Party Planner
Mar 22, 2013

8 garden party essentials

By: Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington

8 garden party essentials Author: Style At Home

Party Planner
Mar 22, 2013

8 garden party essentials

By: Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington
One of the most amazing things about the good weather: Outdoor garden parties. They are one of the simple pleasures in warmer months and a great way to get friends and family together for good food, cold drinks and loads of fun. Plus, if you’re an avid gardener, it’s a great way to showcase your handiwork and your lush garden. Here are some essentials that will help make your garden party run smoothly, keep it organized and, of course, stylish.
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1 The perfect mugs
Serve up cool lemonade, iced tea or frosty cocktails in these charming, rustic Mason jar mugs. Don’t forget to add chunks of ice and slices of fresh fruit or freshly picked herbs from your garden for pretty presentation. Pottery Barn, $40.83 (set of 6). garden-party-essentials-basket.jpg
2 Keeps things handy in a basket

This basket can be used as a picnic basket for hot summer days, but in the meantime, it can serve double duty at your garden party as a great way to hold extra napkins, cutlery, condiments and more in one uncluttered spot. Crate and Barrel, $51.86. garden-party-essentials-cocktail.jpg
3 Pretty cocktail glasses

For a chic and less rustic appeal to your outdoor garden party, opt for pretty glassware in garden-inspired colours (rose, greens, blues and violets) and in different shapes and sizes. These highballs, juice glasses and goblets offer up the perfect mix. Horchow, $26.90 and up. garden-party-essentials-setting.jpg
4 Get the setting just right

Make sure you have ample seating and table space for your garden party with a chic dining table set. The beauty of this one is that it’s expandable to fit in extra chairs for a larger group and can be sized down for a quiet family dinner in the summer. West Elm, $1,400.87garden-party-essentials-lighting.jpg
5 Add extra outdoor lighting

Your garden party may stretch past daylight hours and as the light starts to fade, you can still enjoy your patio, garden or outdoor space with these fire columns. They also add great ambiance to any outdoor setting. Restoration Hardware, $129-$169. garden-party-essentials-tablelin.jpg
6 Floral table linens

Dress up your outdoor space and stick with your garden party theme with this pretty tablecloth, which has a delicate floral pattern. It adds a nice pop of colour and is a fantastic way to incorporate a trend into your outdoor space as well. Horchow, $153. garden-party-essentials-tray.jpg
7 A rustic serving tray

Nothing says ‘ outdoor entertaining’ quite like a rustic wood and metal serving tray. Bring out your salads, tea, breads and finger foods on this sturdy yet stylish option. Pottery Barn, $80.29. garden-party-essentials-cushions.jpg
8 Add some coziness with soft cushions

Seat cushions add comfort to your outdoor party, but also give you the chance to add a pop of colour or pattern. These tufted cushions are perfect for outdoor seating and we also love the classic stripes. Pottery Barn, $46.72 - $264.
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