Decorating diva Katie Brown has the perfect ways to dress your table for a
summer garden party, from a "halo of greens" chandelier to personalized menus
that will also cool your guests off!
By Katie Brown
Create Your Own Garden Party Table
Wrap old drapery or fabric around your table and tie them on the corners. This simple touch can give your entire presentation a dramatic flare.
Make simple napkins exotic! Thread ribbon through them for decoration—dress them up!
Place a unique setting, like a homemade tray, at each spot. Try using ribbon to cover inexpensive picture frames, like wrapping a present. Decorate each one differently so each guest feels special.
Chicago wedding-planners A Perfect Event suggest setting a paper fan at each place setting with the menu written on it! Katie suggests using their idea so that your guests will know exactly what you're serving, or have a chance to cool themselves off!
Give your chairs a little flair! Take ordinary table runners and tie them to the back of each chair with a bow. You can even put flowers in each bow for fun.
Make a party favor they'll actually use! Take ordinary Epsom salt, mix it with aromatherapy and a few herbs, and put it in small bottles—they'll make your table smell great, and guests can take them home as party favors!
Make your own halo chandelier. Decorate Styrofoam wreaths with inexpensive greenery, flowers and ribbons. (Attach everything with spray adhesive or hot glue.)
Cover a table with basic paving slates—you can write guests' names on them with chalk, or adorn them with rocks for a more "Zen" feel!
Don't spend too much money on flowers! Fill vases with water, putting rocks at the bottom, and float tea light candles instead.
Remember, the idea is to stay simple and affordable. Pick and choose which ideas are right for you!