Celebrating the Beauty of the Season
Spring is in the air. It’s time to celebrate with family and friends by hosting an indoor-outdoor garden party.
Let the season take center stage by creating an environment that highlights springtime for all the senses. Decorate with sprays of fresh flowers throughout the space, or choose succulents or colorful cacti for a different twist. Diffuse delicate floral or herbal essential oils such as lavender or petitgrain. Music often is overlooked but adds a wonderful dimension to the evening. Create a festive or relaxing playlist, or choose live music. Hire a student or local artist—someone tickling the ivories or an acoustic guitarist creates a special atmosphere.
Open patio doors and encourage guests to flow in and out. Be sure to create appetizer buffets and bar stations both inside and outside. And don’t forget to stream the music outside, as well. Take care to have seating that is inviting: colorful cushions can be added and chairs rearranged to encourage guests to linger and visit.
If hosting a dinner party, place several small floral arrangements down the length of the table instead of one large centerpiece so guests can mingle more easily. When the night is over, give the small arrangements to your guests as lovely parting gifts. And, if you are hosting a larger, more casual gathering, small favors are still appreciated. It can be quirky or cute—perhaps a sweet succulent wrapped in burlap for their kitchen window sill, fresh herbs, chocolates or funny quotes and notepads.
Serve foods and drinks that showcase the spring. Incorporate fruits and vegetables that are in season, such as berries, melons, cucumbers, onions and tomatoes. At least one amazing focal point for food is recommended, according to Duane Price with Priceless Caterings. It should be eye-catching and appealing, whether a fabulous cheese board or a cascading chips and dips display that incorporates Mexican shrimp shooters and guacamole mini martini setups. Be clever when you think of how to present your food.
Another recommendation that we love from the talented folks at Priceless Caterings is that cocktail parties or dinner events should have a signature cocktail. It can be Champagne and strawberries or a refreshing cocktail that celebrates the season such as Priceless Caterings’ Blackberry Spring. It’s another way to greet your guests and take the party up a notch. To round out the bar options, keep it simple. Offer a small selection of beer and wine and of course, provide non-alcoholic beverage options.
There are many ways to DIY and host a wonderful event. Pinterest is full of ideas and hilarious fails, for that matter. Be sure to do the legwork ahead of time so you can enjoy your own party. Upon occasion, you may opt to bring in the professionals for a truly special evening—a graduation party, momentous birthday celebration, etc.—that will leave you with more time to mix and mingle. We have many phenomenal resources in our community. Duane suggests you choose someone who will collaborate with you, helping you realize your vision while employing their practical skill set and creativity. You can pick and choose areas where you want to ramp up the wow factor. Regardless, keeping it light, informal and fun is key. Now it’s time to pick a date and plan the fun!
Outstanding Local Resources We Love
Priceless Caterings, PricelessCaterings.com
Calloway’s Nursery: Calloways.com/locations/flower-mound
A Veteran’s Valet: AVeteransValet.com
Music by Ross: MusicByRoss.com
Robert Ray Photography: RobertRayPhotography.com
Priceless Caterings’ Blackberry Spring
1 1/2 ounces vodka
2 ounces blackberry simple syrup
1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
Combine in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Top with Fever Tree ginger beer. Garnish with fresh lime wedge, blackberry and fresh mint.
Blackberry Simple Syrup
One pack blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup hot water
Dissolve sugar in hot water, add blackberries and blend.