Intimate Garden Cocktail Party {guest feature}

I’m so excited to share this party with you today – when I first saw it I think my jaw dropped! Not because it is over-the-top elaborate, but because it is so fabulously chic, and inspiring. This was a launch party designed by Katie of Petite Social and was held in a private courtyard garden. The setting and furniture pieces feel very “French” to me, and the colors used reflect the client’s business logo {Little Choux online boutique}. Read on for all the details of this Garden Cocktail Party as told by Katie…

“Food table – we used (our client) Anne Marie’s desk and side table and covered it with cream colored burlap. This was a cocktail party so I wanted the menu to be fuss-free, colorful, and rustic. We kept it minimal and served mini tenderloin sandwiches, savory tarts, caprese pops, and a selection of cheeses, nuts, fruit, fresh vegetable platter, and crusty baguettes. I loved the vibrant colors of the vegetable platter (with cabbage as a serving bowl) and caprese pops. It looked like everything was picked from the garden!

Bar – I was only looking for one dresser, but when I found this crackled, chipped, distressed, and absolutely perfectly dresser for $20, I thought it was a no-brainer! We kept the bar menu simple and selected several different red & white wines, and local Virginia brewed beers, using mason jars as our beer mugs. The drawers functioned perfectly as our wine display.”

“Dessert Station I jumped on Craigslist and found a shabby old dresser listed for $20, which I bargained down to $5 (yes, FIVE!). SOLD! It didn’t matter that the only drawer that opened up was the top one, which we used to hold our serving pieces. The dresser was a faded gold color which coordinated beautifully with an old picture frame Anne Marie and I found recently at The Arlington Flea Market. We bought cardboard, sprayed it with chalkboard paint, and voila!

Going along with the garden theme, we filled our dessert table with homemade Lemon Tarts, Peach Melbas, Raspberry Brownie Bites, and Strawberry and Blueberry cupcakes from Alexandria Cupcake.

Since this was a launch party for an online boutique, we also created a “pop-up” shop for our guests to get an up-close and personal look of featured products curated by Little Choux. We created and styled different product stations to represent Little Choux’s ‘live’, ‘play’, and ‘wear’ categories.

It was such a fun night! We achieved what we aimed for — an intimate and relaxing evening in the garden with good friends. I think our photographer really captured the mood of the evening beautifully.”


Wow, don’t you just want to step into this cocktail party?! I am dying over those Craigs List deals, and the food presentation is beautiful. If you have a desire to host a casual but elegant get-together with friends, why not host a simple cocktail party inspired by this one. This would be fantastic for a birthday or even engagement party. Cheers!

Styling & Paper goods – Petite Social / Photography – Moxie Sox Photography {coming soon} / Boutique Items – Little Choux / Cupcakes – Alexandria Cupcake

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.



  2. so pretty!

  3. This is just amazing!

  4. Chris, this is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. I’m local now, and always revamping/rehabbing vintage pieces, so feel free to contact me if you ever need anything for one of your events!

  5. So beautiful!!!! I love the use of furniture and the colors. GREAT job!

  6. Wow! Absolutely love this!

  7. great job – especially loving the intense yellow lemon tarts!


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