It’s finally starting to feel like summer here in New England and I couldn’t be happier! Now that it’s proper porch weather, you can bet I’ll be hosting lots of parties all season long! I’ve partnered with Christmas Tree Shops to share a fun and whimsical garden party tablescape featuring unique favor ideas! Apart from my new-to-me furniture set I bought off FB marketplace, everything you see here is from Christmas Tree Shops. I’m feeling like this might be my favorite tablescape yet, but you’ll have to be the judge of that!
With everything coming into bloom in CT, now feels like the perfect time to host a whimsical garden party. Since I always love to put my own twist on things, I wanted my garden party to be a garden-ing party! Cute, right?!
I certainly love mixing and matching when possible, which is why when I had two different placemats in my shopping cart at CTS, it was an instant lightbulb moment! I would use the woven placemats ($1.69 each) for the heads of the table and the floral placemats ($9.99/pack of 4) would be for the guests sitting along each side. [Side note: I loved these placemats so much I stocked up on extras because I know I’ll be using them all summer long and because they’re such a great value!]
Truthfully, I’m not sure where to begin when it comes to this whimsical garden party tablescape because there’s just so much to love! From the mixture of floral placemats and woven placemats to the modern acrylic wine glasses, to the garden party favors, gosh, it all came together perfectly! And I sourced everything for the tablescape from my local Christmas Tree Shops in Danbury, CT. To find a Christmas Tree Shops near you, click HERE.
For this garden party I pictured just some light tea sandwiches and snacks, which is why I opted for a simple setting with these ruffle edged acrylic dinner plates. I love how whimsical both the plates ($2.99 each) and acrylic water glasses ($1.99 each) feel, which of course ties perfectly into the theme!
For my centerpiece, or centerpieces rather, I wanted to keep it understated instead of going grand. This was for two reasons, A) because I love when guests can really see each other and I don’t like a larger arrangement getting in the way and B) because the 4 smaller potted plants/succulents also double as take-home favors for the guests! I’m a huge fan of multipurpose centerpieces and it’s so special to be able to send your guests home with a part of the party that will act as a keepsake for all the memories made! I gravitated towards succulents ($4.99 each) instead of flowers since I love the way they look and I knew at least one of my guests didn’t have the best track record with keeping plants alive, ha!
As much as I loved this whimsical tablescape, I really think these unique favor ideas are next level. If you’re planning on hosting a garden party this summer, make sure you save this blog post for inspiration. Not only are these favors unique, they’re also super affordable! Each guest has a mini bucket of garden essentials at their seat. Not only is this unique favor idea interactive, but it’s also practical! As you can see below, I used little plant signs as name cards for each guest. While it might seem a little silly to use place cards for such a casual garden party, I think the touch of personalization goes a long way and guests love feeling greeted by the table setting!
Inside each bucket ($2.99 each) is a pair of gardening gloves ($4.99/pack of 4), a mini shovel/trowel ($1.99/pack of 3), seed starter pots ($1.49/pack) and the plant signs ($1.99/pack). You might also notice a slightly larger bucket in the center of the table. I wanted to keep the seeds central for guests to thumb through/pass around during the party. Oh! And I can’t forget the mini herb plant at each guests’ table setting. These were just too cute to pass up and for $1.99, how can you go wrong?!
In the corner of the screened in porch you might be able to notice some more garden supplies that I picked up from CTS along with my new lemon and lime trees ($34.99 each)! Please wish me luck that I keep them alive and any tips you have would be much appreciated!
Talk soon! xx Helen
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Great ideas. I love the garden party idea, but why wasn’t I invited? Love you