There’s no better time to plan parties than in the spring, and there are lots of different types of parties that are perfect for an outdoor setting. With that in mind, here are some ideas for parties to plan this season.

Baby shower

With flowers blooming and picture perfect weather, spring is the perfect time to throw a baby shower. To host a spring-themed baby shower, be sure to include pastel pinks or blues (depending on the gender of the baby). If the gender hasn’t been announced yet, a combination of pinks, blues, and purples is ideal.

To incorporate pastels into your party’s theme, try using bouquets as centerpieces. DIY pastel colored mason jars are great for holding flowers and other party favors, like candies. Decorations can be as simple as balloons and streamers.

Pastel finger foods, like macaroons or cupcakes, will help carry your party’s theme into the food. Additionally, platters of fresh fruit are great for beautiful, simple desserts or snacks, and even make for eye-catching centerpieces. You can also try serving a spring pasta salad with asparagus, peas, cherry tomatoes, pasta primavera, or paellas.

Focusing on smaller bites like side dishes and appetizers will make party planning and prep much easier.

Bridal shower

A bridal shower is the perfect spring party, especially since you can include as much pastel pink and purple you want while keeping the party spring-themed. If you’re considering throwing a spring bridal shower, setting a season appropriate dress code is a must. For dress code ideas, try suggesting pretty pastels or floral prints.

Selecting the party’s venue is also important. While throwing a bridal shower in your backyard is sufficient, you might also want to consider hosting the shower at a vineyard or garden with a gorgeous backdrop. For bridal shower party activities, consider making a flower crown table, setting up a bouquet-making station, or embarking on a wine tour with guests.

Cinco de Mayo

May is ideal for throwing an outdoor party since the warm temperatures and sun are finally here to stay. A Cinco de Mayo party is a great way to spend time with friends and family while showing off your party hosting skills.

For an authentic party, incorporate the colors of the Mexican flag into as many decorations as possible by hanging streamers around your yard, making your own confetti using a paper punch, and hanging the Mexican flag above your doorway. Adding some party accessories like confetti cannons and glow sticks is a great touch, too. If you’re looking to go all out, find a festive pinata to use as a party game.

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the French, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with food. Encourage guests to bring traditional Mexican dishes that sit well outside, like churros. Dishes should be pleasant to the eyes with bright and lively colors. Bright green limes, red bell peppers, and red tomato salsa are perfect for a centerpiece.

And don’t forget to stop at your liquor store before the party — tequila is the go-to drink for Cinco de Mayo and can also factor into your decorating. Try placing individual bottles of tequila on each table next to shot glasses, limes, and Mexican soda.

Regardless of what kind of party you choose to plan, spring is the perfect time to gather outside with your loved ones and closest friends. This season, throw the ultimate spring party by incorporating pastel colors, serving seasonal foods, and taking advantage of the warm weather.

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