Finally the signs of spring are here! Longer days, greener grass, budding trees and flowers all hold the promise of the brightest season of the year, spring! Yes, Easter is coming soon, but there are other ways to round up your friends and neighbors to celebrate everything (early) spring.

 

 

March Madness

Basketball fan or not, March Madness season is truly exciting! The sports world gets caught up b-ball sliders in brackets, stats, and up-and-coming athletes. Why not capitalize on the excitement with a March Madness party? Choose a time for your party during an anticipated game, or when your favorite team is playing. Games start today and continue until April 4th, but these parties are easy to pull together, so don’t worry about being short on time. Decorate with orange and black for a neutral basketball theme, or use the team colors from your favorite playing team. Serve easy to eat and prepare foods like dips, sliders, and mini pizzas. Bring coolers to the party space filled with beer and soda. When the game is over bring the party outside for a friendly game of hoops. (Remember those coolers can come outside too!)

 

This party is great for guys’ night, and any basketball fan.

 

 

 

A Tax Break

Doing taxes is not fun for anyone, but we can make light of busy number crunching season with mint browniesa playful party. Use the finance section of the newspaper for a tablecloth or runner, set up stacks of play money and use fake refund checks written out to guests at their table setting. Put up posters of Uncle Sam, or if you are feeling it, dress like him! Serve the Tax Relief cocktail, or tea (as in Boston Tea Party.) Have green foods: spinach dip, cucumber sandwiches, mini artichoke quiches, and mint chocolate brownies.

This party is great for a break in office, accountants, business owners, or friends that are stressed during tax season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Party

Warmer weather calls for outdoor parties and spring days are the best time to host a garden party. Keep the party casual and rustic (and affordable) using coffee cans and carafes as vases for fresh cut spring flowers, or look around your garage for eclectic finds that can displayed such as bird cages, watering cans, and buckets, old boots, and arrange them with flowers too. Make sure you have plenty of seating outdoors, and if you are low on chairs, place picnic blankets on the grass for cozy mingling. Salute the season serving fresh garden salads featuring spring peas and citrus, truffled asparagus crostini, slow cooked salmon with fresh herbs, and strawberry rhubarb pie for dessert. Choose to serve a pink sparkling rose, or a champagne cocktail like a Blackberry Thyme Sparkler or this pretty Eureka Tiki Punch, complete with edible flowers floating on top.

 

This party is best for casual bridal or baby showers, or simply gathering with girlfriends.

 

Stay tuned to the Serendipity blog as we explore more ideas for celebrating (late) spring, including May Day, Cinco de Mayo, and the Kentucky Derby!

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