Written and pinned by Caroline McKean, Caroline R. McKean Designs

The leaves are just starting to pop and that beautiful bright green color is complemented by the dramatic jewel tone of amethyst orchid – also a Pantone Color of the Year for 2015.

Amethyst lends itself to several fun details like gems and rock candy. Pair in-season flowers such as lilac with amethyst crystals and send guests home with sparkling rock candy to enjoy later.

Interested in something more luxurious? Pair the deep jewel tone with metallics for a lush, decadent theme focusing on rich desserts, fancy cocktails, and lots of gold accents.

And of course there’s always the garden party option, complete with amethyst hats, seersucker suits, orchid bouteonnieres, and croquet!