Monday, April 25, 2011

Garden Party Luncheon

As Spring comes into full swing it's time to start thinking about Mother's Day brunches, teacher's luncheons, outdoor tea parties and much more. The "idea" of spring - flowers, color popping back into nature, sunshine, butterflies and birds flying around and saying hello again - all are perfect backdrops for spring entertaining. 


If you find yourself hosting a "garden" themed luncheon, etc., a perfect centerpiece idea is to use a watering can as the container. To get the watering cans in the desired colors you want, visit your local hardware store (Lowe's), buy the metal silver ones and then spray paint them. This may sound like a longer process but it really is quicker then searching all over for them! 


Once your spray cans are ready then you collect a variety of spring colored silk flowers and greenery. Fresh flowers are always best, but if you think you may want to use your centerpieces again silk is the next best alternative. After you have your flowers the fun begins! Start arranging your flowers in the cans - be creative, not too matchy-matchy, and add alittle whimsy. Remember : there is no right or wrong way to do this!

 Another centerpiece idea for a garden inspired party is to use a faux topiary and adhere flowers, butterflies, bees, dragonflies, etc. to it. Mine happened to be square because that was what I found, but any shape will work. The butterflies, etc. I found at Hobby Lobby. 


 Other great ideas to incorporate into your garden inspired luncheon 

** Visit your local home improvement store (Lowe's), and buy a roll of green turf, cut it into rectangles and use it as your placemats. 
** Use assorted seed packets as place markers, plate decor and take home gifts.
** Use faux flowers and butterflies as napkin rings
** Scatter loose flowers around your table
** Use assorted china plates and teacups with different floral prints

The above luncheon pictures are from a teacher's luncheon that I did at my children's school. Even plastic plates, paper napkins and your elementary school library can look pretty when paired with beautiful elements of Spring!

Wishing you peace, love and a little pixie dust,

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