With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to gather my girlfriends to celebrate with a special lunch at my home. Plus, I’ve been dying for a reason to throw a Cactus themed party, so it was a win win.
We’ve been so lucky with a gorgeous spring here in Seattle, I was able to set everything on my back porch.
To get my deck party ready, I added coordinating pillows to my outdoor furniture. I’d been eying Minted’s cactus fabric and this was the perfect opportunity to use it! Their fabric is sold by the yard so the uses and ideas are endless. I thought sewing the fabric into pillow covers would be darling and then I’d mixed in solid green and black and white striped pillows I already had. To really bring in the cactus I had So Vintage Chic custom make an accent pillow with the definition of a cactus. I thought it was a really cool definition and brought all the pillows together. She did an amazing job!
Fireplaces, spring and cactus feel like the most unrelated things, but I added these Minted Cactus prints and potted succulents to tie them all together. I think it worked!
Since there were only four of us, no need for a full dessert spread. I made a simple naked cake topped with succulents and greenery. And no party is complete without sugar cookies. These were SO simple to make using my latest buttercream dipping technique. (Go HERE if you haven’t tried it..you’ll be amazed!)
For lunch we had taco salads with fresh guacamole, sauteed peppers, corn, ground chicken and a splash of lime. Simple to put together and so good! (Note the napkins made from Minted’s cactus fabric scraps!)
While scouring the internet for all things cactus, I found these cactus cups in a small and large size on Amazon. I ordered both immediately! Such a great price and both are really heavy duty. I’ll be sipping iced tea from them all summer.
I wanted to treat my girlfriends to a few of my favorite things as a surprise. I found these Hey Mama bags on Instagram from Hello Totes and had to have them for my ladies lunch! Plus these are amazing Mother’s Day ideas if you are still looking for that perfect gift to give (or to get..just direct your husband to this blog post!)
Spoiler Alert: Don’t miss the end of this post to see how YOU can win these goodies!!
Have you ever had a product that was so pretty you almost didn’t want to use it? Like you want to save it for a special occasion? I feel this way about Illume. Illume makes some of my favorite candles, lotions, bath salts and scents. Each product line is unique and beautifully packaged. I had to include their Cactus Verde line in my Mother’s Day gift. It smells SO good, I literally can’t pass my bathroom without spritzing a little more of the perfume on.
And if you know me, you know I live in my Yosi Samra flats. I have way too many pairs, but you can never have enough! They are hands down the most comfortable flat I’ve ever worn. They’re a MUST HAVE for us busy moms! Doesn’t this style make you think of cacti?
There is nothing more luxurious than thick, foil pressed and personalized stationary. I live for thick cardstock and add gold foil to that? THE BEST. I gave each friend a personalized set from Minted’s Desert Stripes line.
Once everyone ate, we worked our way over to my outdoor dining table where I had prepared everything we needed to make DIY Terrariums. I love having an activity when I host parties. It’s so relaxing and fun to work on something while you chat!
I ordered a huge variety of cactus and succulents from San Pedro Cactus on Etsy. Who knew you could order cactus on Etsy?! Now you know. And it’s much more affordable than purchasing at a big box home improvement store, like a fraction of the price.
I found glass terrariums at Target and ordered the rest of the supplies from Amazon. I gave everyone a quick terrarium tutorial and we got to work!
They turned out way cuter than I ever imagined. I absolutely love mine! My love for cactus and succulents just grew three times larger. These are the easiest plants to care for AND they make the cutest gifts!
Watch below to learn how to make your own terrarium!
And now the good stuff:
Enter to WIN a Mother’s Day gift bag from our cactus lunch below!
Valued at over $300!!
Photos and Video by KCB Photography