I am always looking for an excuse to invite my nieces and their mamas over to spend some time in the garden, and a garden party seemed like fun to plan and enjoy. We had dainty little finger foods (THESE Cucumber Cake Towers , Leave 'em in the Oven Overnight Meringue Ribbons and Floating Island Punch)and enjoyed some fun crafts and a dip in the pool. Join me today as I share a few of the crafts with you!
(1-3 * in order of difficulty)
1. Flower Jars *
Lemon Balm or any Mint
2. Lace Crowns **
(updated floral crowns in the book! Stay tuned!)
Possibly Hot Glue/Gun
3. Table Decor and Setting ***
Various Vintage China and Fabrics (Thrift Store!)
I was excited to make little lace crowns for the babies and larger elastic lace crowns for the older girls.
Simply dip the lace in fabric stiffener, mold it onto a glass vase and wait for it to harden.
I hot glued the David Tutera paper flowers onto the older girls crowns, but the baby crowns were a lot more adorable :)
I also made some pom pom garlands and rounded up some mismatched china for the table.
To create your own garland, you will want to weed out some colors in the pastel assortment. I liked the purple, white and yellow together, but
any combination of 2 or 3 makes a pleasing color story. Before stringing, line up the poms on the floor, alternating large, medium and small poms.
I kept my pattern even and balanced, but not exact. Instead of doing a pattern of small-small-big-small-small-big,
I would do small-big-small-small-small-big-small and so on. The end result looks random, but also provides balance.
Lay out your string and poms to get an idea of how much space you want between poms and how long your string should be.
Using a large craft needle, thread the pom just to the left or right of center. The center of each pom is very difficult
to thread directly through and the edges do not provide enough material for a solid attachment.
To make things go a little quicker, thread 4-5 poms at once, then space them out along the string.
Once the garlands are hung and the table is set, is time to start thinking about food!
After lunch, the girls grabbed mason jars that I had pre-painted with pink chalk paint and stocked with mint for a flower collecting walk.
Adding a filler plant before guests begin collecting allows the arrangements to look nice and full no matter how much or little they choose to gather!
I hope you enjoyed a little peek into our party and will enjoy one of your own before the summer is up!