Rooftop Garden Party Ideas

Let the weekend begin in this tropical garden paradise. (Umbrella-topped cocktail optional.)

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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Photo By: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

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Central Dining Space

Designed by John Bailey, this garden evokes a colonial era, when time passed slowly and hot days were spent sipping drinks on a shady terrace. In direct contract with the noisy city streets below.

Rooftop Plants

Bold, subtropical plants create an exotic flavor, and heighten the drama with their architectural foliage.

Rooftop Plant Terrace

Subtle elevations split the garden into separate areas and increase the illusion of space.

Rooftop Seating

This tranquil, exotic oasis combines a nostalgic ambience with contemporary design influences, which is in direct contrast with the noisy city streets below.

Roof Terrace Design

A central dining area gives the garden a useful focal point, both visually and practically. The large skylights were a potential problem but have been cleverly integrated into the new garden design.

Baste Meats with Rosemary

Rosemary bush thriving? Snip off a couple of branches, dip them in a marinade and baste your meat with them. 

Fresh Garden Style

This rooftop dinner at Atlanta's Four Seasons Hotel features peonies and moss for a charming tabletop display.

Mix It Up

Two different types of chairs, French café and Victorian, add to the visual interest at this rooftop garden party.

High Note

This New York rooftop was transformed into a lush outdoor room full of color and life, creating the perfect space to entertain guests or just get away from the city.

Grill Some Fish

There's nothing better than fresh fish straight off the grill. Grilling whole fish can seem daunting, but this nonstick grill basket makes it as easy as flipping a burger. Simply fill the basket with your favorite whole fish—try stuffing your fish with fresh herbs and citrus slices—close, lock and grill.

Set the Table

If you're hosting a rooftop party, a stylish outdoor place setting is easy to set up. 

Strawberry Shortcake in Mason Jars

Wow your guests with strawberry shortcake in mason jars.

Lemonade Cocktail

No party is complete without a cocktail! Your guests are sure to love this delicious lemonade cocktail.

Formal Rooftop

Achieving balance is easier in formal gardens because they are set out in a symmetrical pattern like in this urban rooftop garden. Informal designs have to be judged more by eye.

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