Outdoor Entertaining Essentials: 5 Tips for Throwing the Perfect Garden Party
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tis the season for celebrating friendships and what better way to do that than with a gathering PaperCity has dubbed “Houston’s ultimate garden party?” We teamed up with some of our favorite local creatives to host a spring-inspired affair, highlighting one of our latest designs and a few noteworthy outdoor entertaining tips in the process.
Thinking about hosting a garden party in your own home? We’ve got you covered! Check out the links below and keep scrolling for our tips to set the stage outdoors!
How to Set the Table: Mostesss Box
What to wear: House of Harper
What to Eat: Smart in the Kitchen
All the Pretty Details: Meg Grant & Co
Bring the Indoors, Out
Move pieces of indoor furniture outside so that patio and garden spaces become a seamless extension of your home. For larger events with ample time for planning, consider a full-scale dining room setup on the lawn.
We love how these chairs have a garden-inspired lattice back and breezy linen seat cushion. It’s a subtle nod to garden parties past.
If it’s a more casual gathering, consider relocating smaller items like bar carts, ottomans, and side tables to fit your entertaining needs!
Shop a few of our favorite pieces below!
Show Your Softer Side
Offering your guests the same comforts experienced inside your home helps everyone feel relaxed and refreshed.
Expert Tip: Steer clear of patio furnishings that aren’t lounge-worthy, and incorporate soft spots at varying heights where guests can kick back with ease.
You can even layer in an outdoor rug to ensure there’s something sumptuous underfoot!
Mix and Match
When it comes to table décor, we love anchoring your place settings with a tablecloth or runner, and then layering a variety of colors, patterns, and textures on top to achieve a fresh, vibrant vibe.
Stack mismatched plates, use serving pieces and flatware with various finishes, and top it off with colorful name cards. With friends like Mostess Box, you’ll likely have all of your entertaining needs on hand!
Go Au Naturel
Allow Mother Nature to take center stage by accenting your vignettes with fresh florals and earthy fruits and vegetables.
You (and your guests!) will be amazed at the exquisite range of color found in organic elements!
Leave Your Cares at the Door
Let’s face it – outdoor entertaining doesn’t always go according to plan. But, speaking from experience, embracing the fact that a windy day may disturb your pristine flower arrangements will help you take it in stride when a few of your prettiest buds wind up on the ground. And when it comes to those moments, it never hurts to have a few refreshing cocktail recipes at the ready!
So, pour the bubbly, pop a macaron, and remember that entertaining is all about making memories with your loved ones!
Any garden party tips we missed? Drop us a note below! Happy hosting!