Monday, April 16, 2012

It’s all in the details: garden parties

Hello friends. This past weekend the sun finally came out and blessed us with glorious weather. And not only did it lift my spirits, but it reminded me of all those exciting possibilities ahead for the approaching summer. I’m talking about outdoor entertaining, of course.


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And I’m not the only one with garden parties on my mind because this past weekend, I had lots of visitors coming to my site for garden party ideas. So today I thought I’d  share some pretty details for your next soiree under the trees. Here’s one creative idea. In this photo above, moss is used on the table to add texture and rich color tucked beneath this classic looking centerpiece. I love the urns, don’t you?

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Here’s a photo with more bright green moss on the table…


And here moss is used in a more dramatic way, wrapped around the entire centerpiece. I think this works well with the muted colors of this floral arrangement. Do you like it?


But you can also use fabric to accentuate brighter flowers. Here a piece of fabric is simply tied around a pot of lavender hydrangeas.


Or, if you prefer to use inexpensive mason jars for your centerpieces, one way to dress up your flowers is by adding ribbon. Here, ribbon is added to the bouquet before it goes into the jar to take advantage of the contrasting jar color. What a wonderful detail.


Here’s a large clear jar with a more rustic touch: it’s wrapped with a natural twine .


When you’re entertaining outdoors, it gives you a chance to add touches of nature to your table. Adding sprigs of greenery to your candles is one way.


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But candles en mass are dramatic enough when you’re dining under the stars. Look how simple and pretty these white candles look on a plain runner.


And I love this idea. Stringing lights from a large tree helps to create a cozy outdoor room...

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or, hanging lanterns over your head achieves the same effect. Which one do you prefer?


Do you need a quick, impromptu centerpiece for a casual dinner party on your patio? What about using a collection of bottles to showcase your favorite flower?

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This is a novel idea. Flowers in the air.

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There’s visual drama created whenever you make one flower dominant in your centerpiece. Find out which flowers are in abundance in your area (they will also be cheaper) and achieve this look. And don’t you love the single flower at each place setting?

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Garden dinner parties are a wonderful chance to use natural elements for your place cards. I like these succulents  used here, as a placecard and a party favor for your guests to take home.

Simple rocks are easy place cards, you just need to select rocks and a paint pen.


Here’s a photo of a place card from my own garden-themed dinner party using small clay pots. You can see how I made it HERE.

Still undecided about your table?

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Grab an old watering can.

Or gather a few baskets and candles…and cluster them on an old tray.


Or for an easy DIY centerpiece, how about fruit and greenery simply laid down the center of your table?

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Remember in the end…it’s all about spending quality time with your friends and family. Laughing. Sharing stories. Enjoying a glass of wine. If you can add a little beauty to your table with a few flowers and candles, great. But don’t stress.

Well friends, I hope I’ve given you a few DIY tablescape ideas for your next outdoor gathering.

Let me know if you try something from this post, I’d love to hear how it turned out. The next time I’ll be sharing some ideas on the subject of table linens for your garden dinner parties. Until then, you can check out how nice burlap looks when it’s used as a table covering in this POST. 

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Bye for now,



1 comment:

Well Dressed Cupcakes said...

Following u back. Beautiful pictures!

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