Fraîche Table: Garden Party

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How to throw the best garden party complete with a white picnic table, a wine-paired menu, fresh flowers and a hostess schedule

We put together a garden party for this month’s Fraîche Table to help you soak up the last bit of summer spending time outdoors with family and friends. The food is casual and the table is filled with produce, fresh flowers… and wine of course! With a printable grocery list, wine-paired menu, and hostess schedule, you’re one BIG step closer to hosting your own epic garden party!

How to Host a Perfect Garden Party

How to throw the best garden party complete with a white picnic table, a wine-paired menu, fresh flowers and a hostess schedule

How to throw the best garden party complete with a white picnic table, a wine-paired menu, fresh flowers and a hostess schedule

How to throw the best garden party complete with a white picnic table, a wine-paired menu, fresh flowers and a hostess schedule

The Flowers

As always, we got our flowers from our friends at Byland’s in West Kelowna (go talk with Carolyn… or any of those sweet gals they are amazing!). I did a tutorial after our Valentine’s Fraiche Table on how I create low floral arrangements (that you can see your guests over!) with a little hack. Click here for the post. I think it all turned out SO PRETTY. We chose a mix of pinks, whites, blues, and soft purple to achieve our look. Our full list of flowers is as follows:

  • Garden roses in Romantic antique, Sabrina, and Myra pink
  • Soft blue delphinium
  • Pink snap dragons
  • Tweedia
  • Soft pink and peach spray roses
  • Lush ivy
  • Baby’s breath
  • Dusty rose hydrangeas

How to throw the best garden party complete with a white picnic table, a wine-paired menu, fresh flowers and a hostess schedule

How to throw the best garden party complete with a white picnic table, a wine-paired menu, fresh flowers and a hostess schedule

How to throw the best garden party complete with a white picnic table, a wine-paired menu, fresh flowers and a hostess schedule

The Table

Our table was built by my talented friend Tifni who owns a company called Refined Furniture Rentals. She rents the tables and benches out for any occasion, anytime of year and even has darker natural wood ones if you’re on the hunt!

We set the table with linen placemats (Homesense find ages ago), soft pink bisque plates, elegant gold cutlery, and wine glasses from The Cross. In setting your table I would recommend mixing soft pastels and light colours that coordinate with your flowers. In a little bit more detail we had:

How to throw the best garden party complete with a white picnic table, a wine-paired menu, fresh flowers and a hostess schedule

How to throw the best garden party complete with a white picnic table, a wine-paired menu, fresh flowers and a hostess schedule

The Menu

This Menu leverages plenty of fresh local fruits and vegetables with light summery flavours. We used our barbecue to cook the main (your choice: Grilled Portobello Mushrooms or Flank Steak with Feta Salsa) and Grilled Vegetable Skewers and only turned the oven on for the Coconut Cookies in the ice cream sandwiches (which you can do in the evening or ahead on a cooler day and freeze for the day of). Each menu item was paired by a sommelier with a BC wine thanks to the BC Wine Institute!

Fraîche Garden Party

 

Alternatively, click here for the menu with the flank steak option!

Blackberry Crostini with a vegan option - such an easy summer appetizer!

How to throw the best garden party complete with a white picnic table, a wine-paired menu, fresh flowers and a hostess schedule

Appetizer: Blackberry Crostini

Wine Pairing: Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards ‘The Mischief’ Pinot Blanc 2016

Summer Squash Pasta Salad

How to throw the best garden party complete with a white picnic table, a wine-paired menu, fresh flowers and a hostess schedule

Salad: Summer Squash Pasta Salad

Wine Pairing: Monte Creek Ranch Winery Chardonnay 2016

Grilled Summer Vegetable Skewers

 

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with feta salsa

How to throw the best garden party complete with a white picnic table, a wine-paired menu, fresh flowers and a hostess schedule

Grilled Flank Steak with Feta Salsa

Main Course: Grilled Portobello Mushrooms or Flank Steak with Feta Salsa & Grilled Vegetable Skewers

Wine Pairing: Meyer Family Vineyards McLean Creek Road Pinot Noir 2016

Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Dessert: Ice Cream Sandwiches using my Old Fashioned Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Wine Pairing: Gray Monk Estate Winery Odyssey Brut Rose 2016

How to throw the best garden party complete with a white picnic table, a wine-paired menu, fresh flowers and a hostess schedule

How to throw the best garden party complete with a white picnic table, a wine-paired menu, fresh flowers and a hostess schedule

The Hostess Schedule

Two Days Before

  • buy flowers
  • purchase wine
  • grocery shopping (download list here)
  • iron linens
  • pick outfit!

Day Before

  • bake cookies and assemble ice cream sandwiches – wrap in parchment and freeze
  • place white and rosé wines in the fridge
  • assemble flower arrangement

Day Of

  • Morning:
    • marinate steak, if using (can be done the night before too)
    • make Feta Salsa
    • make the Summer Squash Pasta Salad – refrigerate
    • set table
  • 30 Minutes Before Guests Arrive:
    • toast baguette and assemble crostini
    • place flowers on table
  • Guests Arrive:
    • heat BBQ
    • serve crostini and wine
    • put flank steak and/or mushrooms and grilled vegetable skewers on the barbecue

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