20 Garden Party Ideas to Throw an Unforgettable Bash

*Knowing how to garden is not a requirement.

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Flower lovers, listen up: If you want to throw a garden party everyone will be talking about for summers to come, you need next-level garden decor, amazing food, and unique cocktails. We've got tons of garden party ideas on this list to make your bash one that even Jay Gatsby would be jealous of.

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Decorate With Flowers

A garden party should be literally overflowing with flowers. This easy DIY will teach you how to make a floating flowers table display.

Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.

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Mix & Match Cocktail Bar

Up your cocktail game by creating a mix & match garden bar. Add several citrus juices, make simple syrups out of different herbs, and have a variety of clear spirits. Garnish with sliced citrus, more fresh herbs, and flowers.

Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.

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Dress Up Your Ice Bucket

Fill your ice bucket with flowers and fruits. It'll chill your bubbly, and double as a bright and colorful centerpiece.

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Set Up a Picnic

Take note from Alicia Lund of Cheetah is the New Black's picnic set up if you want to throw a laidback but thoroughly stylish garden party. Pile on the throw blankets and pillows and don't forget the rose.

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Use Mini Bouquets

Assemble a small bouquet of flowers in a teacup. Then, tuck your name cards inside the blooms.

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Serve On-Theme Desserts

Impress your guests by turning peaches and puff pastry into a gorg dessert. These edible blooms taste as good as they look.

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Make A Flower Wall Installation

It sounds complicated, but you can handle this. The end result will be Instagram gold for all your party guests.

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Put Lavender In Your Cocktails

Make sure your drinks are as pretty as your decor. This one might smell sweeter than your actual garden.

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Create A Sign Out Of Foliage

Steel wire, faux foliage, and a glue gun will create this garden magic. Now no one will have to ask you where the drinks are.

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Hang String Lights

If you're having an al fresco dinner garden party in the evening, make it feel especially magical by hanging string lights. Add plush throws and colorful tabletop decor for a strong finish.

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Make Big-Batch Cocktails

This light, Southern-inspired sweet tea sangria is perfect for an outdoor soirée. Bonus: It can make a big batch, because individual cocktail orders are the worst at parties.

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Make a Dress Code

Tell all your guests to wear their favorite florals for an on-theme garden party.

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Stir With Flowers

What do you stir your drinks with at a garden party? Flowers, obvs.

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Set Up a Floral Arranging Statoion

Set up a station for guests to arrange their own bouquets. This will give them something to bring home and remember the party by.

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Set Up A Lemonade Bar

When life gives you lemons, make a DIY lemonade bar. This one is adults only, but if there's kiddos around, skip the spirits.

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Deck Out Your Bar Cart

If you don't have a full outdoor bar, wheel out a bar cart. Once you've piled on all the necessary ingredients, deck it out with pretty barware and plants.

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Soak Grapes In Prosecco

Prosecco is always a good idea. Set out a bowl of these and watch them disappear, almost instantly.

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Turn It Into A Tea Party

A garden is the ultimate setting for a tea party. Serve mini pastries, scones, and plenty of finger sandwiches.

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Fire Up the Grill

What garden party is complete without a little barbecuing? It's easy, quick, and delicious. If you want to keep things casual (or you just don't want to have to set a table), opt for skewers.

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Light a Fire

If you want to keep the party going after the sun goes down and the air starts to get crisper, just move over to a fire pit. This warm conversation pit will keep the party going into the wee hours. Don't worry if you don't have one already—there are tones of affordable portable options out there.

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