The makings of a simply marvelous garden party.
We’ve arrived in summer, and what could be more romantic than a garden party? Find a small nook in your backyard (or front, for that matter!) under a tree, on the patio … really anywhere will do. If you don’t have an actual garden, you can create one on your table. As a matter of fact, that’s something you should do even if you are in a garden.
Wild, unruly flowers are perfect for this type of setting. Use flowers with “bendy” stems like anemones or poppies, and long varieties like delphinium or larkspur will add height. Simple tulips can add interest by (very carefully!) turning the petals inside out. Layer in your tabletop — the more whimsical, the better. Pick a color scheme and stick to it, coupling the flowers and the wares. Try a monochromatic look for a more contemporary feel, and if you have a blue tabletop, lean into the blue and violet hues of flowers.
Of course, food is important as well, and a light menu accompanied by Lambrusco is the perfect pairing. Courtney Pryor’s bruschetta hits the mark for a simple, but beautiful, starter.
Also, lingering at the table under the stars is the best way to end the evening, so be sure to have candles at the ready … and don’t forget to look up and take it all in.
Table and chairs from Mister Robert in Norman (misterrobert.com)
Table top from Buzz in OKC (buzzbybebe.com)
Napkins from Fenwick and Fields (fenwickfields.com)
Marbleized taper candles from No One Alike (no1alike.com)