Summer Party Planning? 9 Ways to Use Plants to Decorate!

Shari Altman
Home & Garden

Planning a summer party and need decorations? Go natural and let your garden and the botanical world be your inspiration. A wall of cascading flower pots? Total charm. And you can enjoy these decorations long after the party's over -- nice value!

Here are eight more great party decoration ideas using plants.

succulents in vases
Use heat-loving succulents and forget about wilting flowers.
Cut flowers sometimes wilt in the heat. Instead, try a heat-loving succulent centerpiece such as this one with hens and chicks featured in Country Home magazine. I also love how they've draped rosemary around each vase. Such a simple idea for a clean, green summer table.

vintage birdcage
Vintage birdcage makes a super cute place to store party favors.
I'm totally going to steal this lovely idea from Country Living magazine. A cute vintage birdcage (easily found at a shabby chic junk shop) provides a charming home for votives filled with water and one large bloom each. Pick the prettiest blooms in your garden as favors for your guests, but be sure to keep them in the shade.

Need to spruce up your patio for a party? Tuck a shade umbrella into a large, vibrant planter. Directions for creating your own planter umbrella stand are on

I'm totally crushing on this table centerpiece. Garden roses combined with sage and lamb's ear. What a swoon-worthy combo! A simple, beautiful decoration, especially if the bouquet is tucked into a charming antique vase or teapot. Who needs a tablecloth? I think it would look equally charming on an old picnic table.

Ceramics artist Rebecca Wood of Athens, Georgia, created her own simple vases using old glass jars and bits of scrap wire. These would be so pretty hanging all around your patio space.

moss table for drinks

I love this idea from Better Homes and Gardens. Just take a wooden picture frame and glue reindeer moss (available at craft stores) on all sides. It's a simple but wonderful way to decorate your beverage table. You could also use an old, weathered planter or urn as an ice bucket.

paper lantern vase

Aren't these paper lantern vases the sweetest? I love the burst of color. Zinnias pair nicely with these bright lanterns. I'm sure you could pick up some paper lanterns at a party store or even a dollar store. Quick, easy, but also downright festive. Group these as a table centerpiece and let your guests take them home as favors.

seed packets favors

Seed packets are a great outdoor party favor, especially if you saved the seeds yourself from plants in your garden.

How do you use plants as summer party decor?


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