On Wednesday 8 July 2015, the European Parliamentary Association held its first Garden Party, a new event format to give the parliamentarians the possibility to greet each other before the summer break. Over 200 participants enjoyed the warm summer evening in the garden of our association with musical entertainment from the “Middle Coast Jazz Club” under the direction of Christophe Mentzer, member of the philharmonic orchestra of Strasbourg, and the tasty dishes of our catering service Chez Soi. Furthermore, two wine producers from Baden-Württemberg, the Weinkellerei Bimmerle and the Weingut Schloss Ortenberg, provided the guests with delicious beverages. Herbert Dorfmann, MEP and President of the APE, and Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament and member of the APE, welcomed the participants, pointing out the importance of the informal encounter our association offers. Altogether, the Garden Party was a true success and hopefully only the first of many more to come.