As temperatures rise, parties begin to move outdoors. Below, we’ve got tips for bringing a laid-back elegance to your garden-inspired party. From stylized tablescapes and themed invitations to lawn games and seasonal cocktails, keep scrolling for seven party-perfect ideas that are sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests.
Focus on the Tablescape
An outdoor venue often shines on its own, so consider the places where your decorations will have the largest visual impact—like the tablescape. From the greenery-inspired table runner to the soft pink place settings, we love how this table arrangement, featured on 100 Layer Cake, incorporated soft, airy details. Keep in mind that any décor you choose needs to be weighted down. It’s best to avoid paper goods unless they’re on the heavier side.
Send Digital Invitations
Your invite will be the first communication guests receive about your party, so make sure you select a design that sets the tone for what’s to come (like lush florals or cascading greenery!) Greenvelope has a variety of garden-inspired invites you can browse here.
Keep the Menu Simple
Easy-to-grab snacks are perfect for an outdoor party. We love the idea of offering mini charcuterie boards (like this one featured on Pizzazzerie!) and sweet little snack bags that you can serve with chips, popcorn, or mixed nuts.
Photography: Pizzazzerie | Hello RSVP
Serve Seasonal Beverages
Your guests will appreciate a beverage option that’s made with the season in mind. Seasonal garnishes and fresh ingredients are the perfect way to add a special extra touch. Consider serving a cocktail that’s made with muddled fruit or a pitcher of lemonade with fresh sprigs of lavender or slices of lemon.
Photography and recipe: Ashley Rose Conway
Break Out the Lawn Games
Games and garden parties go hand in hand. Whether it’s croquet, ladder golf, or bocce ball, lawn games are always a hit. If you have space, we even recommend setting out a few balls that your guests can toss around.
Photography (left to right): Style Me Pretty | Pinterest
Decorate with Flowers
We love the idea of incorporating simple flower stems into decorative glass jars (and so will your guests). With a few snips and a little imagination, you can turn humble glass jars into party-perfect decorations.
Photography (left to right): Emily Scannell Photography | Meg Ruth Photography
Create a Backdrop for Photos
Have your guests strike a pose. We love the idea of creating a backdrop for photos, especially one with delicate, colorful flowers.