Throw a great garden birthday party with our Garden Party Ideas! Our planning guide uses a garden party theme for creative garden invitations, decorating ideas, indoor and outdoor garden games, plus easy garden crafts to keep the party moving. We have the planning ideas and garden party supplies to make your party a blooming success!
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What Do I Need For the Party?
In addition to basic Garden party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins, and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your Garden party:
- Tutus, floral hats, white gloves and other dress up accessories
- Real or silk flowers
- Tea party play sets
- Butterfly nets or plastic bug collectors
- A garden themed pinata
- A classical music CD
Creative invitations build excitement and can increase attendance at your child’s garden birthday party. If you have time to make your own invitations, be sure to involve your child in choosing the design and filling in the details. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Create a flower-shaped invitation from card stock so the petals fold down into a circle. When the petals are opened, it should resemble a blooming flower. Add the party details in the center, so they are revealed when the petals are opened.
- Use a standard card-style invitation, and tie it with floral ribbon to a small terra cotta pot with a packet of flower seeds tucked inside. You will need to hand deliver these invitations.
- Attach your garden invitation to a bug viewer. with a cute poem such as:
Come flutter to our garden to celebrate the growth,
Of flowers, plants and a little girl who we love the most.
Leah’s birthday is upon us, we hope that you can come,
So join us in the garden for party games and fun!
- For a special touch, let us print personalized invitations for you! We’ll include your child’s name and all the party details with a background design that complements your garden party theme.
Look around your house for items you already own such as watering cans and flower pots that can be used as decorations. Then choose from our list of garden party decorating ideas to create an outdoor atmosphere for your party.
- Cover your tables with colored tablecloths, and use small terra cotta plant pots lined with napkins to hold the cutlery.
- Hang colored streamers from tree branches in the yard. They will float in the breeze and add to the party atmosphere.
- Form a canopy over the party table using green and yellow streamers. The streamers should cascade from a bow in the middle (attached to the chandelier or the ceiling) out to the sides of the room.
- For table decorations, line miniature clay flowerpots with green plastic wrap and fill with small candies such as Skittles or M&M’s; then place a round lollipop standing up in the center of each pot to resemble a flower.
- Fill the party area with huge tissue paper flowers. See our easy Tissue paper flower kit, or purchase your own supplies and use our instructions for making tissue flowers. Arrange groups of flowers on tables, floors, hanging from the ceiling, or tied to chairs.
- Use tin pails or watering cans to hold flower arrangements.
- Select several round rocks from your garden, or purchase stones from a craft store. Before the party, spray paint the rocks bright red, and allow them to dry. As your guests begin to arrive, give each a rock and a black permanent marker. Have the children add black spots and faces to make ladybug decorations for the table. Write your guests’ initials on the bottom of their ladybugs so that they can find their critters to take home at the end of the party.
- Ask an older child or adult to make balloon animals for the children. Use our easy Balloon Animals Kit that includes an instruction book, balloons, and balloon inflator. There’s no need to master the entire book! One or two basic shapes will delight young children.
- Make a banner that says “Welcome to [child’s name]’s Garden Party!” and hang it near the party entrance. See our selection of banners and let us do the work for you!
It’s easy to create snacks for your garden birthday party, and clever food will add to the fun of the party. Here are some of our favorite food ideas:
- Start the festivities with a sugar cookie decorating activity. Use various cookie cutters to bake sugar cookies shaped like flowers, butterflies, bunnies, frogs, and birds. Set out small cups of colorful icing, sprinkles, candies, and other edible decorations and let the children decorate their own cookies as an icebreaker activity.
- Serve the party food in wicker baskets and clean terra cotta pots.
- Prepare jam sandwiches and cut with a flower cookie cutter.
- Turn your vegetable platter into a vegetable patch by arranging the cut vegetables in little rows. Add a small metal pail of dip in the corner.
- Flies on a Log: Fill celery stick logs with peanut butter or cream cheese, and add raisins on top as the flies.
- Serve Dirt Cups.
- Create a lollipop flower garden using sheets of colored foam from the craft store and wrapped lollipops. Cut flower shapes out of the foam and poke a hole through the middle. Slide the foam flower onto the lollipop stick to create a flower, and add a green leaf, if desired. Push all the lollipops into the ground and label the area (your child’s name)’s Flower Patch. Let the children pick and eat the flowers.
Garden Cake Idea
- To make a really cute flower cake for your garden birthday party, start by baking a standard 8-inch round cake for the center.
- For the petals, you can bake a sheet cake and cut petal shapes, or use Hostess Twinkies for a quick solution.
- Ice the flower’s center in yellow and the petals in pink.
- Place the cake on either a large cookie sheet or a piece of cardboard covered in tin foil.
- Use green icing to draw the stem and leaves onto the cookie sheet or cardboard.
Party Favor Ideas
Stack the favor bags in a clean wheelbarrow or child’s wagon, and place it near the exit to the party. You can include garden party favors such as:
- Bug viewers
- A packet of flower seeds
Also check out our complete favor sets and personalized products such as zipper pulls, placemats, and stickers.
Party Planning Toolbox
Use the links below to quickly find related theme party supplies, planning tips, printable checklists, and advice from our party planning experts.
- Garden Party Supplies: Includes paperware, invitations, personalized items, favors, and decorations for your party theme.
- Garden Personalized Items: Check out our exclusive personalized items including invitations, bookmarks, stickers, and more!
- Birthday Party Decorating Ideas: This guide will tell you how to decorate for your party theme, what to do with balloons and streamers, how to decorate with food, how to set the table, and how to make your own party decorations.
- Parties Under $100: Use this guide to celebrate in style without breaking the bank!
- Party Budget Estimator: Download this guide to help budget your expenses.
- More Birthday Theme Ideas: Browse our list of over 130 themed party guides to find tips for your child’s next birthday! Each guide includes ideas for invitations, decorations, food, favors, games and more.
Games and Activities
Get your little ladybugs hopping from leaf to leaf in this variation of Musical Chairs.
Help your partygoers create faux gardens that will always be in bloom.
Your guests will love making butterflies with this fun origami activity.
Guests will make beautiful “stained glass” pictures full of vibrant colors with this creative craft.
Turn an empty toilet paper tube into a clever bird feeder!
Send your little sprouts out to round up plastic bugs hidden in the grass.
See which team can “hold on” long enough to make it to the finish line.
Create caterpillar magnets with this fun and cute craft.
This scavenger hunt is a simple and fun way to entertain a large group of children during an outside party.
A great outdoor game that can be competitive, or just for fun!
Guests will plant their own real gardens to take home.
Your guests will love decorating our printable Garden coloring page.
Guests toss plastic insects into a set of flowerpots in this fun game.
Watch the children run to fill up a watering can in this fun relay race!