1. Choose a signature drink
Surprise your guests with a ready-made drink stand. Choose ingredients with seasonal fruits such as rhubarb and mango for a spring-themed cocktail. Our pretty drink picks: <a href="https://www.chatelaine.com/recipe/refridgerator-or-chilled-foods/rhubarb-spritzer/" target="_blank">rhubarb spritzer</a> and <a href="https://www.chatelaine.com/recipes/thai-cocktail-shrimp-recipe-mango-drink/" target="_blank">mango sunrise bevvie</a>.
2. Keep it casual
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Hosting a bright and lively outdoor party doesn’t mean that it has to be extravagant. Put together a casual backyard get-together by throwing a couple of pillows on a picnic mat, cover tables with brightly coloured flowers and matching plates and cups, and your leisurely garden party is ready to go!
3. Set the tone
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Music is absolutely essential to setting the ambience and mood right away. Kick it old school with a vintage record player and sweet-sounding vinyls. Encourage your guests to comb through the collection and put on their favourite tunes.
4. Decorate the table
Put together a gorgeous table setting with bouquets of flowers and nature-inspired centrepieces. Place a table runner across the table — it adds an elegant touch and will unify the look.
5. Keep the food simple
Don’t stress yourself by trying to serve a grand banquet. Create simple edibles like <a href="https://www.chatelaine.com/meal-type/salads/" target="_blank">salad</a>, <a href="https://www.chatelaine.com/ingredient/sandwich-collection/" target="_blank">sandwiches</a> and finger-food platters that are visually appetizing. Get the recipe: <a href="https://www.chatelaine.com/recipe/world-cuisine-2/shrimp-dip-trio/" target="_blank">Shrimp dip trio</a>
6. String up some lights
As the party goes later into the night, use candle lighting and pretty hanging lights to keep the outdoor ambience going.