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4 Amazing Ways To Brighten Up A Boring Patio

4 Amazing Ways To Brighten Up A Boring Patio

 

Putting a patio in your garden is a great way to get more use out of your yard. It splits the area into different zones and can sometimes give the impression that you have more space. It gives you a great area where you can put furniture out so you can relax in the sun or even eat meals outside.

But sometimes, it might seem like a bit of a shame to get rid of all of your nice plants and replace them with a patio instead because they can be a bit boring. However, they don’t have to be if you don’t want! Most people just put the patio down and stick a table and chairs out there and leave it at that, but there are so many more interesting things that you can do with a patio area. These are just some of the amazing ways that you can brighten up your dull patio area today.

Patio Plants

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It’s the lack of greenery that really puts people off patio areas so that’s the first thing you want to remedy. A few smartly placed plants soften all of the hard lines and add a burst of color to an otherwise boring area of the garden. There are all sorts of different ways that you can add plants too.

Container plants are the most obvious one so put some around the corners and even on your tabletop. You can also get wooden beds and put them around the edges of the patio. The main benefit of using container plants is that you can bring them indoors during the winter if they won’t survive the cold.

As well as container plants, you should consider growing vertically. If the patio backs straight onto the house, hang baskets on the walls. There are some great plants that will grow out of the basket and hang down the walls so that your brick is now covered in beautiful greenery. You can also put up a trellis around the edges of the patio and grow some plants from that as well. Instead of a plain patio, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of a secret garden surrounded by plant life.

If you’re trying to grow vegetables in the garden and that patio feels like it’s just wasted space which could be put to better use, I’ve got great news for you. There are plenty of edible plants that you can grow in pots out on your patio so you can get the best of both worlds, a nice deck that is packed with plants that are part of your vegetable garden and some gorgeous greenery too.

Most herbs work well out there too, particularly mint and basil, but there are plenty of other options. Spinach, although usually grown in the ground, can be grown in pots or wooden planters just as easily.

You can also grow a small tomato plant in a pot. Cherry tomatoes are the best variety to grow in containers, anything larger like beef tomatoes won’t work as well. Just remember that tomatoes need to be kept very warm so put them in the sunniest spot on your patio-a south facing position is best. If you live in a particularly cold climate, you might struggle to grow tomatoes outside of a greenhouse.

Heating

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It also might feel like a dead space because you can only get use out of it when the weather is warm. But you can use it all year round if you put some heaters out there as well. Outdoor heaters are pretty powerful so you should only need one or two tucked away in the corner to keep you warm. There are some great tabletop ones available as well.

 If you want a more natural look, you could put a brazier or fire pit out in the garden instead. It’ll give you the heat that you need and it’s incredibly relaxing and cozy to sit around the fire in the evening.

 You should also think about cooling the patio area a bit in the summer because, if you live in a particularly hot climate, it can get a bit too warm when the sun is blazing. Putting a cover over the patio to get some shade is a good idea (this is ideal for the winter when it’s raining as well). Get some large outdoor ceiling fans out there as well to keep you cool. You can still sit outside and enjoy the sun but it’ll feel like you’re sitting in a nicely air conditioned building.

Lighting

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If you’ve got a nice heated patio, you can then start using it in the evenings, which means that you’ll need lighting. This is also a great opportunity to make it look a lot nicer. If you put some nice fairy lights around the edges or maybe on that trellis you put up, you can create a lovely fairy tale atmosphere on your patio.

You can also get some nice hanging light bulbs around the cover on top of the patio to light the area as well. This is particularly important if you’re planning an evening garden party because you want your guests to be able to see each other, right?

Give It A Clean

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Sometimes, the solution to a dull patio is a lot simpler. After you’ve had it for a few years, it’s going to start growing all sorts of moss and things on there and the dirt will build up. It happens gradually and a lot of people don’t realize just how dirty their patio is. But if you give it a proper clean, you’ll be shocked just how much difference it will make. Move all of the furniture out of the way and get yourself a power washer to blast all of that dirt off!

If you’re fed up with your patio and you’re thinking about getting rid of it, try some of these simple ideas to brighten it up first. You might find that it makes all of the difference and you fall in love with your patio again.

