The beauty and serenity of a lush garden provide the perfect setting for a gathering with friends. We chose the beautiful Friendship Botanic Gardens in Michigan City for a whimsical garden party styled by event planner Ashley Carson, who shares her inspiration behind the look.
For this garden shoot, I loved the idea of using soft tones, mixing in pops of orange with lots of florals to complement the surroundings.
HIGH AND LOW
When styling a table, it's always important to have some height somewhere in your décor. Because I was using the "lower" centerpieces, I thought it would be fun to construct this wood overhang that we centered down the middle of the table, then added fresh flowers to soften up the wood and draw the eye up from the centerpiece.
HOOPS AND TASSLES
In true Ashley Thunder Events fashion I had to add a rustic boho feel, so we DIY'd and dip-dyed tassels and also suspended wooden crochet hoops with the fresh floral.
THE VINTAGE TOUCH
Once you get your centerpiece ideas in place, it's all about adding in the details! I love picking place settings to accentuate the rest of the theme, and with this garden party, the vintage floral pattern was a no-brainer. I found the vintage pieces at a local antique store. (I love to scan antique stores for small special touches to add to any party.) I added a wicker charger, and a fun napkin to complete the look. TIP: Adding a charger to any place setting adds layer and depth, which can really make a table stand out.
Whenever throwing a small gathering for friends, I like to surprise them and sneak a little party favor into the day, and most of the time I try to pick a local business. For this party I chose an organic mini soap from a local soap maker, Hannah Jane Soaps. We placed one on each place setting for a sweet little surprise as our guests sat down.
SMALL BITES, SWEET SIPS
Every party needs sweet treats! So themed floral cookies from Rock'n Sugar was an absolute must—pretty and delicious. Add some freshly squeezed lemonade and iced tea and we were set for a refreshing beautiful day in the garden!