Gardening

Hosting a luncheon garden style

A tastefully done luncheon served in a beautiful garden will leave your friends and family felling very pampered. Here are a few ideas to help you create a welcoming and cheerful event.

We created our patio so friends and family would feel pampered and at home.

The Food
*Cut slightly softened butter with garden themed cookie cutters. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
*Cut a honey dew or cantaloupe melon in half, hollow out and fill with your favorite ice cream.
*Deviled eggs look even yummier with fresh chives tied into bows and placed on top of them.  Use the chive blossoms to set on the bow.
*For extra special dinner buns – combine in 1 stick melted butter with your favorite herb such as rosemary or thyme.  Brush the roll using with the butter mixture and bake as directed.
*A special punch bowl will hold Raspberry Lemon tea with lemon, lime & orange peel spirals combined with ice cubes containing mock orange or orange blossoms.
*Of course mini sandwiches!

Set the tables with something that will make them go ‘ahhh’
*Use pretty floral sheets or a quilt for a table cloth.  If you have plain white ones, drape them to the floor then top with a quilts laid diagonally over.
*Use 3 clay pots of the same size to hold forks, spoons and knives in.  Tie a piece of raffia around the rim with a bow to make it even cuter.
*Use baskets  lined with floral napkins to hold napkins & breads.
*Mason jars make the cutest drinking vessels, especially if they are blue! Not to mention flower vases and candle holders.
*A hodgepodge of old plates & platters are a great way to serve your sandwiches, cheese & crackers & appetizers.
*Use an old galvanized wash tub filled to the top with ice and put bottled water,  juice or pop in for guests.
*An old pickle crock thoroughly cleaned makes a spectacular punch bowl.
*Print the menu out on card stock and lay over each guests plate.

The most important part of hosting a luncheon is creating a feeling of comfortable fellowship and warmth.

Be sure to stop by my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/For-Dragonflies-And-Me/550000798362651 for lots more great ideas!

Happy day,

Jean

 

Jean Smith
Jean Smith is a mother of six, organic farmer and freelance writer dwelling with her family on their five acre farm in the Thumb of Michigan. She is a self professed master gardener with over 15 years experience who loves to write and teach about her passion for and knowledge in organic gardening. You can read more of Jean's writings at her blog, For Dragonflies And Me