This spring and summer consider these outdoor garden party decoration ideas for your table in your own backyard. These garden party ideas will brighten your table and bring a smile to everyone's face.
Garden party decoration ideas, place setting, and the centerpiece are just the beginning of showing those you love how much they mean to you. After you have this outdoor garden table setting arranged then all you need are some yummy recipes and family members to polish off the best day ever!
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Garden Party Decoration Ideas
Are you ready to create this special occasion lovely garden tablescape? I cannot wait to walk you through the steps. But before we jump into supplies think about a color theme and pick an outdoor space for your party.
Consider a spot that is level for your table. It will make things more comfortable for friends and family. The outdoor area I used was my back patio. It is just outside my back door and near my kitchen which will make life easier.
Next, since my outdoor table is inspired by rose pattern dishes I knew my color scheme would be pink and green. What is your color theme? Once you have your colour scheme let's grab some supplies and get started.
What Do You Need For an Outdoor Garden Party?
- Desert Rose Plates (if you plan to use this pattern or something close)
- White salad plate
- Stemless champagne flutes
- Linen napkins
- Laser-cut names party favors
- White ruffled sheet (size depends on your table)
- Pink and white stripe seersucker fabric
- Farmhouse dining table
- French bistro chairs (I found these bistro chairs at Ikea)
- Straw hat
- Jasmine vines
- Pink roses
Outdoor Garden Party Decorations
So now that we have all our supplies let's jump right into setting up your table. But first, how do you make a garden party fun?
How Do You Make a Garden Party Fun?
Probably the most important aspect of making this garden party fun is checking the weather forecast. Find a warm day that has no rain. If there is one thing that will dampen your backyard garden party is rain.
Also, if it is a cloudy day with no rain that is even better but if the skies are clear find a shady spot for your table. To warm days can dampen a party too. It will make all the difference if your guests are shaded. However, if you have cool evenings in the forecast simply encourage your guests to dress warm.
Last, plan ahead and plan to have everything ready at least an hour before the guests arrive. A great way to have fun is when your guests arrive let go of anything that is exactly as planned and focus on your friends and family and enjoy their company.
If there is one thing that will make any party fun that is if the hostess is having fun. So enjoy your people.
Farmhouse Dining Table and French Bistro Chairs
Because this dining table is covered you can just about do anything for a table option however, if you are feeling in the mood to make a farmhouse table I have the perfect directions on my website. Or you can use simple picnic tables.
But if you are looking for something much easier consider a folding table or even a piece of wood held up with saw horses as we did at this nurse's graduation party.
Just like the table you have unlimited options for chairs. You can bring every dining chair, break nook table chair, makeup table chair, desk chair, and the list goes on. Or you can use french folding bistro chairs as I show here.
Now that you have your table in place let's start adding the beautiful tablecloths. I love being creative when planning out a table clothes. For this table, I used a white ruffled sheet. I put the ruffle on the end that people would see the most.
Next, I folded a piece of pastel pink and white striped seersucker fabric to act as a runner down the middle of the table.
If you have a dark table under the table cloth or sheet simply add another sheet under it to get that crisp white look.
Dessert Rose and White Plates
After your table linens are neatly on the table place your main plate which in my case was Franciscan Desert Rose. I picked these dishes because they go great with the garden party decoration look and they belonged to my mom.
Once you have your main plates on the table then site a white salad plate in the middle.
Stemless Champagne Flutes and Silverware
Let's start with the silverware. Begin by placing the knife on the right and the spoon next to it. Then place the fork on the left. I like to line up my silverware along with the bottom of the plate making sure the plate is close to the edge of the table.
Next on this garden themed tablescape list are the stemless champagne flutes. I particularly like using the wine glasses because they are narrow and do not take up much room which on this small table space is a premium. Plus clear glasses will look pretty with a cold drink like the lemonade recipe I mention at the end
Simply place the glasses just above the knife on the table.
Garden Party Place Setting Idea
Now we are getting to the good part and that is the garden party place setting feel for each guest. I love creating something custom and something that each guest can take home.
For this garden party design, I placed a linen napkin folded in thirds and then folding the top down. I placed the napkin in the center of the plate with the tail handing down over the side of the plate and table.
Then I sat a lovely laser cut name party favors for each guest onto the folded part of the linen napkins. Everyone will have a special something to take home.
Garden Party Centerpiece
This is where decorating a table for a family gets fun! And the best part about this great garden party centerpiece is its simplicity and fresh flowers. It is a good idea to wait just before guest arrive to place the fresh roses on the centerpiece.
This easy to make garden themed centerpiece focal point starts with a flat brim straw hat that has a rim around the edge. Simply place the garden straw hat in the middle of the table. Then take some jasmine vines or any green leaf vine will do and sprinkle the vine around the hat.
Next cut some roses off from the stem and place them around the hat. There are different varieties of roses you can choose or you can use any kind of fresh flower.
I used some roses from my sister's garden which make this centerpiece even more special because she has always been a mother figure in my life.
And before you know it your garden party table is complete. The best part about this table is that you probably have all the pieces in your home and you don't have to go to the store.
Another fun idea if you have enough roses is to add a rose to each place setting. This really gives it a garden party tablescape feel.
Garden Themed Party Ideas
Okay so now you have the basics for an easy garden party idea so let's think about all the events you can create this secret garden table design around. You can use it for garden parties for adults like bridal showers and birthdays. Or you can use it for a summer sit-down dinner outside or a spring lunch or brunch.
This tablescape would be great for Mother's day, a kids tea party, Valentine's Day, Easter and so much more.
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Well, now that you have a precious garden themed party filled with a cozy outdoor events vibe created you will need some recipes. I just happen to have a few recipe ideas and some invites.
One of my favorite places to search for invites is Minted. Here is an invite I found on their site that fits the garden party theme perfectly.
Okay so now for the menu of foods or recipes. I hope you enjoy these delicious dishes because they look amazing!
I hope you have been inspired and enjoyed this simple tablescape for any event. The best thing about this party idea is it can easily be used for events like baby showers and bridal showers.
If you are looking for more place setting ideas to try then consider these outdoor party themes mother's day brunch tablescape idea, my french country table setting idea or my vintage tea party picnic idea.
And here are a few more photos of the garden party tablescape.
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- Begin with a white tablecloth and then a runner of your choice that matches your dishes. I used a pink and white seersucker piece of fabric and folded it and place it down the center of the table.
- Next, place your dinner plates and then a salad plate in the middle.
- Follow that with a white napkin and then your laser wooden cut names.
- Next place your silverware and glasses.
- Now that the place setting is complete place a straw hat in the middle of the table.
- Wrap a vine around the rim of the hat and then snip some roses to tuck around the vine.
- Now your table is all ready. Check out some of the delicious recipes to consider for your garden party.
Be creative and use what you have or borrow from family and friends. Or if you are looking to create this exact table I have added some links below and inside the post for each item used or the closest one I could find.