8 Garden Party Ideas For Every Season

8 Garden Party Ideas For Every Season

Garden party ideas for every season

Garden parties. Now THAT is the way to go! Who doesn’t love the idea of sharing their lovingly created oasis with others. If only so they can admire your hard work, right?!? Regardless of the season, you really can host a soiree in your garden.

Here in North Florida, I can throw a party any time of the year. Before you turn your nose up at what seems like my perfect location, we did get down to 28F this past winter (which is really cold for this Phoenix-born girl!) AND the mosquitoes are out in full force by April and don’t leave until the beginning of October!.

However, with some creativity, I can still host a party almost any time of the year – as can you! Below, I offer you 8 different themed garden party ideas for you to get inspired to host your own party.

Being the child of parents who embraced the 70’s, my parents LOVED having parties! In fact, we would have block parties at my house. And not just one every six months. ALLTHETIME! We even had toga parties. Seriously.

My mom’s philosophy was always to turn it into a potluck and BYOB which made it easier for her and more able to turn on a party at a moment’s notice. She would coordinate though. Normally, she would cook the meat and make her much loved seven layer salad (recipe coming verrry soon!). She then assigned the rest of the dishes to friends and family. For example, appetizers went to my aunt because she made a shrimp dip that was incredibly popular. Our next door neighbor always brought some kind of side dish, etc.

There are plenty of ideas for garden parties for adults and kids below.

Spring Garden Party Ideas

Starting with Spring is a must because that is the season when we begin working feverishly in our gardens again. Of course, you would want to celebrate all the new life springing up with friends and family! And maybe show off your hard work too, right?

As I’ve aged, I have really gotten into the idea of creating themes around my events. I think it makes it easier to focus on how you want to prepare for and coordinate the party. This could be something as simple as hosting a taco night to something more elaborate such as a Kentucky Derby party where the ladies are encouraged to wear their favorite “Southern Belle” hats.

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Some other ideas for spring themed garden parties:

English tea party

This party would have fun foods such as finger sandwiches, teacakes, scones and maybe even biscuits (to put your jam on!). Naturally, the drink of choice is tea. Iced and hot. The more varieties, the better. You could make a couple different iced teas such as a berry and a green-mint. If you want to add a little fun to the mix, make a spiked sweet tea or offer mimosas.

Of course, the tables will be set up in your garden with all your favorite vintage tea cups and (this is very important) a tiered cake stand and fresh flowers e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.

English Garden Party Food Ideas

Tea/Finger sandwich ideas: egg salad, chicken salad, cucumber, ham or watercress (for your veggie friends)

Your scones can be both sweet and savory. Cheddar scones are a great idea for the savory crowd where cinnamon or raspberry scones are great options for your friends with a sweet tooth. Be sure to have some clotted cream or lemon curd available for topping. In fact, the clotted cream will replace your butter. No proud English household would be without their clotted cream!  


 Cuban Garden Party

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Havana Cuba. Take note of all the vibrant colors.

 

I lived in Miami for a couple years. It is impossible to miss the Latin influence down there. In fact, 70 percent of the population is of Latin descent with 54 percent being Cuban.

What I can tell you is I fell in LOVE with the food. Me and my vegetarian self ate black beans and rice like the planet was going to end anytime soon. Regardless where you live, you should not have any problem getting everything you need to make this party a success.

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Cuban Food Menu Ideas: Cuban black beans, coconut rice, fried sweet plantains, mojo chicken (for the flesh eaters in the group), Cubano sandwiches and MOJITOS! Oh, mojito, how I love thee! Let me count the ways. Oh, must not forget mangos. In fact, I cut up my mango and put it directly on my black beans and rice. MMMMazing! Churros or flan for dessert.

I do make my Cuban black beans from scratch (thank you Instant Pot for making my time in the kitchen SO much shorter!) but you don’t have to do that. What I do recommend is you gather as much fresh cilantro as you can because you will need it!

Cubans love to be outside (Who can blame them given their tropic environment!). The men traditionally play dominoes for hours. So, set up a couple dominoes tables, find your favorite Cuban musician (may I recommend Ruben Gonzalez, the Cuban pianist?) and crank that music up! Bright pastel colors are the order of the day. 


Summer Garden Parties

Oh Summer. I have a love/hate relationship with you. I love your warmth (but not too warm). I love that I can now swim in the ocean. I love that I can wear shorts again – but I hate the marauding insects you bring! AND, how you make my steering wheel SO hot I need a towel to drive with. <Sigh> I know. Let’s fight back by having an amazing summer garden party!

