25+ Fabulous DIY Ideas To Host A Summer Garden Party


Create an inviting garden party in your backyard for the summer season to enjoy with family and friends. Enjoy the great outdoors with good food and conversation and fresh breezes with the scent of summer in the air. Every party needs a table, decorations, ambiance and a beautiful setting. We have put together a fantastic collection of ideas to suit your tastes and lifestyle needs. You may wish to select a color palette based on a theme.

You can go very casual or dress up your outdoor space for an elegant affair. You may wish to go with a rustic, woodsy theme or boho-chic. Whatever style you chose, each of the images below can be switched up with a few decor changes. Be sure to add some fresh flowers to really infuse your outdoor space with the look and smell of summer. Get inspired by the images we have featured below… Don’t forget to let us know which one of these most inspired you to host your own garden party in Comments below!


1. Create a casual environment for dining with a table surrounded by blankets and throw pillows. Varying size lanterns hang from a tree for nighttime ambiance. (via chaosnail.tumblr)


2. Surrounded by gardens, this cozy outdoor dining space features a low wooden table for casual seating on the grass. Blankets and pillows adds extra comfort. An attractive centerpiece of fresh flowers lines the table, adding a touch of elegance. (via Elle a Table)


3. Host an eclectic dinner party by bringing in a little Moroccan influence. These items can be sourced at places like World Market or Home Goods. For this image, the host rented from Found Vintage Rentals. Get more details at the link. (via 100 Layer Cake)


4. This boho-chic garden party is styled with casual elegance. Moroccan area rugs and large pillow are used to cover the grass for seating. String lights and lanterns in the trees adds overhead ambiance. (via Sara Danielsson for Livet Hemma)


5. If you are looking for a budget-friendly way to entertain your guests, try DIY’ing a palette table. Palettes are very versatile and can be configured to your needs. Add a table runner, placemats or table cloth for your guests. Add some blanks or throws and some toss pillows for added comfort. Don’t forget to add a centerpiece! (via Jessica Bordner)


6. Celebrate the summer with a rustic garden picnic, which offers an intimate feel for your closest friends and family. Stacked palettes are used as picnic tables, layered with organic textures. Decor includes birch vases, wood slabs, mercury votives and fresh blooms set in an array of glass containers. (via  Nikki Meyer Photography for Confetti Daydreams)


7. This table serves both for romantic occasions, such as a couple’s dinner, as well as for more casual and family occasions. Here, a palette of pastel shades with touches of copper or gold for elegance. An arrangement of flowers is used as a centerpiece, while small treasure boxes are filled with party favors. (via Josh Elliot Photography for Style Me Pretty)


8. A Boho-inspired party features stacked palette tables for a casual affair. This would be also be perfect for a party where adults and kids are dining together. You could set a more elegant table for adults and set kids at the more casually decked out palette tables. (via Catch My Party)


9. A tropical garden party features colorful blooms on the table and suspended from above. Instead of splurging on wicker pendant lamps, food domes from World Market mimic the look. Floral foam and blooms hang in the center of each, with a trio focal point over the table. This party is hosted in a greenhouse, but you can have one right in your backyard. (via Sugar and Cloth)


10. An enchanted dinner in the woods. If you are lucky enough to have woods on your property, this would be a great way to host a fairytale party for a large group. If you have a small group, you could copy a mini version of this table setting for a more intimate affair. Hang lanterns from the trees for ambiance. (via Wonderstruck Event Design)


11. Casual dining with blankets, pillows, throws and upcycled palettes for dining tables. A table runner is used for centerpiece decorations, including flowers and candles for ambiance. (via Urbanoutfitters.tumblr)


12. Throw a Boho-chic party right in center of your garden! A DIY table features a tabletop set on garden stools, encircled by outdoor throw pillows for casual seating. Dinnerware includes hammered copper chargers from Pier 1. (via In the Secret Garden)


13. For this outdoor garden party, table crates provides for a casual setting. String lights offers ambiance, while blankets, pillows, plates and cups are from IKEA, the gold cutlery is from Kmart. (via Tara Milk Tea)


