Flowers for a Backyard PicnicSummer is my favorite time to throw a party, and of course it’s the best time to show off my love of flowers. And a party isn’t a party without a theme. Here are 5 party themes perfect for the summer and easy ways to decorate them with beautiful flowers.

  1. “There is No Place Like Home” Party. Play up your inner Dorothy and fill your house with sunflowers. Sunflowers are a great summer flower that brings the sunshine indoors with its ray-like petals. Whether it comes outside the vase or is coiled within a clear glass vase, curly willow adds a different, unexpected twist.
  2. “Take Me Away to Margaritaville” Party. When I think of a salt-rimmed glass filled with a tart margarita mix, I can’t help but think of summer. A great tablescape idea is filling a giant margarita glass with lilies. Strawberry margarita fans should fill their glass with Stargazer lilies.  If your flavor of choice is lime, go with bright yellow Asiatic lilies.
  3. Lemonade Stand Party. If you are throwing a kid-friendly get together, create a Lemonade Stand.  Place some sliced lemons or limes in a vase with a cluster of white or yellow daisies flowing out of the vase.  A party favor for the kiddos could be small little nosegays with bright colored gerbera daisies, roses, green berries and a miniature lime.
  4. Backyard Picnic. Red-and-white-checkered tablecloths and watermelons scream summer backyard picnic.  Don’t throw that watermelon rind out yet — use it as a table focal point. Carve out a watermelon like a picnic basket and fill it with carnations in a pave style design. You will create the illusion of the inside of a watermelon with a fun floral twist.
  5. Garden Party. Create a garden in your dining room by adding a vase filled with hydrangeas, spray roses, gerbera daises and cute lime green button mums.  Add your own little personal flair with a feminine ribbon tied around the vase.

Tell me, what are you favorite themes for summer parties and how have you decorated them with flowers?