The next time you are in charge of throwing your besty a wedding or baby shower, why not go with a vintage garden party theme? It is so elegant and glamorous and girly.
This is especially advantageous if you are already a collector of vintage items such as tableware, tea cups, and linens. But the good news is, even if you are classically modern gal, all of these items can be purchased either at your local thrift shop or online.
Vintage Garden Party Food
When I think of a garden party, I think of tea and finger sandwiches. There is just something so elegant about lounging around a garden and nibbling on crustless sandwiches filled with yummy goodness like chicken salad. Though I adore high tea, I still think the British are a bit odd with their obsession with spreading butter on every sandwich they make. I had one friend who’s mother was from the UK and she would butter his sandwich before making a PB & J!
If you happen to have a silver tea service, now is the time to break it out. Of course a vintage tea set via one’s grandmother is also appropriate. I love how beautifully this table is set up. Notice they used old books to create height with one of the kettles. This helps give your display a more dynamic look than if everything were at one level.
For dessert you can serve ice cream or pudding in vintage tea cups, and then let the guests take the cups home as a parting gift! Plus they look gorgeous all lined up on the dessert table.
Vintage Garden Party Decor
As a collector of vintage tablecloths, this picture really piqued my imagination. Just because you are having a garden party doesn’t mean you can’t use bright colors like red and turquoise. I especially like the use of the blue Ball jars, which are both inexpensive and reusable.
If you like, instead of having a set table and chairs, you can just lay out some fabric and have a picnic. Adding the pastel colored lanterns in the tree is an economical way to decorate.
My final suggestion is to remember that you can bring indoor furniture outside to help set the stage. This is obviously a lovely shabby chic piece of furniture that is being used as a dessert display. If you don’t have the right accessories in the garden, just use the ones in your home!
I hope you enjoyed this imaginary vintage garden party post. If you have any other ideas for throwing a garden party, let me know in the comments.
For more vintage themed parties, check out these posts:
- It’s Time For A Vintage Tiki Party!
- Vintage 4th Of July Inspiration
- 10 Ideas For A Vintage St. Patrick’s Day Party