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The Great Greenhouse Effect

Tips for hosting a fabulous garden party

Styled by: Jo Anne Howell  Photos by: Rachel Benavides

After months of staying cozy indoors, spring weather calls for outdoor entertaining, and nothing says spring like a garden party. Think budding florals, flowing champagne, and great conversation with friends. 

One of the finest aspects to al fresco gatherings is that when it comes to setting a scene, most of the work is already done for you! Be it your backyard or a local greenhouse, like the one at The Gardens Path, nature’s beauty takes care of your decoration needs. Focus your creative attention on setting the perfect table for your guests and allow the scenery to shine. 

Hosting a Fab Garden Party 

• Establish your vibe and run with it. With the desire to have a more vintage aesthetic, a collection of antique quilts were used as tablecloths. This made for the perfect foundation to add in other vintage plates, serving pieces, and accessories. 

• Keep your food selection seasonal. For the perfect springtime meal, I suggest a tossed spring salad, finger sandwiches, and a spread consisting of fruits, cheeses, crackers, and other small bites.

• Pull inspiration from your surroundings. Take notes on the florals and greenery your party will be immersed in and incorporate them into your table setting. 

• Don’t forget the booze! Get creative with your serving displays. To stay on theme, painted vintage feed buckets strung from the front entrance made for an innovative way to welcome guests and keep things chilled. 

Get the look:

Greenhouse The Gardens Path 
Sweets and eats Dwell 
Vintage tableware, candle sticks, and accessories Antique Row