My twin sister and I hosted a garden party for our mom's 85th birthday. My mom and her friends just loved it and we had so much fun preparing for it. I am sharing this so you can use it as a template to host a garden party yourself! We split the tasks according to what we do best. I planned, shopped and set the table and my sister baked and did the flower arrangements. (Which jobs would you prefer?!) Now to share my best tips!
- Ask your guest of honor who they would like to invite? My mom has many friends and because we couldn't host them all, we limited the party to just her Bible Study group.
- Rather obvious, but find a garden! We took over my mom's garden and it was perfect. This idea can also work in a small space and even indoors if you are creative!
- Plan your color scheme in advance so the supplies color coordinate (it doesn't need to be perfect). I choose pastel pink, green and turquoise and added floral items to keep the garden theme.
- Use paper plates as the clean up is much easier and you can find really pretty ones nowadays. We gave each guest a mug filled with a small gift. They used the mug for their tea and then took it home. Less washing up for us to do!
- One of my Heartistry mottos is, "The more before the less the stress!" Get as much ready in advance to make the day of the party more relaxed. Lay out your plates and have all the ingredients ready.
- Combine purchased food items with homemade ones- you don't need to bake everything yourself. My sister made the birthday cake and decorated it with china birds to keep with the theme.
- Keep the portions small-people love to try more items. I choose treats to match the color scheme!
- When I saw these "garden party" hats I couldn't resist them, so bought them in California and had carried them on the plane to Connecticut. I know this is a bit crazy, but the ladies loved them! If you have the time you can make something similar with a marshmallow on a cookie and then iced in different colors.
- Add some decor in the garden. I made some paper flags and hung them between the trees. So easy and so festive! I also added some paper windmills into the flower pots. (I shop at discount stores and when I see something that is heavily discounted and matches the color scheme I buy it and then see how I can fit it in.) Anything to make a party more fun!
- Beautiful flowers have to be included for a garden party! My sister used greenery from the garden and then added in store bought flowers. She did such a beautiful job.
- The table is the focal point of the party so have fun setting it. Check out more tips on how to set a table here.
- I used two folding tables and covered them with old sheets (you don't want the legs showing) and then I used a neutral shade table cloth on top.
- Add height to the table. I used a pretty box, but you can use a cardboard box and cover it with a cloth.
- I picked greenery from the garden and made a garland by connecting the branches with florist's wire. It didn't last long in the heart but looked so pretty.
- Think through the flow and put your plates on one end, so people can walk down the length of the table helping themselves.
- My sister and I suggested that our dad give our mom a corsage. This was a first for them and it was so sweet to see my dad pin the flowers on my mom. He has since passed away so these photos are even more precious.
The guests arrived and were invited into the garden. Everyone was delighted to see the lovely table, the gifts and the special tea that we had prepared. My mom reflected that she had never had a big birthday party before (she had always been the one planning the parties for us.) I am not sure what took us to long, but it was certainly a huge success!
At the end of the time, my mom shared that her favorite part of the party was having her two daughters working away in her kitchen. Just being together was the highlight of the time!
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