Beach Party

Of course, no summer is complete without a beach party (even if you have to bring the beach to you!). Since the last thing we actually want to do is slave over a scorching stove on a hot summer day, I totally recommend cold foods, cold drinks and grilling out.

Think beach blankets, beach chairs, biodegradable plates and refreshing beverages. You could have everyone bring their favorite beach blanket to hang on. Set up a water slide in the back of the yard for the kiddies. Put up two drink stations. One for the kids with lemonade and tea and the second for the adults with summer mixes such as mojito or mint julep ingredients.

Beach Party Food Ideas: Grilled shrimp, grilled corn, tropical coleslaw,  fresh fruit, hummus and pita wedges, deviled eggs, veggie burgers. Finger foods are the easiest thing to eat when you’re sitting on a blanket or mingling with friends. Try to avoid foods that require a fork.


Garden to Table Dinner Party

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This one’s for you veggie gardeners! Let’s show off our hard grown creations! For example, I grow a LOT of lettuce. Swiss chard, cabbage, endive, kale, looseleaf, etc. This is because Kevin and I eat a huge salad almost every day for lunch. Since we don’t eat meat, it takes a LOT of lettuce (around 6-7 cups per bowl) to fill me up.

Summer garden party food ideas: For me, I might make a salad bar where I can show off all my fun and gorgeous lettuce varieties. My friend Jen has an organic hobby farm and she grows tomatoes, cucumbers and leeks among other veggies. We could add all that to my salad bar. I am currently growing purple potatoes. What fun dish can we make with those?

This might be a great time to partner with a couple of your other gardener friends and coordinate a meal between all of you.

Drink ideas: Make sangria and serve a locally brewed beer.

For decor, I am picturing casual tables and chairs (picnic tables if you have them), strings of outdoor globe lights, wildflowers in mason jars or second hand store vases (do NOT need to match), burlap table runners. Natural and simple (my life motto btw!). Light and cheery instrumental background music. Are you seeing it? I am!


Fall Garden Parties

I looove fall! October 1 is theexactdate the mosquitoes disappear. (No really. I mean it!) The weather is cooler but not too cold yet and the holiday season is right around the corner! So much to look forward to! This is another time of year when we want to be outside enjoying the perfect weather.

Mexican Fiesta

This Arizona native loves her Mexican food too! And I have attended and hosted my fair share of Mexican food parties. Think spicy foods and incredibly bright colors and you’re all set. See how easy that was?!?

Mexican Fiesta Garden Party Food Menu: Set up a taco bar with a couple varieties of meat such as spicy ground beef and chicken. Set out bowls of chopped cabbage, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, guacamole, a couple varieties of salsa, cotija cheese, onions, etc (what am I missing). Don’t forget your refried beans and Mexican rice as well.

Drink ideas: Put out some metal buckets with iced down Mexican beer and offer either margaritas or sangria for variety.


Breakfast Burrito Brunch

When I was a kid, we would vacation across the Mexican border in Puerto Peñasco. There was a wonderful little restaurant down there in a totally touristy area that had the world’s BEST breakfast burritos! I still talk about those burritos to anyone who will listen.

Think how much fun this brunch will be! Basically, you’re setting up a burrito bar and sitting back while everyone serves themselves and chows down. Do you have chickens? What a great way to use those eggs! If you have a Mexican grocery store in your area, go pick up some chorizo. (I recommend beef over pork if you can get it). You will cook the chorizo just like you would cook hamburger meat. Talk about giving your burrito some oomph!

Also, if your Mexican store has locally made flour tortillas, I recommend those as well. The tortillas we got down in Mexico were SO much better than store bought! In fact, I cannot emphasize the better flavor enough. It’s like the difference between eating a store bought tomato versus one you picked in your garden. HUGE.

For drinks, one cannot go wrong with a bloody mary bar and tequila sunrises! Offer the non-drinkers a sparkling mint-lime quencher.


Winter Garden Party Ideas

Oh winter, we love you for your holiday spirit but we don’t love you for your freezing temperatures. What better way to combat the cold than to party it away, hmmmm?!?

Vintage/Retro

The fun part of this idea is you can go back to any period you want! Roaring 20’s, