Take It Outside: Tips For A Garden Party

Published July 31, 2018

Warm evenings are made for entertaining outside.

There are many ways to add atmosphere to your garden and patio this summer.

Here are a few ideas to take your indoor party out to the patio:

Independent Beverage Station
It’s always a good idea to have a designated area for your beverages.

Your guests will enjoy the ease of helping themselves during the evening and the separate beverage station will not interfere with any movement around the barbecue or food preparation area.

Herbs in Terra Cotta Pots
This is a cute idea for each guest to take home at the end of the evening.

A simple, small terra cotta pot is painted white and an herb is planted inside. Add a decorative tag labeling each herb and display them on a pretty tray.

Comfortable Seating
Unfortunately not all outdoor furniture is comfortable. Adding colourful cushions to your guests’ seats will not only make them feel more at ease but will add a nice pop of colour to your outdoor area.

Floral Ice Cubes
Every time I make these for a party they are always a hit. Simply place an edible flower inside each individual ice cube compartment and fill with water.

Let them freeze during the day or overnight. Once they are fully frozen pop them into a clear ice bucket (I use a clear, tall vase) and add your bottled beverage. These are great to add inside individual drinks as well.

Garden Tea Party
If you are planning an afternoon lunch or brunch here’s a pretty idea for a table centrepiece.

A white teapot serves as a beautiful container for fresh flowers. Simply fill it with water and add stems of garden flowers to fill the top. Place at the end of a buffet table or in the center of your dining table.

It’s always nice to have a blanket on the back of your garden chair for your guests as well for the cooler evenings.

Remember to set your table up under umbrellas or an awning. Sitting under the hot sun while dining is not everyone’s preference. Providing a nice shady area to sit and linger is usually preferred.

Barb Lunter is a freelance writer with a passion for home decor, entertaining and floral design. She also runs Blu Dog Staging & Redesign. You can find more information at bludogstagingandredesign.com.