Many, many years ago (over 8 to be exact) I kept seeing beautiful garden parties while browsing Pinterest and I became obsessed with the idea, but as a second birthday party for my little one. My daughter loved bunnies at the time so I combined her interests with my ideas to bring a garden themed birthday party to life. 

A floral decorated carrot cake was the centerpiece of the food table.

I may have gone a bit overboard with the themed food table ideas! The table consisted of garden-style sandwiches, carrots and celery in tiny terracotta pots filled with hummus, deviled eggs, cucumber cream cheese slices, mini baked mac & cheese bites, cheetos (the birthday girl’s request!), carrot shaped snack bags in a larger terracotta pot, white chocolate covered strawberries, worms in dirt cups with fun wooden spoons, bright colored cupcakes and a floral decorated carrot cake topped with a bunny. The drink display had bottled drinks in shades of pink and orange with pink punch containing pink reusable ice cubes. Even though there was so much food prep beforehand I loved how the food was displayed for the party.

Food table including worms in dirt and carrots with hummus.
Drink display  //  Bunny & Hedgehog with plant pot veggies  //  Floral birthday cake
Carrot favors, deviled eggs & sweets  //  Cucumber slices and mac & cheese bites
Complete garden themed food table display.
Tissue paper floral backdrop with paper accordion fans.

On the wall above the food table Katie and I made a variety of sized tissue paper flowers for days leading up to the party! We added floral paper accordion fans as fillers to the different shades of pink tissue paper flowers to create a fun wall backdrop. The flowers started at the corner of the wall near the ceiling and ended in a swoop closer to the top of the table to give more interest than a simple straight line.

Tissue paper fans, handmade fabric garland and balloons decorated the window.
Pale yellow playhouse with tree wall decal.
Playhouse  //  Doorway to playhouse  //  Magnet board and curtains

As part of the birthday girl’s gift I made an indoor playhouse with cute curtains. There was enough space for her to stand up inside and play with a magnet board. I used a cardboard refrigerator box as the base of the playhouse. Once I had the base secured I spray painted the inside white and the “siding” in pale yellow. I used thick brown cardstock to make the scalloped “shingled” roof. A round pizza pan from The Dollar Tree was used as the magnetic board with Ikea baskets to hold the magnets. Fat quarters (quarter-yard cuts of fabric) were used to create curtains to complete the homey look. Once I found a home for the playhouse I added a tree decal from Target to the wall as an added personal touch. The smile on my daughter’s face when she first saw her house made all of the late nights, glue gun burns and time spent creating this worth it!

Gathering favor items  //  Felt hair clips  //  Favor baskets with balloons
Birthday favor baskets given out to each child.

The floral bunny theme continued all the way through to the end with the birthday favors. Each child got to take home a green basket filled with their own little bunny stuffed animal, flower hair clip, customized drink tumbler and coloring supplies.

Happy Party Planning, Friends!

– Maghan