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10 Essentials for a Spring Garden Party

10 Essentials for a Spring Garden Party

spring garden party tablesetting
Written by Victoria Van Vlear
Photography by Amy Bartlam
Styling by Elise Portale and Victoria Van Vlear
Floral arrangements by Janice Morrow, @figandtwigs

Tired of the snow? Plan a spring garden party! If the winter blues have you in their icy grip, look ahead to spring for a splash of color, warmth and fresh flavor. Here are the 10 essentials you need to throw a breathtaking spring garden party.

  1. Something to celebrate. If you don’t have any birthdays or anniversaries on the horizon, celebrate a different occasion. How about a friendiversary?
wildflower bouquets

2. Botanical print table runner. Nothing says spring quite like flowers. Vintage botanical prints will make a unique table runner that’s both beautiful and practical—if lemonade or chicken salad spills on it, you can simply toss the page after the party.

rustic dessert for garden party

3. Vintage floral plates. You can never have too many plates. Even if it’s not a full set you can use for large parties, this would be the perfect time to purchase a small set you can pull out for an intimate luncheon or dinner.

rustic decor and lemonade for garden party

4. Fresh décor. Instead of scouring your home or local décor stores for accessories, just use fresh produce. Lay a radish at each place, or fill a vintage crate with lemons and apples to add to the atmosphere.

5. Wildflower bouquets. Wildflowers are so perfect for spring, and they’re easy to find, too. If you don’t have a field with buds nearby, head to a flower market or a grocery store with a good selection. Look for small blooms like miniature daisies and Queen Anne’s Lace for that wildflower vibe.

drink labels for spring garden party

6. Drink labels. If your guests are mingling before you sit down to eat, it will be easy for guests to accidentally grab another’s drink. Print and cut out simple labels with your guests’ names, then attach them to the glass with a miniature clothespin, or tie on the labels with a bit of twine.

rustic mushroom salt and pepper shakers

7. Rustic finery. To give your garden party farmhouse charm, show off rustic details like using milk jugs and Mason jars for drinking glasses. Place bouquets in galvanized metal vases, or serve food on wood slices.

rustic sandwiches

8. Simple sandwiches. You don’t have to serve fancy or even homemade food to make your garden party a success. If you’re spending most of your energy on the décor, serve simple sandwiches and other lunch food, then spruce up your choices with farmhouse details like twine and sprigs of greens.

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farmhouse garden party vegetable arrangement

9. An element of surprise. Let’s face it—compared to dessert, vegetables are boring. But if you serve them in interesting ways, they’ll be the stars of the party. We decided to serve broccoli, carrots and cherry tomatoes in miniature terracotta pots that are available at many craft and garden stores.

seed packet favors

10. A small favor. Send your guests home from your spring garden party with something to remind them of the event. Let each person take one of the botanical prints from the table runner, or give them a seed packet with flowers to grow. You could even make a few mini flags with their names.

party labels

Looking for more ways to celebrate the return of spring? Take spring inside and find Simple Spring Styling for Your Farmhouse. Of course, don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest to get your daily dose of farmhouse inspiration! 

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