3 Hot Garden Dinner Party Trends for 2015
Spring is here! Each day more flowers are in bloom and the days are getting clearer and warmer. It is during this time of year that my family and friends turn our eyes towards entertaining - especially outdoor events!
There is something intoxicating about dinners outside, surrounded by the soft light of fire, candlelight, and twinkling lights. The hum of voices, laughter, and the clinking sound of cutlery and glass floating through the night air. It's magic, in a way.
With that in mind, we thought we would share some tips on readying your landscaping, and a look at a three hot outdoor party trends for 2015.
Getting that garden ready
Like a haircut before an event, you want to make sure that your landscaping is freshly maintained before your party. And also like a haircut, timing is important. Too close to your event and everything will look a little too sharp; too long and it looks shaggy. A week to five days is the sweet spot for a garden that looks well groomed.
Something else to consider is whether you will have animals at your party - not such a far fetched (Ha, fetched!) idea with how important our pets have become to many families. There are some plants that are potentially harmful to pups, and your guests would appreciate you marking or blocking access to these areas. Your gardener or maintenance company can help you with identifying your plants if you are unsure.
What's hot in 2015?
French themed garden parties with all the accouterments are in the spotlight this year. With pastels covering runways across the globe, a turn to chic Parisian dinner parties certainly makes sense.
Imagine your garden as evening falls, twinkling lights adorning the trees, as Kir Royals and Lavender Spritzers circle the festivities. Music swirls about and then you and your gorgeous guests sit down to eat -- à table! The freshest ingredients from the local farmer's market make stunning and decadent morsels. Such a meal surrounded by the nightscape of your garden is sure to set your guests raving.
Not to be outdone by chic French gatherings, parties with a Grecian flair are hot for 2015 - especially decorating with the piercing cerulean blue that the island of Santorini is known for. And Greek dishes just cry out to be served al fresco (or υπαίθρια τραπεζαρία in Greek). Perhaps passed hors d'oeuvres of petite spanakopita, or crisp flatbread with olives, lemon, thyme, and creamy goat cheese, a beautiful leg of lamb, and individual lemon curd tartlets for dessert. Of course we couldn't forget the cheeky ouzo cocktails!
This year's hot theme, Classic Hollywood, is perfect If you want to host an upscale gala event. Lights, red carpets, gorgeous outfits and flowing champagne will wrap your guests up in a gossamer dream of the past. A seated dinner and dancing to a live band while sipping from a champagne coupe will certainly make for a magical night - that it is outside in your beautiful garden is what makes the event truly special. I think there is a heady quality to extravagant events that take place out of doors; fresh air, starry skies, intoxicating scents from the surrounding greenery. Now I want to throw this party!
What do you have planned for this year? Any other trends that you think will make 2015 really special? We'd love to hear what you have to say :)