Spring is right around the corner and on a day of blue skies and sunshine, there is no better way to spend your time than inviting over family and friends for an intimate and fun garden party, full of delicious food, drink and laughter. It can be a great way to start your spring and summer season of socialising with friends you have not seen for a while.
Get out your best ladies country clothingfor the event, and be sure to relax and enjoy the event and celebrating the start of spring. Our guide will help you plan the best spring garden party, with some lovely country twists:
For a spring party that will include family, friends and children, it might be best to plan it during the school holidays and check when people are available before sending out invites. Be simple or fancy with the invites, either sending out little postcard invites, design the invites online, or keep it simple and less time consuming with an e-mail invite.
Décor and decorations
For any bunting you may want to hang up, light colours are great for spring; think green, yellows, lavender or pink. Keep it natural, though, using flowers found in your garden or picked while on a country walk. If you don’t want lots of fresh flowers, try dried flowers to decorate any tables laid out and add some candles, scented or not. When the evening draws on, turn on fairy lights you have strung up, and light the candles, to create a cosy feeling. For some comfort, add some cushionson the outdoor seating.
This may seem like the difficult part, but keep it simple and you can do it all yourself – or with some help from family and friends. If you want just a simple social gathering, you don’t need to fuss over having lots of food, so you won’t need to bother with the main dish. Be aware of allergies, and place any foods of ‘risk’ together.
With warm weather, it is perfect for salad, mixing colourful ingredients and providing a tasty, healthy option. If you want dips, use carrots, cucumber and pepper to dip in rather than bread. Try fruit and veg kebabs, using delicious seasonal fruits, or a fruit salad in a delicious punch juice. As it is in a garden, you want food that will keep well, so go for cold meat pies rather than ones which need to be served hot, and if you have a cheeseboard, be sure to keep it shaded and have some interesting chutneysto go with them. When making any cakes to serve, make them fruity, trying the raspberry cheesecake, orange blossom cake or mixed berry parfaits.
We like to think of fruity and fun drinks in the spring, and there are so many options. Go for a non-alcoholic fruit punch if children will be present, have some lovely raspberry gin for any adults who want to mix up a cocktail, and sparkling champagne or prosecco to give it a fancy feel.