This post was sponsored by JOANN. All opinions are my own.
It’s the time of year where you see succulents everywhere! Every spring I fill my home with fun succulents because they’re hard to kill and fill the gap between winter and spring/summer blooms.
My friend Melaine and I hosted a Succulent Garden Party for a few of our girlfriends recently. It’s always more fun to get creative together, so we planned a simple lunch and succulent garden making activity.
This party is easy to replicate for your own group of friends, for a baby shower, birthday, grad party or even a bridal shower!
Our guests were greeted with a welcome sign made from fabric scraps simply framed with a message over the top, set in a tray of succulents.
My favorite place to get succulents is The Succulent Source. I have used them several times over the years and they have always been fantastic to work with. They are a small family owned business in Southern California who ship the most gorgeous succulents at amazing prices.
When I host, I try to keep the food really simple. It cuts down on the prep and allows more time for other details. I never feel like people eat very much at parties anyway, so small options are always great. Plus it leaves more room for dessert!
For our lunch, we served caprese sandwiches, fresh strawberries and simple salads. This galvanized tray from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores was perfect for serving the fruit and sandwiches.
It’s fun to pair your event with a coordinating cocktail or pretty drink. We served sangria garnished with lots of colorful fruits.
As friends arrived we offered them a drink and caught up a little over lunch. We were all excited to get to our craft!
After the delicious lunch and lots of laughs, we got our hands dirty with our succulent gardens.
We created our succulent gardens into the shape of a heart using Wilton’s Heart Cake Pan. It made the cutest base for our garden and something we can use later down the road when we re-plant the succulents in a larger container.
DIY Heart Succulent Garden
I love the packages of fabric pieces at JoAnn stores. I have used them so many ways over the years. For this party, I grabbed a package and placed one in each cake pan for the girls to use as napkins while creating their garden.
I found a second galvanized tiered tray at JoAnn that held our succulent supplies. When you’re picking up things for hosting, try to find things you will re-use for other parties or around your home as decor.
- Fill pan with about 1″ of dirt.
2. Arrange succulents in pan before planting to ensure placement you are happy with.
3. Plant succulents!
4. Add decorative moss and rocks as desired.
5. Lightly spritz garden with water once a week.
It was so fun to see how each succulent garden turned out. No two alike!
You don’t have to host a party to make a succulent garden, you can definitely create these on your own or even as a fun activity with your kids. With the end of the school year approaching, these would make really sweet teacher gifts.
After getting our creative fix for the day, we enjoyed dessert. In keeping with the succulent theme, I made a sheer naked chocolate cake topped with fresh succulents (from The Succulent Source) and a tray of succulent sugar cookies.
It was such a relaxing afternoon. I always feel recharged after spending time with friends doing something creative!
Photos by Kelly Clare Photography
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