You have worked hard to perfect your outdoor space…now what? Now that the weather is perfect, why not throw a garden soirée? Entertaining in your home can be fun, especially when you feel prepared. That’s why we want to help you properly devise a plan to throw a successful first garden party.
We get it, the idea of hosting your first party can be a bit overwhelming at first, but don’t worry, we’ve got your back. With a good amount of planning, you’ll definitely impress your friends and guarantee a stress-free, fun event right in your very own backyard.
Here is everything you need in order to nail your first garden party!
Create The Perfect Invitation
This is the perfect time to put your calligraphy skills to use…or simply just write out a detailed group text message. There’s no need to get fancy if you really don’t feel like it, or if it’s just not your thing. However, crafting the perfect invitation means that you are laying out all of the details in whatever format you are comfortable with. Be sure to include the date, time and anything important like BYOB details, or perhaps you’re having a kids-free garden party. Be sure to put this on your invitation so your guests can always go back and reference it if they need to.
Pick A Theme
Oh, this is the super fun part. Picking a theme is very important, and this is one of the moments where you can really unleash your creativity. Yes, it’s a garden party, but maybe it’s an all-purple theme, or an English tea party theme. Maybe you want to keep things simple, so you could also make this a simple buffet-style picnic in your backyard, and everyone will be sitting on blankets and pillows. Really, this is all up to you. It’s your party and essentially you can do just about anything you want. Just make sure it’s something you’re excited about.
Dress Up Your Table
Even if you plan on using paper plates, have some fun with it. Choose unique and fun designs, and add some bobbles and elements of your theme to your table. Or, if you plan on making this a picnic-style garden party, be sure that you stick to your theme when setting up your area. And don’t be afraid to add things like candles and flowers around. Just be sure you leave enough space for actual plates!
Plan The Menu
Your menu should go with your theme as well. Once you know your theme, do a bit of research on the food choices that can go along with it. And stick to a few solid dishes and a couple of snacks as well. Part of the menu also involves your cocktails and drinks. You can get a ton of ideas from Pinterest, and customize recipes and concoctions to fit your guests’ needs. Don’t forget to have some water and sodas ready for those guests who don’t usually drink. Also, make sure you know your guests’ allergies so that they can at least enjoy some of your menu options.
Curate A Playlist
Sure, people will be walking around and talking with each other, but music can also be essential to your theme. It can help set the scene for your guests while you’re busy hosting. You can curate an essential playlist of various music that you and your friends love, or simply pop on a Pandora or Spotify playlist. Just be sure that the music is either on loop, or that your playlist will cover the timing of your garden party.
Don’t Forget The Greenery
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’ll probably be so focused on the other elements of your ultimate first garden party that you may totally forget all about your ‘garden’ components. If you have some sporadic greenery in your yard, why not add some floral arrangements or tiny planters from inside your home to your garden party’s tables? No need to get all fancy! Plus, if you use planters that you already have around your home, you won’t have to worry about cutting flowers or anything from your own garden. It is totally up to your personal preference and style.