Let me just begin this post by saying the greatest focus of this party was to create something that was simple. Like, ridiculously underwhelming. I wanted zero stress. Anyone can throw a garden party with very little effort and finances. Visit some thrift stores, shop in bulk, and keep it light and airy!
Because honestly, there’s nothing better than throwing a birthday party for a 7 year old that leaves her feeling loved and appreciated; and has you going to sleep satisfied and relaxed, am I right? Besides, it creates a total Instagram-esque atmosphere. Fun!
That being said, I wanted to share this moment with you all because I feel like it’s an easy, relatively minimalist way to enjoy any occasion without the added stress.
By the way, I kept referring to this as a “Garden Party” and the guests-to-be would respond with, “Oh, like a big, fancy dresses type tea party?” No No No, I’d reply. Think, Hippy-esque without all the politics <– feel free to use if your guests are confused!
Okay so you know how I tell you guys all the freaking time that I’m pretty obsessed with branding? Well, that obsession seeps over to party planning. Total physco here. This party was planned all the way down to the music. I wanted a specific ambiance. I basically told my husband touch the music, you die. I created a Spotify playlist that shuffled through the songs for the entire party. Feel free to use it for your own event:
I was relatively picky about the music, choosing songs that had a female empowerment message or airy feel good vibes. No curse words allowed since it was for a child’s party.
I purposefully planned the party at 3 so the guests would expect finger foods. That took a lot of pressure off of me. My husband ended up cooking meat (his choice, not mine) and some of the guests brought sides, but you can get away with serving a variety of sandwiches, lots of fruit, and multiple drink choices.
OUR MENU INCLUDED
+ Sweet tea, homemade lemonade, and infused water
+ Ham and cheese sandwiches; PB & J; and tuna sandwiches
+ Berries (strawberries, rasberries, and blueberries)
+ Chips and dip (guacamole, salsa, and hummus)
+ Naked Cake
* If you feel like you need something more “filling” you can opt for hamburgers and hotdogs.
I kept decor very minimal and DIY-ish. It was all super affordable.
The drink dispensers were on sale at Walmart. I purchased a 12 pack of mason jars, painted them, and added some cute Pioneer Woman lids (under $20.) I did a post about how I created the distressed mason jars in an earlier post. All of the pillows and blankets were purchased at a thrift store for under $10. Just be sure to wash them well and sit them in the sun to remove any odd stains if you need to. The table clothes were purchased at Ross for $5 each.
My husband made the plate coasters which I’m OBsessed with, fyi.
Minus the food, I spent roughly $50 for decor and drink dispensers.
The majority of the money was spent on food (which I purchased at ALDI so it was affordable,) and the flower crowns. I made the flower crowns myself so supplies got a little pricey. The supplies came out to about $100 but you could easily purchase them off of Etsy or even better, ask around to see if anyone has some. Flower crowns are popular props for pictures nowadays so you’d be surprised by how many people have them sitting around!
Throw some flowers all around (including in your ice) and you’ve got yourself some effortless decor. Pro tip: the Dollar Store carries a wide variety of faux flowers.
There are three things that make a great party: food, music, and your guests! Set the tone with music, throw together some delicious food, and invite people that bring you joy . . . nothing else to it!
Alright, I’m off to find ways to incorporate the party decor into home decor!
Talk later, tara xo