May 18, 2018

Your Guide to Spring Entertaining

Garden Party Perfect

“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.

Outdoor Entertaining Furniture

Marie Flanigan Interiors, furniture via Lam Bespoke, florals via Maxit Flower Design

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.

Outdoor Entertaining Guide Furniture

Marie Flanigan Interiors // furniture: Lam Bespoke // rug: Madison Lily

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.

Outdoor Entertaining Guide Furniture landscape tennis court

Marie Flanigan Interiors // furniture: Lam Bespoke // rug: Madison Lily

If it’s a more casual gathering, consider relocating smaller items like bar carts, ottomans, and side tables to fit your entertaining needs!

Garden Party hosting outdoor entertaining bar cart essentials

Marie Flanigan Interiors // bar cart: Lam Bespoke

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.

Garden Party Furniture outdoor entertaining

Marie Flanigan Interiors // calligraphy: Meg Grant & Co // food: Marcia Smart // styling: Mostess Box

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.

Outdoor entertaining furniture garden party

Marie Flanigan Interiors // rug: Madison Lily // furniture: Lam Bespoke

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.

Outdoor entertaining mix and match plates

Marie Flanigan Interiors // calligraphy: Meg Grant & Co // styling: Mostess Box

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!

Outdoor entertaining and table setting bridal luncheon shower

Marie Flanigan Interiors // calligraphy: Meg Grant & Co

outdoor entertaining table setting decor

Marie Flanigan Interiors // florals: Maxit Flower Design

Go Au Naturel

Allow Mother Nature to take center stage by accenting your vignettes with fresh florals and earthy fruits and vegetables.

Outdoor garden party florals neutral loose

Marie Flanigan Interiors // florals: Maxit Flower Design

You (and your guests!) will be amazed at the exquisite range of color found in organic elements!

A delicious spread from Smart in the Kitchen that is almost too gorgeous to eat!

Expert Tip: If you’re stressing about the menu, head on over to Smart in the Kitchen and sign up for a cooking class. Don’t forget to spend time perusing her fabulous wine selections too!

Shower Luncheon Table Setting Outdoor Entertaining

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Bridal Brunch Shower Food and Decor

Marie Flanigan Interiors


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!

Summer Cockails Outdoor Entertaining

Marie Flanigan Interiors

So, pour the bubbly, pop a macaron, and remember that entertaining is all about making memories with your loved ones!

Outdoor pool party

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Outdoor garden party luncheon

Marie Flanigan Interiors

Any garden party tips we missed? Drop us a note below! Happy hosting!


Join the Conversation

  1. Kyleen says:

    What a beautiful garden party! My family and I host a garden Derby Party every year! Great tips and love your skirt!

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