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Introduction and Party Invitations

What do you get when you combine children, dirt, and planting? A kid-friendly party with plenty of flower power! Kids love getting their hands dirty, so a planting party is the perfect way to celebrate spring and mark your little one's birthday. The best part: the enjoyment and learning continue after the party is over, as the kids watch their seeds sprout into beautiful blooms.

Set the tone for your flowery fête by sending out Floral-Themed Invitations. You can buy pre-made invitations with flower designs or make your own with white poster board and markers. Cut the poster board into the shape of butterflies, flowers, or ladybugs. Use pipe cleaners to make stems for flowers or antennae for butterflies or ladybugs. Don't forget to tell your guests to come dressed in clothes that can get dirty!

To add more flower power to your invitations, attach them to a packet of seeds. Ask your guests to bring the seeds to the party for the spring planting.

Decorations

To prepare for your spring planting party, stock up on these must-haves:

  • Potting soil
  • Seeds, bulbs, or flowers
  • Small flowerpots
  • Shovels
  • Gardening gloves

Ideally, the weather will be nice and you can set up shop at a picnic table outside. If rain moves the party indoors, newspapers or brown butcher paper (the kind that comes on a big roll) on a large table will work just as well.

Fill yellow helium balloons to represent sunshine, while tying green, pink, white, purple, and blue balloons to the backs of chairs to represent flowers and grass.

Continue your spring planting theme by setting out or hanging paper flowers. Use fishing line to hang the flowers so looks it looks like they're floating. You and your child can cut out and color the paper flowers in the days leading up to the party.

Set the table where your guests will eat with floral-themed paper plates, cups, and napkins. Another easy decorating move: sprinkle real or faux flower petals on the dining table or rip green tissue paper into shreds and spread it on the table to resemble grass.

Finally, use new and thoroughly cleaned plastic watering cans to serve drinks. Fill each watering can with a kid-pleasing beverage such as lemonade or fruit punch. Kids will get a kick out of seeing you pouring their drinks from the watering cans!