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9 Lovely Garden Party Ideas

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Whether it’s for an engagement, a baby shower or “just because” —a garden party is a charming and relaxing way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Here are some lovely garden party ideas to get you started!

1. Make it a tea party

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What’s a garden party without tea? Channel your best Alice in Wonderland vibes by serving tea as the signature party drink. Set up a hot tea station with a decorative tea set and honey or agave. Or, if the weather isn’t suitable for something hot, serve up some iced tea in pretty acrylic glasses. But don’t just settle for generic sweet tea! Try some unique, refreshing flavors with these copycat recipes for Starbucks refreshers. To add extra flower power to your garden party, serve floral-infused drinks like elderflower lemonade or a blushing ginger rose fizz mocktail.

2. Plan some outdoor games

Enjoy the outdoors and liven up the party with fun backyard party games like horseshoes, cornhole, bocce ball, croquet, limbo, giant Jenga, or hacky sack. If little ones are invited to the party, fill up some water balloons (but don’t forget to clean up!) or set up a beanbag toss, hopscotch, or even a sack race if you have space.

If you rent an outdoor garden venue from Peerspace, your host might already have games available for you to use. Just check out the amenities section when you book or message the host to find out what they may have to offer.

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3. Prepare a garden-grown meal

Take inspiration from your green surroundings and prepare a fresh, farm-to-table style meal. Think fruit salads, flatbreads topped with veggies, caprese, bruschetta, and cobblers for dessert. If you are stumped, this blog offers some creative, garden-inspired recipes to jumpstart your culinary imagination. Serving mainly plant-based eats at your party is not only sustainable, but it’s also a great way to work around any dietary restrictions and preferences your guests may have.

4. Find a venue on Peerspace

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If you don’t have an outdoor garden of your own, don’t stress —you can borrow one of ours! The enchanting garden of your dreams awaits on Peerspace. There are plenty of hosts in various cities who own gorgeous outdoor spaces with picturesque landscaping, grills, pools, fire pits, and other amenities to bring your garden party ideas to life. Some venues even offer catering as an add-on, so you don’t have to go out of your way to keep your guests fed and happy.

5. Dress up!

Pick a theme for your garden party and dress up accordingly! Think old-fashioned with elegant sundresses, fancy hats, and colorful vests. Or go for an Alice in Wonderland theme and ask everyone to dress as their favorite character. They can choose from the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Red Queen, the talking flowers or the Queen’s cards, the Dormouse or the Dodo bird, and of course, Alice herself. You can find great costume pieces and accessories at your local thrift or vintage stores.

6. Design a beautiful tablescape

Your garden party will already be beautiful thanks to your choice of venue, but you can still find ways to decorate by designing a festive tablescape. Incorporate artificial or real flowers, twigs, succulents, fake moss, fairy lights, and candles as centerpieces, and put it all on display with a table runner. Consider using cloth napkins and reusable utensils, plates, and cups out of respect for the environment. You can check out Pinterest and Instagram for tablescape inspiration, and you can find the centerpieces you need at craft and home improvement stores. 

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7. Have your flowers and eat them too

Add edible flowers to the table by sprinkling them into food and drinks. Roses, violets, nasturtium, elderflower, daisies, dandelions, calendulas, pansies, and the blossoms of the garden pea plant are all edible and eye-catching garnish options! Here are some beautiful floral cocktail recipes that will wow your guests and look gorgeous on the table and in the party photos. Serve them with brightly-colored paper straws for an extra festive look. This garden party idea is a fun and unique way to take the event up a notch.

8. Serve succulent cakes

Top off your party treats in an extra-festive way with a succulent cake. And no, we don’t mean succulent like “delicious”—we’re talking cakes that literally look like succulent plants! These gorgeous, intricately designed cakes have been gracing bakers’ Instagram accounts in recent years because the popular, almost-indestructible houseplant makes a beautiful, unique cake topper model. You can get a succulent cake in greens and blues or pinks and reds, depending on your color scheme. Fondant succulents can go on full-sized cakes, or cupcakes, depending on your preference. They are definitely the trendiest new flowers when it comes to cake decorations.

9. Give out themed party favors

Favors aren’t just for weddings and birthday parties, so give your guests a sweet sendoff by gathering an assortment of garden-themed goodies! Tiny succulents, air plants, pretty pots, gardening tools, seed packets, and small bouquets all make excellent little gifts that everyone is sure to appreciate. This garden party idea is an extra special touch that will impress your guests and leave them something memorable to take home.

This spring or summer, celebrate the days of sunshine with a lovely garden gathering of friends and loved ones. These garden party ideas will give you all of the inspiration you need to have a wonderful outdoor soiree!

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