Spring is an inspired time for hosting a garden or tea party. There are no shortage of themes to choose from such as Earth Day, April Fool's Day, and Easter. What's more, delicious fresh vegetables and flowers are in season. With planning and creativity, your spring party will be engaging and memorable.
Set the tone by choosing a themed invitation. For garden or tea party, choose invites with flowers or butterflies and ask guests to wear a funny hat. For Earth Day, create the invite from downloaded clip art and recycled newspaper. Ask guests to bring a glass or aluminum item to recycle.
Flowers, bird's nests, and butterflies make lovely decorations for a spring party. Display vases of hyacinth, sweet pea, amaryllis, cherry blossoms, and tulips. If you can't find cherry blossom branches, glue paper flowers to regular branches. Make butterflies out of construction paper and glue them to paper lanterns to make an interesting centerpiece.
Serve seasonal food such as asparagus, artichokes, arugula, cherries and strawberries. Make green pea soup and have a self-serve salad bar with vegetables, diced chicken, and dressings. Complete the meal with herb cucumber tea sandwiches or asparagus quiche. Serve tea, peach mimosas or sparkling wine.
For dessert with unique presentation, serve cake baked in miniature flower pots or display small bites like French macaroons and petit fours on tiered dishes.
Enjoy the warmer weather by playing badminton, bocce ball, or croquet. Or, make homemade flower arrangements or wreaths inside.
Send guests home with an inexpensive gardening spade, a clay pot, and seeds to start their own planting project. Or present them with a tea cup filled with flavored tea bags. Make a fun candy bar with bowls of jelly beans, chocolate candy eggs, and peeps, and let guests fill a bag with sweet treats.