How to Host a Simple Garden Party

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Once spring has sprung, we’re all about hosting a garden party! It’s time to be in nature, cook from our gardens and enjoy the company and friends and family. The weather is warm and there is no better time to be in the sun! We’re sharing all of our best garden party ideas!

Garden party with flowers, drinks and cheese boards

Spring is here and our roses are bursting with color in the yard! To fully enjoy their beauty, we hosted a small garden party with a giant cheese and charcuterie platter filled with delicious seasonal snacks. We’re keeping it easy and simple and enjoying time outside.

So invite a few friends over, set up a table outside, preferably in a garden or near beautiful flowers, and enjoy a chilled glass of rosé! Here’s how!

Garden Party Ideas

Scroll through to see all of our best garden party ideas!

Colorful spring flowers

Garden Party Decor

Table Setting

First of all, keep it simple. This doesn’t need to be anything outrageous. It’s all about fresh, simple, beautiful flowers and seasonal food.

Set out a bistro table or a round table and drape a beautiful linen tablecloth over the top.

For seating use garden stools, chairs (mismatched is fine!), or even haystacks.

Since you’ll be serving a cheese platter and dips, this doesn’t need to be a fully set table. Just place stacks of cheese boards or plates, flatware, and colorful napkins up for guests to grab.

However, if you want to set a proper table, follow our table setting guide.


Adding flowers to the table is important. Use flowers from your garden to make a quick arrangement or hire a local florist to create a beautiful garden-inspired flower arrangement.

We also added packets of garden seeds to the table for decor. Guests can take these home.

Cheese boards and snacks in a garden party setup

Garden Party Food and Drinks

What food do you serve at a garden party?

Create a cheese and fruit platter with all of your favorite seasonal fruit.

Make a beautiful fruit platter with the best fruit dip.

Make a festive dip like our yogurt tahini dip and serve with warm pita bread.

Hard-boiled egg crostinis are pretty and flavorful for a garden party.

Marinated olives are also so delicious and perfect for a garden party. We also love our baked brie with marinated olives over the top.

A cheese and charcuterie platter is one of my favorite appetizers to serve at a garden party.

Ham and cheese sliders are always a hit at parties! One of our favorite recipes to make. You can also make mini lobster rolls too.

Furthermore, if you need more ideas for creating a cheese platter check out our wine and cheese party.

Garden Party Desserts

We know a thing or two about desserts! Here are some amazing recipes to serve:

Classic Pound Cake Recipe

Thumb Print Cookies

Lemon and Thyme Shortbread Cookies

Honey Lemonade Popsicles

The Best Lemon Bars

Banana Pudding Pie

Elderflower Cake

Ginger Papaya Mango Popsicles

Monkey Bread Muffins

The Best Coconut Loaf

Also, check out all of our fabulous cookie recipes!

floral sangria for a garden party

Garden Party Cocktails

Here is a list of our favorite garden cocktails. These are fun, floral, and fresh for a garden party!

Floral Sangria Recipe

Bee’s Knees Cocktail

Ranch Water Cocktail

Cucumber Margarita

Spiked Tequila Lemonade

Naturally Sweetened Pineapple Cocktail

Rose Water Gin Cocktail

Easy Strawberry Frozé

Pineapple Carrot Gin Punch

If want to keep it super simple and serve wine, check out our guide for serving wine.

Garden Party Drinks

Looking for something that’s refreshing without alcohol? We got you covered! Try one of these hydrating and refreshing drinks:

Watermelon Juice

4 Refreshing Agua Fresca Recipes

Cucumber Watermelon Cooler

The Best Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Italian Sodas

Refreshing Peach Lemonade

Iced Berry Lemonade

Arnold Palmer – A mix of tea and lemonade.

Looking for more? Check out more great cocktail recipes our favorite brunch recipes, the best-mixed drinkstequila cocktails, gin cocktails, vodka cocktails, and cheap drinks to make at home!

personalized cheese boards

Personalized Cheese Boards

Add a touch of charm to the party with personalized cheese boards. We always recommend doing one thing to take it to the next level and these mini boards are perfect!

This is actually really easy to do. Using mini olivewood boards and a wood-burning tool, we carefully carved each guest’s name into the mini cheese board.

These are perfect favors for your friends to take home too.

personalized mini cheese boards

What do you do at a garden party?

If you’re hosting a garden party and want an activity for guests to do, here are some fun ideas!

  • Blend Essential Oil Rollers
  • Floral Arranging Class
  • Card Games
  • Watercolor Painting Class
Beautiful spring flower arrangement

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Now Host Your Own!

We hope you are inspired to create your own beautiful garden themed party this spring and summer!

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garden party food

Garden Party Food – Mini Cheese Boards

Mini cheese boards with cheese, fruit, and crackers for a party.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 guests
Calories: 536kcal
Author: Eden


  • 24 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cut into cubes, you can use any cheese you prefer
  • 8 sliced strawberries
  • 16 whole blackberries
  • 8 ounces crackers


  • Cube the cheese and place it on each mini-board.
  • Slice the strawberries and also place them on the baord.
  • Add blackberries or blueberries.


You can use any seasonal berries and cheese you prefer to make these mini cheese boards.


Calories: 536kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 780mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 876IU | Vitamin C: 98mg | Calcium: 684mg | Iron: 3mg
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