Gorgeous Garden Party
Whether held outside in the spring and summer, or indoors to banish winter blues, this flower-themed birthday will be a blooming success. Guests can plant the seeds for their own garden, and deck out containers to fill with fabulous blooms. It's a cool way to send guests home with their own homemade party favor! Fun party recipes include: roasted red pepper dip, worms and dirt, and fruit punch.
Give a home-grown vibe to your favorite homemade or store-bought cake. Simply cut leaf shapes out of green card stock, glue them to long skewers, and stick them into your cake.
Send guests home with flower or herb seeds to plant in their own garden. We stitched together sheets of paper to craft our envelopes, but you can use small envelopes or pouches to hold your seeds.
Plant a Seed
Provide planting pots and a selection of seeds, and let kids pick their favorites to add to the garden. To be eco-friendly, you can use recycled yogurt cups -- they're the perfect size for planters.
Worms and Dirt
Fill new mini pots with chocolate pudding, and top it off with a layer of crushed Oreos and some gummy worms for a wild (and delicious!) dessert. Cute paper signs look like garden markers.
A Fresh Menu
Skip the standard pizza party fare, and go for fresh eats. Paper cones hold handfuls of popcorn, long skewers make grapes more delightful, and PB&J comes wrapped in parchment that can double as the plate. A festive garland can be made by stringing triangular scraps of bright paper together.
How does your garden grow? These pretty (and permanent) blooms are made using wooden skewers and scrapbooking paper. Recycled tin cans, wrapped with brown paper and twine, make the perfect container for this arrangement.
Use your sewing machine to stitch together small triangles of thick paper and craft a festive garland.
Line three mini flower pots with plastic wrap. Fill two of the pots with vegetables, such as baby carrots, wax beans, and pepper strips. Fill remaining pot with roasted red pepper dip. To make it, slice 3 red bell peppers into 1" strips, and toss with 2 Tbs. olive oil on a cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 300?F oven for 45 minutes; cool for 15 minutes. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, combine roasted peppers, 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise, 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream, 2 Tbs. chopped fresh dill, 1 minced garlic clove, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Refrigerate until party time.
Measure a length of florist wire long enough to circle a child's head plus about two inches. Break off the stems of small flowers and thread the wire through the base of the flower tops, making sure blooms face in the same direction. When the wire is almost filled, twist the ends together to form a circle.
Let guests decorate a small vase, plain or glazed terra-cotta pot, or wood planter that they'll fill with flowers. (Containers used for flower arranging should not have drainage holes.) Set out washable paint pens and glitter glue sticks, along with stencils in shapes like bugs and butterflies. After the pots dry, kids can grab their favorite blossoms, trim the stems with an adult's help, and arrange a tight bouquet.
Flower Fruit Punch
In a large pitcher, combine 3 cups cranberry juice, 3 cups lemonade, 1 cup sliced strawberries, 1 cup raspberries, and 8 sprigs fresh mint. Chill until ready to serve. Garnish with 8 to 10 edible fresh flowers, such as pansies or nasturtiums.
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