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Throw a Retro Backyard Party with Colorful Flowers & Vintage Accents

Feeling inspired by the bright colors of the season, I threw this retro backyard party for friends in Los Angeles using gorgeous seasonal flowers. 

Weather patterns have been unpredictable the past two years around the world so I find it simpler and more cost-effective to work with what is in season on a local level.

More important than the type of flowers is the overall look you want to achieve. I love designs that are stylized, modern, and structured; even when I’m going for a rustic look. For this party I used a retro color palette of bright pinks, oranges, and yellows - you can't go wrong with this combo!

Retro Backyard Party Decor

Check out what we did to use as inspiration for your next outdoor party set up.

The Decor:

We bought the white vases from a discount store and mixed and matched designs. The glassware is vintage, so borrow from your family, friends, or check out thrift-stores. Stick within the same color palette, while using different shapes and sizes. 

Flowers for Retro Backyard Party

Mixed-and-matched chairs placed around a wooden table really achieve a rustic yet chic feel. To spruce it up, use a patterned runner that you can make easily out of fabric from any fabric store. 

The Flower Arrangements:

We used pink snapdragons that we got locally. To remove the leaves, use your forefinger and thumb, and starting from the top, slide your hand downwards removing the tiny leaves. 

Ranunculus are in season and come in different varieties. Be sure to ask which will open more as some varieties stay as closed buds. Keep them in a cool place as they will droop quickly if they're in the sun too long. 

Fill in spaces with a filler flower like Peruvian Lilies after you've inserted all of the premium flowers. This is how the professionals achieve a high-end look. Create dimension by angling in long stems, like the snap dragons, have them coming out in a diagonal direction. It is okay to cut the tops of these if they are too long! 

Flower Arrangement for Your Retro Party

Since poppies are sometimes expensive, and very fragile, we placed these in last. I had them popping out of the center in an organic, fun way. 

The Small Touches:

Place one flower on each plate to make the table really pop and tie everything together.

Small Touches Table Setting Retro Party

You don't need to shell out hundreds on professionally made centerpieces and bouquets with a little inspiration and a touch of creativity!

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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