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Plant a Seed


“Plant a Seed” party

I really enjoyed working on this $100 design challengeproject – scaling back the budget meant the creativity had to get kicked up! Inthis party design meant to “go green,” I decided to use an earth-friendly“plant a seed” theme for a child’s birthday where most of the materials were foundaround the house, recycled, or reusable. And to put me on a level playing fieldwith all the moms out there that might want to try this at home, I did thisparty at grandma’s house – well away from my overflowing prop closet.  I pulled off this party for four for awhopping $58!! You could add more kids to this concept for well under $100.
The design work I did for this party was done in such a waythat anyone could do it; I used a free font from the internet and kept it totext and a piece single leaf art. All the signs, etc. could be created insomething as simple as a Word document.
Grandpa’s garden was the perfect backdrop for this party.Mid-summer (and 97 degrees!) meant for nice lush green surroundings. We set apatio table in the hosta alcove under the Japanese maple trees to create asense of intimacy. Little orange garlands hung from the trees for a pop ofcolor. The table was set with a plain white tablecloth (free), and to add alittle more interest, I made runners from brown craft paper (from the dollarstore) and finished the edges with pinking shears.
Sheets of scrapbook paper served as placemats (29 cents asheet). To give them some style, I used an exacto knife to cut leaf shapes fromthe paper and then layered a contrasting green underneath. I used plain whiteplates that were on hand – I prefer to use porcelain to paper whenever I canfor less waste, and decent plates can be had at the dollar store if you needlots that can be used again and again.
One of my favorite touches was the napkins on the placesettings. I bought plain white napkins (dollar store) and using a few greenones from an old party that were on hand, made ruffles and sewed them to thewhite napkins for instant drama. This was an extremely inexpensive way to get avery designer look.
The children loved the little terra cotta pots at eachsetting. I picked these up on sale at Micheals and handmade the paper flowersthat went in each, using corn cob skewers as the stems and Styrofoam from andelectronics purchase as the base. Silverware (“gardening tools”) sat on top ofeach pot tied with jute and a name tag.
The birthday cake made for a perfect centerpiece, andsurprisingly, there were no little finger prints in it until it was time to cutthe cake! I used a box cake and canned frosting. The decoration were leavestaped to skewers and artfully arranged. The cake stand was my mother’s.
The cups tied with twine for lemonade were set to the sidewith a new watering can ($3) as the pitcher. I used old jam jars that were inmy mother’s cupboard. The frog prince paid a visit there as well.
In the name of all things recycled, we used an old armyfield table to display the food for the kids’ party. PB&J (crustless)wrapped in parchment, skewered grapes, recipe red strawberries, paper coneswith Pirate Booty, and “dirt” pots fill of worms were served.  All the containers were either on handor picked up at the local thrift store. A tiny sewn bunting stretched acrossthe front of the table and big paper flowers in orange and leaf green set inrecycled tin cans adorned the table as décor.
For favors, I took several marigolds from dad’s garden thathad gone to seed and dried and separated them. I sewed the edges of ¼ pageprints that I made to form a seed envelope. The children took these, theirplace setting pots, and party activity home as a treat from the party.
To keep the kids occupied, we planted marigold seeds inrecycled yogurt cups. My father, a master gardener, showed the kids how toplant that particular kind of seed. Afterwards, he treated them to tractorrides around the neighborhood. (I think this was the favorite part of the day!)
The kids had a really great time, and I think the bestcompliment I received was from Gracie who said she wanted a “plant a seed” birthdaywhen hers came around!
This was so much fun, and I must thank grandma, grandpa, thekids and all the others that helped with the staging of this party. And thankyou to Ebony for inviting me to be part of your challenge!
Food
PB&J Bread  $2.00
Jelly  $-
Peanut Butter  $1.00
Strawberries  $2.00
grapes  $1.69
Pirate Booty  $2.00
Cake Mix  $2.50
Cake frosting  $1.30
Pudding  $1.00
Milk  $2.00
Gummy Worms  $2.00
Oreos  $2.50
 $19.99
Tractor gas  $0.50
Potting soil  $4.00
Décor
terra cotta pots  $5.68
pitcher  $2.19
skewers  $0.99
corn skewers  $1.00
cardstock  $3.90
napkins  $1.00
jute  $2.50
garned gloves  $1.60
shovels  $1.60
brown paper  $1.00
berry basket (thrift)  $0.50
basket for pots (thrift)  $1.00
Striped/dot paper  $0.80
craft paper  $1.00
paper shred  $1.00  $25.76
White plates  $4.00
Double stick tape  $0.75
regular tape  $1.00
thread  $2.00  $7.75
 $58.00
Items we had:
cake stand
silverware
white tablecloth
mason jars
army field table
patio set
misc. trays
parchment paper
riding lawnmower & cart
Recycled tin cans
Recycled plastic cups
Other baskets
Foam from electronics purchase
Marigold seeds from garden
Grand Total $58! 

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  1. megan

    October 10th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I love this, but more importantly, my kids love it! My favorite part is the ruffled paper napkins, How creative and easy to sew on them.

  2. Party Wagon

    October 10th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    This one is so cute, too! Love the earth tones!

  3. Anne

    October 10th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I love this so cute. And how darn cute are those kids. Wait! I know them. LOL Very nice party.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  4. Jill {peasandthankyous}

    October 11th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    I really want to have a playdate in Grandpa's garden too – it looks so dreamy under the shady trees! Your party is totally a piece of heaven for me : )

  5. Natalie {the knock-knock factory}

    October 11th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    darling theme. adore the grape skewers!

  6. Pink Peppermint Paper

    October 11th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Beyond LOVE the paper flowers in pots and the paper sprouts on the cake. Great work!

    Eleanor

  7. Tara

    October 12th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I absolutely loved that this only cost half the budget!

  8. Mayra Rivera

    October 17th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Amazingly cute, I love the colors used and the entire idea!

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