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What is Garden Party Attire?

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Springtime this year will bring a garden party wedding for my cousin and her beau. It is going to be one of those beautifully planned events, catered by an in-law’s personal chef, and her husband-to-be’s first cousin will be the DJ. They’re very much age-wise, in the middle of their Millennial generation. So naturally, the menu will be a lineup of some of their favorites, like:

  • Chacuttutery boards (who would have guessed!)
  • Mini Quiche
  • Caprese Skewers
  • Smoked Salmon Crostini
  • Bruschetta
  • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Spinach and Artichoke Dip
  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Mini Chicken Sliders
  • Beef Tenderloin Skewers
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls
  • Mini Fruit Tarts

My sons and I are really looking forward to the food. The menu provides a good balance between savory and light options. Hopefully, that will keep at least my youngest satisfied throughout the event – the kid likes to eat! He’s healthy and works out, so not in a gluttonous way!  

The Millennial favorite charcuterie boards, with an assortment of cured meats, cheeses, fruits, and nuts, will serve as a centerpiece on the buffet table, allowing guests to create their personalized appetizer bites.

Moreover, garden party attire sets the stage for a stylish and comfortable outdoor event. Typically, garden party attire for guests leans towards more casual and whimsical outfits. However, it is essential to keep in mind the specific theme, if any, provided by the hosts.

Classy, dressy. Sunny colors, reminiscent of a garden in summer. Lightweight fabrics for women: Florals, chiffon, lace, cotton voile, and light silk are popular. Traditional (but not mandatory) cocktail length for women is from below the knee to the calf. For men, light-colored suits or sports jackets.

From the fashion-forward Gahzal Paris, “Garden party attire should be dressy but typically not too formal, effortless but not too casual. Flowing pretty fabrics are a great way to stay cool on those warmer days and pastels, whites and primary colors are a key component. Leave your dark hues at home and choose pieces that put a spring in your step!”

What is an appropriate wedding gift for a cousin?

I am the oldest of fourteen grandchildren, making me the “big” cousin of them all, except for the next oldest, who is only four days younger than I. We sort of grew up like brother and sister as we were the only grandchildren for nine years, and our family was always together.

The bride-to-be, my “baby” cousin (who’s in her early thirties), is nineteen years younger than I; I’m almost like an aunt to her! She lives in The Outer Banks, NC. So, on a soon-to-be Thursday, in the reasonably near future, I will be embarking on a seventeen-hour road trip from southeast Michigan to the North Carolina coast with my two teenage sons. Thankfully, my oldest is eighteen, so he can help drive some of the way. But I’m still footing the bill because, well, I’m the mom (I guess!). Speaking of what I will be spending money on, I’m not sure what to get them as a gift.

According to Vogue, they said that the average for “Friends or relatives 75 to 100 dollars. For close friends, family members, or if you’re in the wedding party, you should spend 100 to 150 dollars—or more”.

Ultimately, the most important thing is the sentiment behind the gift. Whether it’s a physical item or a memorable experience, the key is to show my cousin how much I care about her and wish her happiness in this new chapter of her life. Regardless of how much money I can afford, the thought and love behind the gift are what truly matter.

What is the psychology of gift-giving?

When we implore the act of gift-giving, it sparks a connection between us and the recipient. Cousin, customer, client, friend; it really doesn’t matter who receives the gift; the gesture shows how we recognize and value them as a part of our world. By enhancing this sense of connection, gift-giving helps form strong bonds and build lasting relationships.

My mom would always say that the value of a gift is not solely determined by its cost but by the thought and love behind it. It’s not about how much money you spend but rather the sentiment and effort you put into selecting something special for the couple. I wish she were here to experience her niece’s big day.

As the “big cousin,” I have a special connection with the bride, and, understandably, I want to find a meaningful and thoughtful gift to celebrate her on her wedding day.

In reference to how gift-giving affects our brains, The American Psychology Association writes, “Oftentimes, people refer to it as the ‘warm glow,’ this intrinsic delight in doing something for someone else,” said Simon-Thomas, who studies the neuroscience and psychology of compassion, kindness, and gratitude. “But part of the uniqueness of the reward activation around gift-giving compared to something like receiving an award or winning money is that because it is social it also activates pathways in the brain that release oxytocin, which is a neuropeptide that signals trust, safety, and connection. It’s often referred to as the ‘cuddle hormone.’”

One option I thought of was to consider something personalized. My mom was always great at these as this type of gift has a way of adding an extra touch of sentimentality to any occasion. I’m thinking maybe monogrammed towels or a custom-made piece of artwork that holds significance to them as a couple. I don’t know; I have some time yet. Airbnb on the beach is already booked, so we’re set there!

What is garden party attire?

In conclusion, when attending my cousin’s garden party wedding this upcoming spring, both of my sons and I will remember to dress light, comfortable, simple yet elegant but not too formal. If I let my oldest take the reigns and pick out our attire, I imagine we will all be wearing linen outfits, which sounds perfect to me.

As we make the long journey to celebrate our cousin’s wedding, I look forward to creating new memories with my family. I am excited to share in her joy and to witness her special day in such a beautiful setting. It will be a heartwarming and joyous occasion for us all.

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