Sharing our tropical garden party with decor and food ideas, a DIY fruit necklace party favor and ginger mule cocktail recipe to host your own.
Who’s ready to get tropical?! To be honest, we may have gone a little over board on our tropical garden party and DIY fruit necklaces.
However, when IZZE asks us to throw a Friendsday Night party, we go big!
Even still, we have to say this one might be our new running favorite party. Aside from the fact that we may have a slight IZZE addiction here at the studio, it also happens to make the perfect warm afternoon cocktail.
We think you’re going to love the garden party details that we styled to go with the new (limited-time!) Sparkling Citrus Ginger and Sparkling Grapefruit colors.
Our Tropical Garden Party Venue
First things first, we needed the perfect garden location to set the tone.
We were able to snag this pretty greenhouse in Houston that one of our friends got married at recently. It was the perfect mix of outdoors meets the token Sugar & Cloth bright white space.
Basically it’s our spirit garden.
Our DIY Floral Pendant
Naturally, you have to have the perfect florals for a garden party. And Blush & Vine put together just what I had in mind!
We wanted to create floral pendants over the table.
Instead of splurging on crazy expensive wicker pendant lamps, we used food domes that we found at World Market.
Then, we hung floral foam and blooms from the center of each to create a trio focal point over the table.
DIY Embroidered Rattan Fans for a Party Favors Idea
We also made embroidered rattan fans because we glisten (not sweat).
Jokes aside. It gets hot in Houston, and we wanted the ladies to be able to stay cool in style.
To make them, we just used spray paint to lightly color the edges of the fans and embroidery thread to make abstract shapes for added interest.
Food Ideas for a Tropical Garden Party
For food, we had mini bite-sized Acai bowls, Japanese sponge cake, salmon poke chips, and ricotta cheese brioche made by the super talented A Fare Extraordinaire.
Not to worry, you can find the recipe for these colorful treats down below!
Our Tropical Garden Party Furniture
It was also the perfect mix of outdoors meets indoor modern, which we love.
Any furniture element that can be repurposed indoors is worth the investment.
DIY Fruit Necklaces
Of course, no Friendsday Night is complete for the Sugar & Cloth team without a statement DIY. And these fruit necklaces were definitely the conversation starter of the night!
True to the theme, we played off of the sparkling juice flavors and colors to stick to the tropical theme. Here’s how we made them..
Materials and tools needed:
Hot glue and glue gun
How to make the giant fruit necklaces
1 — Drill two holes in either side of the oval wooden plaque towards the top edges.
2 — String the brown cord through.
3 — Start hot gluing the faux fruits to the wood.
4 — Once you have all of your fruit glued on, string on the wooden beads.
5 — Then, tie the cord in a double knot in the back and you’re all set!
DIY Boxwood Backdrop
Lastly, the finishing touch to this garden party was a DIY boxwood backdrop! Our friend Meredith made this one.
We added a few palm leaves to it for an added touch of tropical.
Do you all have any go-to summer cocktails and recipes that you love that we should try?! Let us know! In the meantime, we’re clearly biased, but we definitely recommend the IZZE cocktails or mocktails!
Tropical Garden Party Sources
Pink old fashioned cups
Tables that we spray painted the legs white
Woven accent chairs
IZZE Citrus Ginger Mule Recipe
- 5 oz IZZE Sparkling Citrus Ginger
- 2 oz gin of your choice
- 1 fruit skewer or lime wedge optional for garnishing
- Pour gin into a highball glass over ice cubes and fill with IZZE Sparkling Citrus Ginger.
- Stir and garnish with a lime wedge or fruit skewer.
IZZE Grapehound Cocktail Recipe
- 5 oz IZZE Sparkling Grapefruit
- 2 oz Deep Eddy Grapefruit Vodka
- 1 fruit skewer for garnishing
- Pour vodka into a highball glass over ice cubes and fill with IZZE Sparkling Grapefruit. Stir and garnish with a fruit skewer.
Acai Appetizer Bites Recipe
- 3 1/2 oz frozen acai berry blend
- 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup papaya
- 1 banana
- Honey to sweeten to taste
- Combine all ingredients to the blender and puree until smooth. Pour the puree into the appetizer spoons.
- Garnished with the small diced fruit and homemade granola.
Thanks so much to IZZE for partnering with us on this Friendsday Night series that we LOVE.