This year, to celebrate my daughter’s birthday, we hosted a small late summer garden party.
Perfect timing for me to fancy up my beach cruiser with balloons and flowers to leave out front to greet guests.
The girls had a grand time running around the yard and drawing pictures in the little tepee that I had outfitted with colored pencils and sketch paper.
After spending some time catching up, they settled into the task at hand…
Making their very own terrariums. Each girl found a glass container…
and a plant marker.
They filled their containers with porous rocks (great for drainage)…
and then added a layer of potting soil.
Next the girls selected interesting combinations of flowering plants,
Finally, they raided the assortment of colorful rocks and mosses clustered around “Spike,” the lovable porcupine — which they used to personalize their creations.
Voilà! Terrariums! I loved seeing all of the different finished products:
After admiring each other’s handiwork, trading figurines and doing a little hand washing, the girls enjoyed a bite to eat.
I had set up a snack for the little ladies at a long, gingham topped table…
With cross back chairs and celadon cushions,
Sweet place settings…
and gorgeous late season flowers.
I gave Greenwich Orchids a bunch of my mismatched containers…
and asked that they fill them with roses, hydrangeas and dahlias. These “Dinnerplate Dahlias” are my favorite and they looked particularly lovely in simple mason jars.
Finally, we enjoyed some birthday brownies…
and sent the girls on their way with colorful bags tied up with personalized favor tags,
and filled with whimsical goodies including a girl power journal, sparkly flamingo sunglasses…
and the perfect sentiment!
Photos: Laura Ricciardi
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