A Southern Garden Party

Monday, June 30, 2014 Dalton Primeaux



I do declare! Move over luau, and bye-bye barbeque. This spring/summer the most popular type of party has been the garden party. Everyone is gathering together outside, eating al fresco in a garden, and sharing summer travel plans over fruity cocktails. WearHouse editor-in-chief, Dalton Primeaux, put his on twist on the garden party trend and hosted an intimate southern-themed party in Louisiana last month. Here are some fun party ideas from Primeaux's Southern Garden Party to inspire your next gathering!

Decoration
The main decoration for a garden party should be colorful, bright flowers. But it’s important to set a hospitable mood with charming, elegant table d├ęcor.
• Take a trip to your vintage or local thrift store. Vintage pastel or floral table clothes and vintage vases in different shapes, sizes and colors are perfect for garden parties.
• Cut fresh flowers from your garden and place in colorful vases all around the party.
• Filling a decorative birdcage with flower petals makes for a great centerpiece.
• Shop a craft store for plastic butterflies and paste them to vintage teapots, teacups and painted martini glasses to add a little whimsy to your party table.
• Fill colorful martini glasses with mints or wafers.
• If you are hosting your party on a porch or under a tent, invest in hanging pots to fill with flowers. And if your party takes place in the evening, hang strands of twinkle lights.

Garden Party Treats
Try to stick with serving cool, light hor d'oeuvres or snacks at your garden party. Stay away from greasy or fatty foods. Here are some great treats to share with your guests:
• Pasta Salad
• Cucumber Sandwiches (wheat bread, smeared with whipped cream cheese and ranch seasoning, and sliced/skinned cucumbers)
• Cheese Tray
• Cake-pops

Southern Cocktails
• White Sangria
• Woo-Woo’s (1/2 part vodka, ½ peach schnapps, fill with cranberry juice)
• Watermelon or Apple flavored Jell-O shots
• Popsicles and Champagne (Dunk popsicles in a glass of champagne or sparkling wine)

Party Attire
• Have a craft table set up with silk flowers, ribbons and straw hats for all the guests to create their own sun hat.
• Ask all the lady guests to wear floral summer dresses, linen and bold colors.
• Gentlemen, stick to linen pants, seersucker, or khaki.


Add a fun tag to each cake-pops using shrinkable plastic paper!
Popsicles and Champagne
Popsicles and Champagne
Jello-O shots


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