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Tips for hosting a spring garden party

Tips for hosting a spring garden party

Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 8:00 pm

Ricky Eisen, a celebrated event planner and the founder of Events & Celebrations by Between the Bread, offers the following tips for hosting a spring garden party.
Location — When spring arrives, everyone is eager to be outside and enjoy the warm weather. Host the party in a garden, patio area or around a pool. Don’t have an outdoor area? Bring the outdoors in via décor and be sure to open the windows to let in the fresh air!
Décor and centerpieces — Use flowers as centerpieces, at place settings and throughout the party area, to make an event festive. A money saving alternative is to use silk flowers which brings the spring theme to life and can be used year after year. For the décor, stick with light colors that compliment the outdoor space and the chosen flowers.
Activities — Plan games or other activities that get guests up and out of their seats. Bocce ball, badminton and croquet are challenging and fun games that will get everyone mingling.
Menu choices — With the warmer weather, choose lighter fare for the menu and if you have a barbecue take advantage of it. Create a signature drink and provide all the ingredients allowing guests to mix their own. Instead of ice cubes that melt and water down a drink, use frozen fruit.
Parting gifts — Let guests bring the spring home by giving everyone a small mason jar with dirt, a packet of seeds and instructions on how to take care of their new plant.Ricky Eisen, a celebrated event planner and the founder of Events & Celebrations by Between the Bread, offers the following tips for hosting a spring garden party.
Location — When spring arrives, everyone is eager to be outside and enjoy the warm weather. Host the party in a garden, patio area or around a pool. Don’t have an outdoor area? Bring the outdoors in via décor and be sure to open the windows to let in the fresh air!
Décor and centerpieces — Use flowers as centerpieces, at place settings and throughout the party area, to make an event festive. A money saving alternative is to use silk flowers which brings the spring theme to life and can be used year after year. For the décor, stick with light colors that compliment the outdoor space and the chosen flowers.
Activities — Plan games or other activities that get guests up and out of their seats. Bocce ball, badminton and croquet are challenging and fun games that will get everyone mingling.
Menu choices — With the warmer weather, choose lighter fare for the menu and if you have a barbecue take advantage of it. Create a signature drink and provide all the ingredients allowing guests to mix their own. Instead of ice cubes that melt and water down a drink, use frozen fruit.
Parting gifts — Let guests bring the spring home by giving everyone a small mason jar with dirt, a packet of seeds and instructions on how to take care of their new plant.

Published in The Messenger 4.23.12

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