Tips for Throwing a Garden Party - carrot cake roll on decorated outside table

Tips for Throwing a Picture-Perfect Garden Party

Summer has officially arrived which means it’s time to dust off the patio furniture and sweep the deck for a season full of outdoor gatherings.

Summer has officially arrived which means it’s time to dust off the patio furniture and sweep the deck for a season full of outdoor gatherings. After all, there’s no better way to celebrate summer than with a garden party filled with flowers, friends, and finger foods. Whether you’re looking to hold a quiet, afternoon tea party or an evening of fun around the bonfire, we’ve collected some tips to make sure your garden party will effortlessly impress your guests and set the scene for a perfect summer soiree. It’s time to gather your mates and head outside!

Tips to Hosting a Stylish Summer Garden Party

Beat the Heat

Providing a shaded area or two for relaxing is necessary if the forecast is set to be warm and sunny.  Putting up large parasols above a few tables or handing out decorative folding fans as people arrive will help keep your guests comfortable and allow them to better enjoy your beautiful event.

Add a Few Playful Touches

Flowers are quintessential garden party décor. Budding blooms make the perfect backdrop for any summer soiree, but you don’t have to limit yourself to just flowers. If you’re wondering, “How do I make my garden party special?”, try investing in some novelty accessories to really help set the scene. Festive balloons, paper lanterns, or a fairy garden centerpiece are all ways to personalize your garden party and make it a unique experience for everyone involved.

Serve a Seasonal, Mini Menu

Who can resist dining outdoors on a glorious summer day? Depending on the size of your venue and the number of people you’re hosting, you can either plan a sit-down meal or set-up stations full of different finger foods. If you choose to opt for food that’s tasty as well as easy for guests to eat while mingling, we recommend trying our Strawberry Cheesecake Cake Balls. They’re simple to make, easy to enjoy in any outdoor setting, and full of refreshing, summertime flavor. Check out the full recipe on our Inspiration blog.

tips for garden party food - Strawberry Cheesecake Cake Balls on circular cooling rack with bowl of strawberries

If you want something even simpler to brighten up your summer celebration, a slice of Dutch Apron® Bakery’s Lemon Crème Cake Roll is just what your garden party needs. Our cake rolls are easy to share and even easier to serve. So, let your friends and family indulge in a treat that is sure to tickle their taste buds and get them ready for some fun in the sun.

Tips for Garden Party Food - Three people outside at food table carrying plates of cake roll slices

Have a Back-Up Plan

The most important garden party hosting tip of all is to always have a back-up plan. You double checked or maybe even triple checked the weather for an entire month leading up to your party. The local weatherman promised clear skies and plenty of sunshine. Even so, it’s still good to have a contingency plan. You can never be too prepared, so try to have a lot of umbrellas on standby, a party tent rented, or an alternative indoor location ready, so you can quickly usher your guests out of any inclement weather.

There are endless ways to set up your garden for an outdoor party. As long as you have good food, good company, and a beautiful setting, your event is sure to be the epitome of enjoyable, outdoor entertaining. Just follow our garden party tips, and you’ll be on your way to a gathering that will have family and friends celebrating the season in style.

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