Monday, April 25, 2011

Seeds & Sorbet Potting Party

Flowers, herbs, seeds and sorbet. The ingredients for my weekend.

On Saturday, I hosted a little party at our place to take advantage of the gorgeous Spring Weather. I had thought about planning a little party about a month ago and was trying to think of the perfect theme to capture the upbeat nature of Spring when I came across the Ruche Spring Lookbook. I was so inspired by all the lovely Spring images, and as soon as I saw this image, I knew that I wanted to throw a party that involved potting our own plants.

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Once I had the potted plant idea, the rest came from that. Since it was going to involve soil and dirt, of course I had to have it outside, and what better way to cool off outside than to eat lots of lovely sorbet? Hence the "Seeds & Sorbet" theme.

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It was a lot of fun spending quality time with some girlfriends, sharing in desserts and getting our hands dirty. I made four different sorbets, along with two savory snacks to balance out the sweetness of the sorbets.

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Each girl got to choose a packet of flower seeds, herb seeds, pots, and mini garden tools, and then from there we set about potting our plants.

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It was such a lovely afternoon, and as usual with all my little parties, Brian was sooooo helpful with all the setup and packing away. He's such a sweet and supportive husband!

How was your weekend?

51 comments:

Regina said...

All around very cute! I sometimes wish I lived in Houston so I could sometimes get invited to your gatherings. Then I remember the humidity and I'm more grateful I don't live there. ;) haha. But it's a lovely idea and you made everything look so beautiful!

Regina

Gloria said...

curse my black thumb! those seed packets are so charming!

Amanda said...

Please tell me I can be invited to the next one...if only I lived closer! I love the idea of planting my own herb garden once spring gets closer (it snowed last week) and would have a blast planting with my girlfriends!!

Those seed packets are so darling! I would save the packet and then frame them :)

amy b.s. said...

this is such a cute idea! if spring ever gets here I may have to steal it! it's just too perfect!

Merylu said...

This is a great idea! And how wonderful party! I love each detail :)))

Mekkan said...

Now I'm happy to read about this party more in detail here. Thank you for sharing this. It's great to know you've picked up my favorite pictures.:D

jessicajane said...

LOVE the designs for the invites and seed packets, looks like such a lovely party.

penny and jazz said...

What a great idea. I would love to visit such a good organized and with that much lovely detail prepared party.

Nicole Egerer said...

Very cute party idea! For your grown up girlfriends and even for a fun kid party. Love the pictures and inspiration!

I had an amazing Easter weekend and on top of that, Seattle had their first real spring day so it made it that much better with the sun shining!

Kind Regards,
Nicole

Sey said...

as always you came up with a nice theme for bonding time with your friends. They're lucky to be invited in one simple but gorgeous setting.

Christina- floresdelsol said...

such a great party idea!! i love it. Im sure it was a blast.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

"Seeds and Sorbet" is a darling theme. Love your creativity. It always breeds creativity in me.

How lovely to spend a day outside with your friends.

Fondly,
Glenda

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

such a cute idea!! i love the invitations and menu. great pictures, as always!

Dancing Branflake said...

How lovely! These photos are so incredible. You sure know how to create a memorable event.

Kelly J. R. said...

I did all of my seed starting by myself with a bowl of chocolate - I like your idea WAY better. LOL.

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

omg amazing idea, darling! love your photos. xo

Hindsight Bride said...

I love how you curated the pictures, so cute, and of course, great ideas!

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

Your party looks like so much fun! I love that there were sorbets involved too. That makes it feel even more like summer in my book. Beautifully done!

Lily from Birch + Bird said...

What a perfect Spring party idea! You're so lucky to live in a climate that works to be outside this time of year...ours is pretty wet right now on the West Coast! So charming and I might have to borrow this party plan for one of my daughters' birthdays next year :)

the southern hostess said...

You amaze me! What a beautiful party. Those sorbets look delicious!

Shea said...

What a fun, beautiful idea! I love parties that involve creating things with friends!

Looking Glass said...

How wonderful your little potting party looks! So pretty :-)

~ Clare x

Tender Branson said...

