Hosting the Perfect End-of-Summer Garden Party
The final days of summer are fast approaching! With back to school and fall just around the corner, it's time to enjoy the beautiful summer days while we still can. What better way to do this than with a garden party for your family and friends. Read on for our tips on designing the perfect party, complete with customizable items from Domanda Design and a few of our go-to summer recipes.
Plan in Advance
The best parties are the ones that have been planned in advance. Consider the items you might need for your party from decorations to food and drink items. If you are asking your guests to bring anything, be sure you give them plenty of advance notice so they have time to prep and plan too!
Consider a Theme
A great way to begin planning a party is to consider a theme. You could focus your party around one plant in your garden, or even make the theme something else summer-y like a day at the beach. Even if you choose to forgo a theme, be sure to select a color palette when you select your decor. Check out our article on Spring 2022 Color Trends for more ideas on what colors are in style this year.
Select Your Decor
When planning decor for your garden party, keep it simple. Use florals, greenery, and herbs that are in your own garden as centerpieces for your tables. Add string lights or candles around your space for pops of warm light. Be sure to have plenty of seating available for your guests, and consider adding a different throw pillow to each chair to add a pop of pattern! Placemats are a great way to add color to your table as well, and check out our article Setting the Perfect Table to learn the proper way to set your table for your guests.
Have Activities Planned
Keep your guests entertained with different outdoor games and activities. Common garden party games include bocce, croquet, corn hole, frisbee, and board games. Consider creating a party playlist as well with all of your guests favorite songs included.
Make Party Favors
Be sure to have a party favor ready to send home with your guests. The best favors are personalized and consider the personality of each guest. Send guests home with a small vase of flowers from your garden to commemorate the day. For favors that last longer, check out our tote bags in various colors and styles that you can customize to each of your guests’ personal styles. As a bonus gift you could include a journal for them to jot down all of their favorite summer memories (including your garden party).
Consider the Weather
It’s important to be prepared for all types of weather during your party. For a sunny day, be sure to create spots of shade around your space using umbrellas or canopies and have sunscreen available for your guests. In the case of rain, have a backup plan for your party. Either select a rain date or be ready to move the party inside or to a tent.
Don’t Forget About Food and Drinks!
Food and drinks are crucial to the success of any garden party. When choosing recipes to make, pick dishes that use what is in season in your local community and is easy to serve to many guests. Check out our favorite below:
- Beet Hummus from Simply Recipes
- Grilled Corn Salad with Hot Honey - Lime Dressing from Bon Appétit
- Watermelon Feta Salad from Delish
- Farmers’ Market Quinoa Salad from Bon Appétit
By following our tips and tricks above, you are sure to throw an end of summer garden party that all of your guests will remember. Looking to incorporate more Domanda Design products into your party and want some design advice? Reach out to us on social media and we will help guide you towards a product that is perfect for you. The possibilities are endless!
This blog post was written by Emma Becker.