A garden party wedding shower is a perfect theme for any bride who loves working outdoors, gardening, fresh flowers and juicy produce. From the invitations and decorations to the party games and menu, the garden serves as your inspiration for this bridal shower theme. Stay focused on sunshine, fresh produce, fragrant flowers and earthy colors when developing ideas for your garden party wedding shower.
If possible, hold your garden party wedding shower outside in the backyard. Cover a picnic table with a cheerful tablecloth and use fresh flower bouquets or bowls overflowing with fresh fruit as table centerpieces. A large umbrella or picnic tent can provide protection from the sun, which may be necessary during the hot summer months. Hang paper lanterns from tree branches for a simple and whimsical look.
If the party must be held indoors, choose a sunroom, covered porch or room with plenty of windows to allow natural light to enter the room. Use fresh flowers, fragrant fruits and ripe vegetables to decorate the area. String glittering white lights around the room. Use flickering tealight candles to line bookshelves, mantles and windowsills.
Choose a light menu, filled with fresh ingredients and fragrant herbs straight from the garden. Serve a fresh garden salad with plenty of vegetables, including grape tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, mushrooms and radishes. When selecting a main course, opt for light meals instead of hot, heavy courses. For an appetizer, serve gazpacho, a chilled tomato-based soup made with tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, onion and garlic. Follow the soup with a vegetable quiche or chilled pasta salad. Select desserts that use fresh fruits, such as fruit tarts, fruit sorbet and fruit cobbler. Offer a variety of chilled and fizzy beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Popular beverage options for a garden party include lemonade, sweet tea, fruit-flavored water, mint juleps, white wine and mimosas.
Before the party, gather a variety of herbs and spices with strong scents. Pour a small amount of each ingredient into a paper cup and cover with aluminum foil. Number each cup, making sure to write down which ingredient is in which cup. Poke a small hole in the top of each cup, which should allow guests to smell the ingredient, without seeing it. At the party, pass the cups around and ask each guest to guess the ingredient based on its scent. Award a small prize to the guest with the most correct guesses.
Send party guests on their way with a small token of gratitude. Garden party favors not only serve as a sweet thank-you, but also provide a lasting memory of the party. If your guests enjoy gardening, send them home with a packet of seeds tucked inside a cute watering can or pair of gardening gloves. If your own garden is growing wild, give each guest a gift basket filled with fresh home-grown produce. Other party favor ideas include miniature potted plants, cute umbrellas or scented candles.
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