By definition, a party is a gathering of people who have been invited by a host for the purpose of socializing, conversation, recreation, or as part of a festival or other commemoration of special occasion. When it comes to parties, there are so many types. From formal sit-down dinners to casual backyard BBQs, all are special in their own way. Most are usually meant to simply bring a group of people together, and what better way to do that than to share delicious food and conversation. Entertaining in your own unique way is really what it’s all about. Summer is the perfect time for getting together with your family and friends because there are so many great options and locations when it comes to the setting of your party. You can transform a simple picnic in the park to be a beautiful and fun informal party. Start by planning your table design. Figure out what you want the focal points and centerpieces to look like and work from there. For a summer party, you can easily create a stunning tablescape by using fresh flowers and even fresh fruits and vegetables from your very own garden. Use different sized buckets, vases, and berry boxes to add to your display, and don’t be afraid to get creative by using things like milk glasses filled with asparagus spears.
Once you have the main focal points of your table figured out, it’s time to think about the individual settings and how you want them to be displayed. You can never go wrong with formal place-settings. One great tip for creating a memorable get-together is to create personalized place settings for your party guests. There is no better way to make them feel special than with a hand-lettered place card. Get creative with your place settings by creating custom utensil pouches out of glassine bags, and then add a personal touch by lettering the party guests’ names on each one. Simple touches like this really make for a unique and special setting. One of the most important aspects, of course, is the food! Get creative with individual boxed meals. This is such a fun and unique way to play on the idea of lunch in the park. Create a yummy lunch of individually portioned sandwiches, fresh green salad with strawberries, and your favorite chips all wrapped up in the perfect to-go box from Shop Sweet Lulu. And what would a party be without a delicious cake? Add a little dripping jam and fresh strawberries to the top of any cake, and you have the perfect summer-inspired dessert to finish o a beautiful gathering.