A few years ago a friend of mine planned a wonderful summer garden party. She set up tables in her apple orchard, between some beautiful flower gardens. It was a fabulous setting for a super fun party.
She had everyone bring their favorite garden dish, with a copy of the recipe to share with everyone else. The hostess also served herbal teas, and beverages. It was so much fun to sit out among her beautiful flowers, sip tea, and talk about gardens and food. I came away with some great recipes, and some wonderful memories shared with friends.
We did several fun things during the party. One of my favorites was the garden hat contest. She had everyone decorate a garden hat to wear to the party. When everyone was seated we voted on our favorites. The hostess put together prizes of potted plants, and she used flower pots to hold an assortment of gardening gifts.
If you planned a party in the spring or fall you could also include a plant, or seed swap in the festivities. Or plan to tour several local gardens during the party.
The best part was the food, so I’ve gathered some links with some great ideas, and finger foods to add to your garden tea party:
- Butterfly and Caterpillar Rice Krispy Treats
- Coconut Key Lime Cupcakes
- Cucumber Sandwiches
- Fruity Decorative Ice Ring
- Tomato and Basil Caprese Salad
- Cool Lemonade Cocktail Recipe
If you plan a summer garden party, we’d love to hear about it. Please feel free to share your ideas below!