As life after a world wide shut down begins to resume as it once was, we are so excited to welcome our friends & family back into our homes to celebrate. We're eager to finally host showers, birthdays and dinner parties and enjoy the company of the people we love most. But, if we're being honest, we feel a bit out of practice! Hosting events can feel like a big job, and we all want to be fully present with our guests after spending so much time apart! We were inspired to put together an elegant garden party that you can recreate yourself, without having to stress!
Follow along as we walk you through it!
Use what you have! Who says you can't bring your indoor furniture outdoors? If you have beautiful weather, embrace Mother Nature and set up your seating for al fresco dining! If your furniture is a little mismatched in style or colour, you can bring together an eclectic look by incorporating similar elements into the centrepiece or tablescape. For example, we brought in Black Candle Holders to balance out the dark finish on the chairs!
EXPERT TIP: A bench is a fun way to add additional seating, and breaks up the repetitiveness of multiple dining chairs.
A FEMININE TABLE SETTING
Pink is the perfect colour for a picture perfect garden party. The Pink Dot Goblet and Pink Floral Tumbler are the star of the show in this place setting, and are accented with feminine scalloped edge plates and Gold Cutlery.
Build your tablescape on top of a coloured runner - we used two of this soft Woven Pink Runner for extra length that hangs off the edge of the table. Accent with a floral arrangement with blooms from your yard or your local Farmer's Market and tie everything together with candles.
A FRESH FEAST, READY TO GO
More often than not, the most time consuming and stressful part of entertaining is the menu! As the host, we often spend too much time in the kitchen, and not enough time visiting with your guests. If 2020 taught us anything, it's the power of connection and how we should never take those moments for granted.
In summer, our motto is always "fresh is best". Cold appetizers and dishes just taste better on a warm summer day and by choosing foods that don't require heating or individual plating, you can ensure that you're enjoying your special event and spending that invaluable time with the people who bring you joy & bliss.
We created this beautiful, fresh & flavourful menu using all items from our restaurant & picnic menus:
Serves 4 - 6 guests
Picnic Sandwich Box
2 Haskap Imperial Cookies
2 Triple Chocolate Brownies
We cut all of the sandwiches & desserts into 4 pieces to allow sharing for more guests! By adding beet chips & desserts this was plenty of food for a small group!
To add a special touch to the event, complete the meal with some summer flavoured mocktails or cocktails!
EXPERT TIP: Adding edible floral touches - like pansies - to your drinks & platters will impress your guests and add an extra touch of whimsy!
Featured above are our Shimmering Elderflower Mocktail, Haskap Mojito and Peach Mint Brunch Punch. Or, if you want to impress your guests with your mixology skills as a part of the evening, learn how to make the Shimmering Elderflower Mocktail here or Haskap Mojito here!
A elegant garden party can be beautiful & easy! We're here to help inspire and help you execute an event with ease. Stay tuned for more summer entertaining tips!