This blog post is sponsored by La Madeleine. All opinions are my own.
Flowers are blooming, everything is green and beautiful, and the weather is just right. There’s no better time to host an outdoor celebration than during the spring season! From Easter to Mother’s Day to showers and birthdays, there are many reasons to celebrate with friends and family in March, April, and May.
Hosting and decorating for a spring celebration can be a lot of fun! They key is to keep things carefree so you can truly enjoy your guests. People will notice whether you’re a happy host or if you’re stressed out.
Here are 10 tips for simple spring celebrations that are sure to help you keep your cool.
1. Email an invite.
Paper invitations are nice but they aren’t common anymore. People are busy and digital communication is easy, fast, and free! You can still personalize an email invitation. One idea is to take a picture of your family in your backyard and add wording to the email invite asking guests to join you on a said date and time. Online video invitations are also becoming popular.
2. Order in.
One of the best ways to streamline an event is to use a caterer. You could get the entire meal catered or you could order some catering items and also make a few items as well.
La Madeleine, a French bakery and cafe is a great option for catering. The food at La Madeleine is delicious and unique. Plus, you can order directly from the La Madeleine app.
3. Keep the food light.
The beauty of a spring celebration is that no one expects a hearty home cooked meal. That is usually reserved for cooler months. La Madeleine has several 600 calorie menu options.
You can’t go wrong with Chicken La Madeleine, their signature balsamic-marinated chicken with creamy wild mushroom sauce, served with Rice Provençal and steamed broccoli. Serve a strawberry and bacon spinach salad alongside to complete the meal.
4. Mixed and matched linens.
Spring is a colorful season so the more color the better! From napkins to placemats to runners and everything in between, feel free to mix and match all of your bold and bright colored linens. Make your tablescape truly POP!
5. Fresh and faux flowers.
It’s hard to tell fresh from faux when it comes to flowers. Fresh flowers can get expensive if you have a large area to decorate so it may be a good idea to mix in faux flowers as well. No one will be the wiser and your celebration will look like a garden oasis. Don’t forget to set your garden’s potted plants and flowers around the seating area as well.
6. Forgo the extras.
Napkin rings? You don’t need them. Placecards? Nope. Favors? No way! Unless you have a lot of time on your hands, it’s ok to let these things go. This is a casual springtime celebration after all, and the goal is do less and enjoy more!
7. Fancy plastic plates.
Have you seen the gorgeous plastic plates that you can buy these days? They’re like real porcelain china without the clean up. What a win-win! You get to serve food on gorgeous dinnerware without the fear of someone breaking your precious china and guests get the convenience of knowing where their plate goes when they are finished eating – in the trash.
8. Win with wine.
In honor of keeping things simple, don’t forget about beverages. There’s no need to have a fully stocked bar at a spring event, just serve wine. It will compliment the meal and most people are in the mood to sip on something easy, anyway.
9. Fruit as dessert.
Two words: Strawberries Romanoff. It’s fresh strawberries with sweet brandy sour cream Romanoff sauce topped with cinnamon. Nobody does Strawberries Romanoff like La Madeleine! Nobody. Serving fruit as dessert is a delightful way to simplify a springtime meal.
10. Boxed leftovers.
Send guests home with something memorable – amazing food! If you end up with leftovers, use your catering containers to send them home with your friends and family. They will be thrilled and you will be relieved that you can keep your fridge space.
Spring is such a special time of the year! The memories made at gatherings with loved ones during this season will live on. If you’re interested in catering for an upcoming spring celebration, visit LaMadeleine.com for restaurant locations.