14. Create a drink station to keep your guests well hydrated in the summer heat. Mason jars are used to serve drinks, along with striped paper straws. A metal drink party tub full of ice keeps beverages cold. (via Kara’s Party Ideas)


15. Cut some fresh clippings from your garden, add them to clear glass jars filled with water. Wrap twine around the bottles and suspend them from your trees for a fresh idea. Add some twinkle lights to illuminate the colorful blooms. (via Style Me Pretty)


16. Throw a dreamy picnic under a tree featuring glowing glass lanterns suspended at varying lengths. (via Pinterest)


17. After hosting your dinner party, why not retreat to your DIY movie hangout. Here, a white blanket serves as a project screen. Be sure to provide some comfortable seating for your guests and some lanterns for ambiance. (via Lights 4 Fun)


18. Offer a DIY mimosa bar for your party guests. Kraft paper and white marker cleverly gives guests three steps to make their own mimosa. (via Smarty Had A Party)


19. Simple picnic tables adorned with table clothes can make for a casual yet fun atmosphere for your garden party. Decorate with large flower paper lanterns, honeycomb balls and tissue paper pom poms hanging from trees to add an eye-catching look. (via 100 Layer Cake)


20. Party signage can add some playful details to your event. This rustic sign can be made with either a large piece of wood or upcylling an old wood palette. Either can be painted with chalkboard paint. Use chalk to create your lettering for a welcome message. (via Wedding Bells)


21. Adorn your garden with palettes for a casual dinner party. Lanterns and fresh flowers are used for the centerpiece of this table setting. The white adds an elegant touch to the green of the grass. Use toss pillows for added comfort. (via interior_delux)


22. A pergola provides shade for this elegant garden party. Adding a rustic touch is the stump stools. String lights adds ambiance from above. (via Lights 4 Fun)


23. Upcycle an old palette into a bistro-style menu board for your dinner (or lunch) party. To achieve this look, be sure to use sand paper to smooth out any rough surfaces on the wood. Use a paint roller to apply chalkboard paint. Use chalk to welcome your guests and display the menu. Detailed instructions at the provided link. (via Flynnside Out Productions for HGTV)


24. Hang string lights for a magical ambiance to be enjoyed by your dinner guests. Plush throws are added to the bench seats for cozy warmth, while colorful tabletop decor adds a vibrant touch. (via Cheetah is the New Black)


25. You don’t need a fancy bar cart to host a garden party when you can just re-purpose your wheelbarrow! Green tubs are used for champagne and wine, while the wheelbarrow is filled with beer. (via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings)


26. Tie colorful streamers from the trees along with mason jars filled with flowers for a festive touch. String lights adds evening ambiance to your party. (via Brides)


27. A palette table gets an elegant touch with tall taper candles and mercury candles for ambiance. A eucalyptus and boxwood garland centerpiece really makes the table pop. Pillows on the grass gives some added comfort for seated guests. (via Pinterest)


28. Set up a casual dining spot right next to the swimming pool. This one is set in the grass with blankets and pillows for cozy comfort. Don’t forget string lights for ambiance! (via Eye Swoon)


29. This is a fantastic way of dining al fresco in the garden! This one features a tent frame over the dining table, with a chandelier and string lights hung from the frame. Garden flowers are used for the centerpieces. (via Cari Wilton for Celebrations At Home)


30. Causal dining Bohemian style! This wooden table is set with patterned rugs on the grass and topped with comfy pillows and poufs. A centerpiece of candles, fresh garden flowers and wood slices gives this a woodland feel. (via Pinterest)


31. Set two tables together, add a tablecloth and create a “Chips & Salsa Bar” for your party guests to enjoy. (via Pinterest)


32. Bohemian banquet style seating with colorful rugs, toss pillows and poufs on the grass for added comfort. (via Harper Arrow)


33. A low wooden table is set on top of a large outdoor area rug in pure Boho style. Simple place settings, candles and flowers adorn the table. Pillows on the rug allows for comfortable seating for your dinner guests. (via Cristina Lubarda)


It is a great idea to come up with a color palette for your garden party by selecting garden-inspired hues. (via Margot Madison Creative)

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