Spring is perhaps the best season for throwing a warm weather get-together filled with food, friends, and fun. But instead of hosting a generic backyard bash, why not opt for a themed party your guests will never forget? These unique and exciting ideas will give you all the inspiration you need for the ultimate spring theme party in your newly improved backyard.
We All Scream for Ice Scream
Ice cream desserts are so beloved that they deserve their own sweet celebration. Everyone from kids to kids at heart can get on board with this delicious idea – just be sure to have every guest’s favorite flavor on hand, from classic vanilla to more adventurous options like cold brew ice cream.
A backyard ice cream bar allows party goers to customize their ice cream delights to their preference while saving you the hassle of serving. Set up three stations protected with table covers: ice cream base, sauces and syrups, and dry toppings.
Ice Creamed Ideas
- Rocky Road
- Creme Brulee
Let it Pour
- Chocolate sauce
- Hot fudge
- Marshmallow sauce
- Peanut butter sauce
Top of the Line
- Crumbled cookies
- Roasted nuts
- Crumbled toffee
Keeping ice cream cool in the heat of your backyard is simple with the help of coolers filled to the brim with ice. Be sure to replenish your cooler with more ice on the hour, and keep an eye out for any leakage or melting.
Over the Rainbow
The spring months are bursting at the seams with color, from the greens of freshly mowed grass to the custom hues of your fountain covers. And what better way to celebrate the vibrant hues of the season than with a whimsical rainbow themed party?
From decor to snacks, the possibilities are endless when it comes to bringing ROYGBIV to life.
- Adorn your mailbox with a plethora of brightly colored balloons and create a path to the party with a line of rainbow pinwheels staked into the grass.
- Instead of brightly colored sugary candies, opt for a tray of fruit arranged in the rainbow order: strawberries, orange slices, pineapple chunks, kiwis, blueberries, and finally grapes. You can even add scoops of marshmallows on either end for some yummy clouds.
- Rainbow up your beverage list too – from red fruit punch all the way a little purple food dye in the lemonade.
- Inexpensive curtain rings and crêpe streamers can make one entertaining craft for kids. Demonstrate how to knot a streamer to the ring and have the kids tie each streamer on in ROYGBIV order. The result is a cute and colorful wind streamer they can take home as a party treat.
- Furniture protectors can even get in on the rainbow trend. Sectional covers and canopy covers can be customized with rainbow graphics to help set the colorful scene.
Tea in the Garden
If you’re looking to bring a touch of elegance to your springtime gathering, consider hosting high tea in your backyard garden. Send out ornate invitations detailing the afternoon’s events as well as the dress code – a tea party calls for everyone to dress in their finest, after all.
Start with the finger sandwich menu. Classic cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches are always a crowd favorite. Mini PBJ’s for the kiddos is a winner as well. Ham and cheese, prosciutto and romano or fresh mozzarella, and Irish cheddar with stone ground mustard are all bound to make for some happy guests. From there you can add crumpets with clotted cream and jam, scones of any variety, and virtually any amuse-bouche bake.
Perhaps the most important aspect of a tea party is the tea itself. With the seemingly endless variety of blends available, crafting the perfect pouring menu may seem overwhelming. Here are some of the most highly recommended, party approved tea blends to help narrow things down:
- English Breakfast: the old standby has a little caffeine kick and served with a little cream and perhaps a bit of sugar is a British tradition.
- Earl Grey: This classic black tea is beloved for its refreshing floral notes. You can also get varieties with a slightly citrus flavor. It pairs best with desserts such as scones or lemon cookies.
- Mint: It’s important to offer a caffeine-free blend for your guests, and zesty mint teas fits the bill. Mint teas are perfect companions to finger sandwiches, and offer a refreshing reprieve on a warm spring afternoon.
- Oolong: The complex and slightly smoky flavors of Oolong are perfect for your more adventurous guests. Serve with a savory charcuterie board to experience the full taste profile of this multilayered tea blend.
Take your backyard to the southernmost border of the United States with a party inspired by the Mexican-American fusion of Tex-Mex cuisine. Bring the best of both regions for an afternoon full of good company and even better food.
- You can’t go wrong by inviting your party guests to go down the line with a DIY fajita bar.
- Thin skirt steak and tender chipotle lime chicken can be grilled hot in a skillet with a mixture of caramelized onions and colorful bell peppers.
- You can even maximize your output by cooking these in a wok before transferring them into more apt serving dishes.
- Serve your fajitas with rice, refried beans, and tortillas (corn and flour, letting guests pick their poison).
- Take things one step further with chips, salsa, guacamole, and queso dip from your favorite local Mexican restaurant.
- What’s a Tex-Mex party without the main attraction? Cocktail time comes full circle with a selection of margaritas for your guests to sample. It doesn’t matter if you decide to go over the rocks or ice out with a frozen concoction served alongside your fajitas.
Say “Aloha” to warm weather with a laid back Luau. You don’t need a plane ticket to the tropics to throw a fun and festive tropical party. It’s an island breeze to play island host by serving up piña coladas, zombies, and Mai Tais in coconut cups while your guests practice their best limbo skills and relax poolside – even if it’s just an inflatable one.
Setting the scene for a tropical bash will require a few props. Tiki torches, inflatable palm trees, and tropical flower garlands are simple set-ups that can be found at most party stores. Be sure to integrate bright, tropical colors such as lime green and hot pink into your party decor. These hues can be integrated throughout your party space, from your serving ware to the festive graphics on your table covers and sectional covers.