I always shied away from eating sorbet while working with seeds. Scared that I might accidentally mix the two.

Dash said...

Lovely party!:) Nothing like sitting out, enjoying the weather in the garden with delicious sorbets!

And your little seed packets are precious!

Colores said...

This is superb!!!! I will file this post as I would like to host a party like that soon!! amazing!!!

Antje said...

Dear Dionne,
wonderful! All of it - the idea itself, the set up and the seed packages you made. And after all - these amazing and beautiful pictures you took from the whole event.
It seems almost funny to read that you were inspired from other peoples pictures, ;-)
Best, Antje

Sandy a la Mode said...

wow~! what a super fabulous party!! love this idea!

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

what a great idea!! i love it :) the photos are pretty amazing too :)

Eleanor Rae said...

This looks like so much fun! What a lovely idea this is for a spring/summer garden party. I love the seed packets you made too, so pretty! xxx

Sarah said...

I love this! What a great idea! I really like your blog and I can't wait to read more. On a side note I just found this image on pinterest that totally makes me think of this garden party...

http://pinterest.com/pin/16572884/

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

Kristin said...

an AMAZING idea! it all looks so lovely! You should sell little "sets" in your etsy shop... a little terra cotta pot, a few seed packs (which are so lovely, by the way). I'm sure people would snatch them up. I sure would!

Sarah said...

Oh my gosh I like what you did better! Those turned out so great! Thanks for sharing the pics =)

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

Sienna said...

what a great idea! i lvoe sorbet, and that's perfect for spring!

denise* paper angels said...

this is the prettiest party! looks so homegrown and cheerful, i love it. awesome photographs too! xx

Vanessa said...

Oh, this is killing me! I so wish I had a garden... Or even just a balcony...

Jessica Di Giacomo said...

wowwwwwwwwwww what a great idea!!!love this weekend and the objecys that you choose .. love the "runner" and the flowers!!!
Love, love, love all!!!

Barbara said...

Oh Dionne, that is such adorable (and delicious) idea! I'm going to steal it. (I know you won't mind! :) ) I wish I lived near you!

Jess said...

What a neat idea! I can't believe you designed those seed packets! You should totally have a gardening business!

Kelly said...

Such a sweet idea - and delicious! Wonderful inspiring post :)

Carissa said...

such a lovely party! and I love your invitations and menu and seed packets! the theme is just all around adorable. and really, who could say no to a party that has sorbet? :)

orchid said...

How sweet and talented you are and marvelous!!!
I wish I were inspirational person like you♡♡♡
I am stopping by your post frequently and always admire you.
Hugs from Japan!!!

cailen ascher said...

what a cute theme for a party! we're having my friend's wedding shower next month and some of these ideas are just perfect!!

Sarah said...

Oh how fantastic, what a great idea! The seed packets and invitations you made are absolutely lovely. I'm also super jealous of your nice weather, it's still in the 40s in the midwest!

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

This is so very lovely! I just adore the invitations and menu that you came up with. I can't wait until it is warm enough here to do some more living outdoors.

Rhônya Holman said...

This is such a great idea! Also your blog is beautiful, inspiring, and full of creative contents! Keep up the great work, and positives vibes.

By the way thank you for stopping by ... appreciate it your visit to my site...

Sunshine & smiles to you always! =(^.^)=

Alexandra Joy said...

Creative and thoughtful! I love this idea and it's inspired me to get planning some summer parties. Thanks for sharing.

Dawanna Young said...

Beautiful~
What a lovely day!

Labour of Love said...

what a charming + sweet soiree! perfect to welcome spring + celebrate Easter...absolutely the sweetest! xoxo

theeclecticlife said...

Dear Dionne,

Your parties are the best! I absolutely LOVE the invitations you designed and the beautiful table arrangements. Your husband is seriously awesome for helping out so much. I know you do a blogger get together in LA, but do you also have one for Houston or Dallas by chance? I'm in Dallas, but I'd be more than willing to drive!

Nuha said...

oh my goodness, you are incredible! I wish I had enough graphic design talent to create my own seed packets/ cards! I am swooning over the embroidery too!

Daisy said...

Very cute! You're so creative :)