For a rustic theme with a formal spin, channel the elegance of Mother Nature with a woodland wonderland aesthetic. Moss table runners, eclectic glassware, metallic bronze accents and bistro lights work together to create an atmosphere with secret garden flare.
Texture plays a big role here. Opt for materials that have an organic feeling to them, like paper made from recycled bamboo and organic cotton napkins. These organic materials will have little imperfections in their design—the way nature intended.
SIMILAR PARTY THEMES: Alice in Wonderland
After the sun goes down, the dance floor comes to life. With live music and a touch of multicolored uplighting, you can transition the cocktail evening into after-party mode. Professional musicians are pros when it comes to vibing with a crowd, they can switch up their setlist according to what people are moving to (and what they're not). We'd like to see an iPod do that.
By placing this party theme in a garden setting, or a similar outdoor space, a big portion of the decorating will already be done. Adding greenery and florals to tablescapes will help blend the furnature into its surroundings to create a wholistically all-natural vibe.
Break up the formality with a fun food offering, like sliders, individual cups of French fries and grilled cheese and tomato soup shooters. Just because you’re serving something casual doesn’t mean the presentation can’t get a little fancy—get creative with tiered displays and garnishes.
A dark-liquor cocktail will add a hint of sophistication to cocktail hour. An old-fashioned is a pretty simple cocktail to whip together thanks to it’s four-ingredient recipe, making it a good choice for a busy bar.