For a beautiful vintage affair that everyone will remember, throwing a backward Vintage Garden Party is an exceptional idea. This elegant event is prim and proper in the best way possible, and allows everyone to get dressed up and enjoy a proper English afternoon.
The History of the Vintage Garden PartyA Vintage Garden Party was an important part of high society in the Victorian Era. The tradition of holding afternoon “breakfasts” was started by Queen Victoria herself, and eventually these events became a way for debutants to introduce themselves to the royal court and other important members of society. This remained a common practice until the mid- 1950s, when the idea of debutants drew to a close. From then on, Garden Parties became laid-back soirees that remain a staple of life for members of British nobility.
RefreshmentsTea has long been considered the national drink of Great Britain. In 1840, it was Anna, Duchess of Bedford who decided that tea should be a daily social event that should cause everyone to gather and enjoy pleasant conversation while consuming the popular beverage. Queen Victoria took this idea and added it to her “breakfasts.” Along with tea, traditional finger sandwiches and other treats were served as a mid-afternoon meal. When throwing a modern Garden Party, be sure to incorporate traditional refreshments for your guests to enjoy. Pastries like scones and biscuits with jam are proper treats that will make everyone feel fancy. For something with a little more substance, traditional cucumber finger sandwiches add a touch of class. It goes without saying that tea is a must. Choose your favorite flavors and serve them to guests in gorgeous floral tea cups just like the Queen herself.
Garden Parties are traditionally outdoor affairs, so bring traditional “indoor” elements into the wild for a refined look that combines the best of both worlds. Under the bright, sunny sky, set a beautiful table with vintage-inspired table settings. At the center, add floral arrangements to set the mood and provide lawn games for your guests to take part in. Keep the tablecloths white for a crisp, neutral look. The perfect linen tablecloth is an easy way to create table that is light, airy, and breathtakingly beautiful. Feel free to play around with the napkins and add a pop of color or floral prints, which will liven up your tablescapes and create a picture-perfect look your guests are sure to enjoy.