During the warmer months in New England, everyone wants to enjoy the outdoors and what better way to do so than hosting your event outside? A little fresh air does everyone a lot of good, especially your employees! Swank Events has planned several outdoor events for clients that offer a balance between enjoying the great outdoors while creating a sophisticated atmosphere. Here are a few of our suggestions on how to plan the perfect garden party.

Location

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A garden party can take place almost anywhere – a public park (check on permitting requirements before), a rooftop venue or even hotel grounds – the possibilities are endless! Like all events that take place outside, it’s important to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather: Tents, alternate rooms or a rain date should be considered during the planning stages.

Décor

When it comes to a “Garden Party”, there are no rules to how you should jazz up the space, but incorporating elements of nature is a given. Floral arrangements offer beauty and elegance, and greenery along with succulents, herbs or decorative grasses can withstand almost any kind of weather. Some florists and greenhouses offer large plant rental options that can help you create a garden atmosphere as well.

If you’re hosting an evening event, give careful consideration to how you are going to light up your gathering space: lanterns and LED string lights offer the perfect outdoor illumination and create an intimate atmosphere. If you have a larger space, integrating lighting into trees, greenery or walkways is also a great way to light the space while also helping define it.

Food

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Whether you are planning a sit-down meal or passed hors d’oeuvres, having several cold items to serve will help combat warmer weather; cold soups (gazpacho or a vichyssoise), chilled appetizers (raw veggies or fruit) and frozen desserts are always a hit. Some of our favorite desserts for a garden party include petit fours! They are elegant and bite sized – a great end of night treat!

Giving your employees and guests a sense of the outdoors during peak seasonal weather is a great change from a typical office environment. Relaxing, refreshing and beautiful will always be in style when you have a Garden Party event for your team! Give Swank Events a call and we can help you to start planning your next corporate event.

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