I cut out large petals and glued them to card stock I cut into circles. Then l glued a close-up photo of my daughter in the center of the petals. I made a flower head garland for my daughter to wear with floral wire and silk flowers that she wore for the photo and at the party. I attached a pipe cleaner to the back and rolled the invitation around the pipe cleaner and tied pink ribbon around the invitation. I wrote this short message on the invitation. “Our daughter is blossoming into a beautiful young lady at the age of 6 and I’d like you to celebrate with us at her Birthday Garden Party.
We were lucky to have a beautiful day to be able to host the party in the garden. I decorated inside a little as a back-up plan. My garden has a lot of bushes, plants and flowers in it already, so I didn’t have to decorate that much. The only big expense was a garden trellis. It’s something I wanted to get for the garden for awhile and thought this party was a great excuse to finally purchase it. I decorated it with flower garlands that I made myself with silk flowers.
I took a piece of poster board for a welcome sign, glued paper flower all around the frame and in the center, wrote Welcome to Angie’s Garden Party.
I placed flower petals on a pink tablecloth. I filled jars with fresh flowers and others with paper flowers that my daughters and I created. I tied pink, lavender and yellow balloons tied to the jars and I also tied balloons to the chairs. We have very high fences on each side of our yard and I made a few long flower garlands that reached from one fence to the other.
We played dancing Statues. I sprinkled paper flowers around. I played music and the girls danced along to it. When the music stopped, I called out a color and they would have to look for a flower of the color that I called out and pick it up and danced while holding their flowers. In the end, they had beautiful bouquets of flowers that they could take home with them. I tied them with fancy ribbon and placed them in bud vases that I bought for them.
I created a fun game that I named Flying ladybugs. I had them all sit in a circle and gave them a bed sheet to hold. Then I gave them wind-up ladybugs to throw on the sheet. I explained to them that they had to wave the sheet up and down to make the ladybugs fly in the air while the person who’s turn it was had to run around and try to catch a ladybug. While they waved the sheet, some of the ladybugs would fly out and off onto the ground, and we just laughed and put them back on the sheet. Once someone caught a ladybug, she would sit and join the group to wave the sheet and the person who the ladybug was closest to when it was caught would try and catch a ladybug.
Pin the Tail on the Bunny. I drew a very cute bunny silhouette on a large sheet of pink paper and placed double sided tape to pink pom pons that the kids had to stick on the bunny.
Since Mother’s Day was almost here, I thought it would be nice if I could have the girls make a craft that they could make for their moms and the moms who stayed appreciated making these with their daughters. I gave out small flowerpots that the girls painted pictures on and then planted their seeds in them. They were able to choose among a few options of flower seeds.
Food: roasted chicken and potatoes, veggies like broccoli and baby carrots with a cheese dip, crackers with cheese and sliced tomatoes, fruit salad that had melon, blueberries and strawberries with strawberry yogurt on the side.
I decorated the cake by piping on green frosting that looked like grass and made flowers out of pink fondant and flower-shaped cookie cutters.
Favors: The ladybugs from the game, the vases with paper flowers and their Mother’s Day gift. I also added a few lollipop flowers and chocolates.