A garden party is the perfect time to get fancy with your décor. Elegant tablecloths, place cards and decorative centerpieces are perfect for dressing up an otherwise casual outdoor table.
To capture the whimsy of the garden surroundings, flowers are an obvious choice for decorating your tabletop. You can also fill a glass bowl with fruit — lemons or limes add a burst of brightness while cranberries or bing cherries look ultra-luxe.
If the forecast says sunny skies, make sure you provide your guests with shade by setting out canopies or beach umbrellas. If you’re planning on celebrating past twilight, string trees and bushes with twinkle lights. Encircle the entire party area with candlelit hurricane lamps or paper bags filled with an inch of sand and tea lights.
1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate
10 strawberries (or 12 if you’re using smaller ones from the farmer’s market or your backyard.)
8 basil leaves
2 to 2 1/2 cups tequila (gold or silver)
Empty the limeade concentrate into a pitcher. Add 2 1/2 cans of water and 1 1/2 (18 ounces, or 2 1/4 cups) cans of tequila (or a bit less, if you don’t want your drinks to be quite as strong).
Hull the strawberries, slice lengthwise, and add to the pitcher. Crumple the basil a little in your hands (this will help the basil flavor release into the drink) and add it to the pitcher, too. Place the pitcher, covered, in the fridge overnight, or for at least four hours.
When you remove the pitcher from the fridge, your margaritas will be a lovely pale pink color. Now all you have to do is serve them and wait for the compliments to pour in.