I am definitely not a girly-girl. However, there is something about an English Garden theme that I just love. Its crisp and classic and at the same time can have a funky vintage twist. Plus it isn’t so over the top that it must be confined to just weddings. You can use it for a bridal shower, birthday party or even a baby shower.

To start choose your main color palette. Going for girly? Pink is a must. If not, pick pale greens, blues or yellows and then accent with pink. For a dramatic twist throw in aubergine or peacock blue.

Keep your décor light and airy. I am loving paper right now. You can find instructions on how to craft just about anything out of paper online. A bird motif is always a nice touch. This paper bird project from MarthaStewart.com fits the garden party theme. Add some feathers to add a modern touch. If you are picturing flowers everywhere try crafting them out of coffee filters. Check out these on Craftster.com. You can easily get about 100 flowers out of a $2 pack of coffee filters. Very budget friendly! Scour garage sales and secondhand stores for milk glass vases in various colors to display your paper arrangements.

Collect vintage china to use at your place settings. Vary the styles among the settings to keep the tables from looking stuffy. Pitchers, bowls and even cups can be used as vases.

If you are having a hard time finding vintage china that goes with your motif or it doesn’t fit into your budget use paper printed with similar patterns under clear plates. Use white linens to keep your tables from being overwhelming.