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12 Garden Party Essentials for Hosting the Perfect Summer Event

essentials in fashion and tabletop items to host the best garden party this summer, including dresses, handbags, plates, glasses

Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of essentials in fashion and tabletop items to host the best garden party this summer, including dresses, handbags, plates, glasses, and more.

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We are in the throes of garden party fever. Nothing against pool parties but they can just be so…wet. Trying to maintain some dignity in a dripping bathing suit at a social gathering is more stress than we need. But, sitting in the shade amongst fragrant blooms – with a drink in hand – in that dress we’ve been waiting for an occasion to wear – that’s all the luxury we need on a hot summer day.

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Whether you’re thinking of hosting or looking forward to attending a garden party, we’ve rounded up some appropriate party confections to get you in the mood. From dresses to accessories to tableware, there’s still a month left of summer to stop and smell the roses (and drink the rosé.

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12 fashion and tabletop essentials to host the best garden party this summer

Floral Dresses

1. Samantha Sung’s sophisticated shirt dress

Channel classic Kate Middleton and Anna Wintour vibes in an all over floral motif dress. We love designer Samantha Sung’s sophisticated shirt dress ($995) embellished with painterly asters. With appealing proportions and a swingy, lightweight fabrication, it’s the epitome of grace – with lots of vintage charm.

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2. Hemant & Nandita’s flirty mini

For something with a shorter hemline, consider Hemant & Nandita’s flirty mini ($419) cut in a subtle lurex striped georgette. Billowy bishop sleeves and a tiered skirt heighten the romantic mood. Pair with strappy heels for a picture perfect garden party look.

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Floral and Nature-Inspired Accessories

3. Lele Sadoughi iconic Liberty floral prints

Lele Sadoughi’s headbands are veritable modern tiaras. Padded and bejeweled, they always make a fearless fashion statement. This one is crafted from iconic Liberty floral prints ($150) and hand-embellished with tonal crystals.

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4. Eugenia Kim’s vintage-inspired sun hat

To stay pretty in the shade, consider Eugenia Kim’s vintage-inspired sun hat ($495) with floral and pearl trim detailing. The subtle colors make it easy to coordinate with the rest of your ensemble while the wide brim makes a dramatic statement.

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5. Completedworks

Pearls are always a faultless choice and we love this sustainable necklace from Completedworks ($553) with a sculptural quality that’s not too perfect.

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6. jewel box of a bag from Dolce & Gabbana

Pair it with this jewel box of a bag from Dolce & Gabbana ($5,995) that’s constructed from a mix of leather and delightful crochet flowers. The strap is detachable so it can also be used as a clutch.

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7. Aquazzura’s block heel slip-ons

A colorful sandal is a must at a garden party. Aquazzura’s block heel slip-ons ($607) are a beautiful crisp green reminiscent of fresh petals and stems.

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Garden Party Decor

8. LaDouble J’s flora and fauna plate set

LaDouble J’s flora and fauna plate set ($410) makes it easy to set a luxurious garden tone with surrealist symbols and fantastical florals inspired by the beauty and beastliness of the 15th Century Italian grotesque. Crafted in fine Italian porcelain with 18k gold trim, we love the mix and match quality for an eclectic mood.

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9. whimsical umbrellas from Business & Pleasure Co.

Set up your outdoor entertaining area with these whimsical umbrellas from Business & Pleasure Co. ($199) depicting bright yellow lemons. It’s UV resistant and UPF 50+ for substance and style points.

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10. green footed glasses

These green footed glasses ($52 for 4) provide such a refreshing look to the table. Sculptural and modern, they make great water glasses or vehicles for a specialty cocktail.

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11. Baggu’s reusable printed cloths

Baggu’s reusable printed cloths ($26) are made from organic cotton can be used as napkins or for whatever else you dream up. We think the bright vintage-inspired florals would look lovely wrapped around some warm dinner rolls or under serving trays on a buffet table.

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12. minimalist ceramic and glass drink dispenser

Hydration is key when you’re entertaining outdoors. Keep the H20 flowing at your garden party in this minimalist ceramic and glass drink dispenser ($149) made by artisans in Portugal.

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Summer garden party essentials

There you have it — all our top picks to indulge in for the perfect event. Essentials in fashion and tabletop items to host the best garden party this summer, including dresses, handbags, plates, glasses, and more. Don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray! Happy hosting, dear reader.

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

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