also want plenty of ocean undertones to stand out in your ‘Garden of Eden’.
A lot of us are usually content with digital invitations which can be interactive and are much easier to send, but paper invitations trigger the intrigue and that’s why I’m nostalgically in love with this traditional way of sending an invitation. .
You will have to get creative to make your guests instantly look forward to the party. It’s best to leave your guests on your theme by choosing an invitation card design that represents the tropics. I think of old postcard-style beach scenes or photos of refreshing tropical drinks that will make your guests think of hot beaches and exotic plants. You can also experiment with fonts that create a fun tone. And don’t forget to use bright colors that remind your guests of spring in the tropics. Don’t forget to remind them of the invitation to wear their favorite tropical outfit too!
Design your table
Floral decoration: Beautiful table arrangements are the focus of any garden party, and flowers can make any place more welcoming and inviting. But don’t forget to strike a balance between the natural beauty of your garden which would already have magnificent flowers, and the beauty of the flowers on your table. Beautiful vases with a few seasonal flowers can be pretty, but I would advise you to get creative and maybe use pineapple shells for a vase ~ place a bunch of fresh, fragrant flowers in each pineapple shell before placing it on each table.
Decorative accent: You can bring out this beautiful crystal bowl that you kept for the right occasion. I think a few decorative bird cages can also serve as a stunning accent for the main table. The centerpiece usually attracts attention and on many parties it ends up being a talking point adding camaraderie to the atmosphere.
Lighting: Natural light is of course the best element of any outdoor party, but outdoor celebrations can be so much fun that you might not realize how quickly the sun is reaching the horizon. So, get ready to light up your garden when the sunlight starts to fade. I have an affinity for candles, but if you expect the evening to be windy, using paper lanterns is more justifiable and will create a rather warm atmosphere that will put your guests more at ease.
Optional seats: Personally, I like the idea of just sitting on the grass, bathing in the sun, and chatting with friends ~ sounds like therapy for city dwellers, eh ?! So, set up some pillows and ottomans and let your favorite oriental rug sunbathe too!
Music that matches everyone’s energy
In addition to the beautiful flowers and lights that create the right atmosphere, music also has the ability to act as a mood enhancer. It plays a big role in how people feel at a party. Loud and lively music can be very uplifting, but alfresco lunches are best complemented with soothing tunes playing softly in the background to transport your guests to an island far, far away … and like the sunlight of the afternoon disappears under the willow canopy, you might want to choose a dance playlist that puts your feet on the ground!
Menu selection to appease your guests
Remember, the “magic of the moment” is welcoming your guests with an exotic feast! Go with the theme and let the tropical ingredients dominate the table. Since garden parties make movement so easy, you’ll want to focus on bite-sized nibbles that your guests can enjoy as they walk around to participate in different conversations.
Keep the drinks colorful, the food light and delicious, and include quirky items like edible flowers and fresh coconut water. Appetizers like Honey Glazed Chicken, Pineapple Glazed Shrimp, and Mango Cucumber Guacamole will go a long way in the success of your tropical island style party.
Party favors: because it’s really the thought that counts
Your guests were caring enough to make the time for your garden party, so let them know you appreciate them by leaving a small gift next to each of their plates. Parties are the best way to get together and spend some quality time with people you really love, and in all likelihood, your guest list will include friends and family who are very special to you. Honor them with a little sign of your love in the form of a party favor. It can be an exotic tropical flower, a handwritten note, or some handmade jewelry. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive, just something that makes your guests feel admired.
To conclude: Whether you have a large group to entertain or a group of two, the tropical garden party theme continues with the vitality that is already around ~ from butterflies fluttering around your floral backdrop to birds singing with the music ~ with friendly laughter adding to the mirth! So dust off your finest china, call your friends, and plan to dine al fresco! After all, celebrating all that is green is what this season really wants.
With the help of my tips for hosting the perfect garden party, I hope you will be inspired to host the tropical party of your dreams! Enjoy the season, have fun and share more time with your loved ones!