Is there a better way to make the most of the summer weather than throwing a party in one of the city’s hidden gardens? In fact, it doesn’t even have to be summer specifically - spring can offer blossoming greenery whilst in fall you and your guests can enjoy the beautiful autumnal colors and falling leaves. If you’re already set on the season, let’s get to planning your party! Here are some tips on how to host a magical garden party that even Jay Gatsby would be jealous of!
How to throw a great garden party?
- Next-level garden decor. We’ve all been to parties that were adorned with just string lights and a few lonely balloons. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you want to throw a party that the whole city will be talking about, you should go a step further. How? We have some ideas! Flower arrangements can add some color to your table. You can either create small bouquets in teacups or put loose petals all over the table. If that’s not enough, you can also dress up your ice bucket, fill it with flowers and display it on the table as the main centerpiece. Another good idea would be to make a flower wall installation which could serve as both a decoration and a unique background for taking photos.
- Amazing food. We’re sure you don’t want your guests to leave your party hungry, which is why food is quite high on our list. Depending on your preferences and the kind of event you are throwing, there are many catering options you can choose from. Two of the most popular ones are buffet-style and a sit-down dinner. If you’re going for a theme, serve on-theme dishes and desserts. Another idea for a unique feast is to serve dishes made from seasonal ingredients.
- Delicious cocktails. Serving alcohol at your party isn’t a must but there are a few ideas that we’d like to share (perhaps you could even modify them and prepare non-alcoholic beverages). Your drink options are endless and what will be served depends on your ambitions. If it’s a casual gathering, you can go for the classics. But if there is a theme, the drinks should fit right in as well. And make sure that cocktails served during your party are as pretty as the decor. For something extra, we encourage you to prepare a mix and match cocktail bar. The idea is simple: prepare several citrus juices, simple syrups, herbs, garnishes, and a variety of clear spirits and encourage your guests to have a go at being their own mixologists for the evening.
- Set up a picnic station. This is a great option for anyone who will get tired or simply want to take a short break from the party. A picnic station doesn’t have to be anything complicated. All you need to do is put a few blankets and pillows on the grass, perhaps further from the center of the party and it’s ready. You can additionally put some snacks, for example a cheeseboard, or a plate full of fruit and homemade cupcakes on a blanket. In case any children will be joining your event, prepare some toys and puzzles there as well.
- Music. Music can’t be missed at any party, so make sure tunes are playing throughout the entire event. The most affordable option is to create a special playlist with your favorite songs. To ensure there is something suitable for everyone’s taste, how about asking your guests to co-create the party playlist with you and add their favorites to the loop? That could ensure great fun during the event but also be a great way to get to know each other better.
- Additional entertainment. For a summery party, set up a flower decorating station where your guests will have an opportunity to arrange their own bouquets. If your event is taking place during the fall, how about preparing a station where people will be able to make their own wreaths to put on the door. You can also plan some more traditional entertainment and simply prepare your favorite games to play during the evening. It doesn’t matter what age your guests are, nobody will say ‘no’ to a cornhole or a ‘potato sack race’.
All around the globe people appreciate an opportunity to meet with their family and friends outside. New York gives you a perfect chance to do so as there are plenty of fantastic garden venues in each borough. You’ll be able to find cozy spots with blossoming trees, as well as spacious backyards with classic brick walls boasting colorful graffiti. Each place offers something different, so you’ll definitely find a garden where you and your guests will have a great time. Don't waste any more time and start your search to make it happen as soon as possible.
Garden Party Venues in New York City FAQ
Can I rent a garden for a wedding?
In New York you will find plenty of outdoor venues that are ideal for a wedding celebration, including gardens. The city’s backyards are magical spaces, usually boasting lots of lush greenery, brick walls and lots of much needed privacy for such a special occasion. Carroll Gardens' Court Street Tavern has a spacious garden where you can throw an intimate wedding party for your nearest and dearest. The same goes for Williamsburg-based Midnights and its cozy garden where any event will be an unforgettable experience.
What are some of the best garden party venues in NYC?
Here are some suggestions for fantastic open-air spots that are ideal for all kinds of events:
- Patio at Cheeseboat Manhattan - The ultimate outdoor dining destination in Hell's Kitchen. It is located in a quiet and peaceful area with a lot of plants surrounding you, while not being too far away from any busy street or touristy place. Khinkali is the key dish: it's a Georgian dumpling filled with meat and spices, that is served with sour cream. You will enjoy your time spent here, so go check it out!
- The Garden at Vineapple Cafe - Escape to a lush wonderland in Brooklyn Heights! The Garden at Vineapple Cafe is the perfect place for brunches and cocktail parties in the fresh air.
- Backyard at Santo Brúklin - If you’re looking for somewhere in NYC that’ll bring you close to Brazil, look no further! At Santo Brúklin, your stomach will be pleased by the delicious comfort food and inventive cocktails.
What are the best areas to throw a garden party in New York?
If you’re looking for somewhere to throw an open-air party, you have to check out Brooklyn! Its selection of fantastic gardens will delight even the pickiest party planners. Check out the garden venues around Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. There are also magnificent backyards located in Manhattan’s Murray Hill, Gramercy Park, Tribeca and SoHo.
How much does it cost to rent a garden party venue in NYC?
Across New York, you will find various prices for renting garden venues. Some spaces charge per hour, with rates ranging from $80 up to $1000, or per session, where the fees start at $2800 and can reach $6000. It is also possible to find venues that offer special packages, where prices range from $20 to $65 per person. (Based on data from Tagvenue.)