A summer garden party invokes images of floral dresses, pretty hats, and lots of blooming flowers. The most ideal garden party would bring these imaginations to life, by having plenty of flowers, both growing and in vases, and using accessories in pretty pastel shades. To have a successful garden party, stick with tradition.
The English are masters of the garden party, so why not emulate them! Serve tea sandwiches, scones and iced tea. Gin and tonic, along with martinis, should be served. Create an atmosphere reminiscent of a grand English Estate, with floral dishes and lace or linen tablecloths. If you have your grandmother's china, use it. This is the best occasion to bring it out, and will make it a garden party to remember.
Another idea for a garden party theme would be to have a traditional fiesta. Go with a Mexican menu and flair. Hang pi�atas, use bright ceramic dishes, and make it bright and festive. Serve guacamole and chips, salsa, and plenty of tacos. To keep it really simple, set up a buffet table with all that's needed to build a taco, and let guests make their own. Play mariachi music, and serve margaritas (don't forget a virgin version, for the non-drinkers) and cold beer. This is an occasion to brighten your yard with primary colors, with daisies and sunflowers in vases. Hang stringed chili lights, decorate with guitars, maracas, and sombreros (have some on hand for guests to wear). Search online for inexpensive tablecloths, in keeping with the Mexican theme, even check out your local Target or Ikea for inexpensive colored glasses for your drinks. Have a tequila tasting, and don't be shy to ask friends to bring their favorite tequila.
Whether you go with a traditional English garden party, or a traditional Mexican fiesta, set the stage with a theme invite, letting everyone know what to wear.