Garden Party Ideas | An Event with Lena’s Kitchen Blog

Group photo at Lena's Garden Party

Want to host your own garden party? Here are some garden party ideas that you can use at home to host the most beautiful, delicious and interactive event at home.

A few weekends back, I had the most amazing day with a group of wonderful creatives and bloggers here in Portland. We were hosted by my friend, Lena of Lena’s Kitchen Blog.

Of course, for me, any spectacular event begins with wine, and Lena had two of my favorites on hand – Bubbles and Rosé! The Fleur de Mer Rosé was perfect for this sunshine-y day – Hints of strawberries, grapefruit and a bright acidity. And the Prosecco from La Marca was refreshing with notes of green apple, honey and a clean finish with just a bit of minerality to it. After our glasses were filled, we all headed outside for a flower crown workshop.

I was so excited for this! I’ve always wanted to wear a flower crown, and I really, really wanted to wear one for our upcoming wedding, but Rick nixed that idea. So instead, I got to live out my dream just a couple months early. I actually love to craft. I just don’t make much time for it anymore. So, it was so perfect that all I had to do was show up. The wire crowns and flowers were already there for us, all we had to do  was the fun part – create!

Flower crown creating station next to rosé

I learned that making a flower crown is much like making a wreath. Gather mini-bouquets of greenery and then attach them to your crown with floral wire. Keep filling and filling, until it looks as full as you’d like. Then, to attach the flowers, we actually cut them off at the base (right below the head) and used glue to attach them. I’m not sure the exact brand of glue we used, but it looks like you can also use hot glue. Here’s a great tutorial on how to make your own floral crown at home.

Erin in flower crown

After our crafting hour, we took a break for lunch. In typical Lena fashion, she created the most amazing spread of peaches with burrata, roasted grapes and mini-sandwiches. It was the perfect tie-in for Kroger’s Red, White and BBQ theme of the summer. Be sure to check out Lena’s Kitchen Blog for all of her delicious recipes and entertaining inspiration.

Garden Party Ideas for Your Menu:

Overhead shot of garden party sandwiches

After lunch, it was of course time for dessert. And there were options. 

First… the cutest of S’mores stations complete with chocolate chip cookies (try them instead of graham crackers!), homemade marshmallows, Reeses, and Hershey’s chocolate.

Smores station set up

And secondly… How about an entire cake? We each had the opportunity to learn from Karlee of Olive and Artisan on how to craft the cutest of cakes using gold leaf, iridescent paint and tea roses. The best part? We didn’t have to bake. Karlee did all the hard work for us. We just got to play. I definitely went the understated route with my cake, but it was so fun to see everyone’s unique designs!

Karlee in grass surrounded by lots of decorated cakes.

Garden Party Ideas for Activities:

  • DIY S’mores Bar |  It was so much fun, and delicious too!
  • Flower Crown Workshop | Definitely not as hard as it looks and everyone leaves with a gorgeous crown, plus the photo ops are amazing!
  • Cake Decorating Station | This was such a fun, interactive activity and everyone went home with a yummy cake to share with their families.
  • Lawn Games | Cornhole, Croquet, Badminton and Bocce Ball are all fun lawn game options.

Lena on blanket in grass

Have you ever hosted a garden party? I’d love to hear your favorite garden party ideas and tips in the comments below.

Disclosure: Lena’s Kitchen Garden Party was sponsored by Kroger. As always, all opinions are my own. 


  1. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    So lovely! And what a great time with friends! I wore a flower crown when I officiated a dear friend’s wedding 2 years ago and there’s something about them that makes you feel transcendent. 🙂


  2. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    So bummed I was out of town for this – it looked like so much fun! The photos turned out beautiful. Love all of the individually decorated cakes!


    1. Erin

      It was so much fun Marlynn! My favorite part was the flower crowns!


  3. Mary

    That looked like way too much fun! I’d have been all over that cake decorating. I’m not the best baker, but I’d love to play around with the decorating. How fun!!!


  4. Waz

    What a lovely party! All the photos I’ve seen from this event are gorgeous, and the cake decorating station sounds so fun. I’m a big fan of floral crowns, but I’ve never learned how to make my own. Gotta take a workshop sometime!


    1. Erin

      Cake decorating was definitely SO much fun – I like the decorating part, but not the baking part so much…


  5. lora

    It was so much fun teaching everyone the art of simple floral crowns.
    Hot glue is definitely not recommended {unless you are using silk floral} otherwise it will burn the fresh bloom.
    We always provide the fresh floral adhesive during our workshops. It was fun to see everyone and how the materials were utilized to create something unique and different.
    Lora-Sophisticated Floral {Portland, OR}


    1. Erin

      Thank you so much for teaching us the art of floral crown making Lora!


  6. Phi @ The SweetPhi blog

    What a gorgeous garden party! Thank you so much for linking to my mimosa bar 🙂


    1. Erin

      Of course Phi! Such a fun idea!


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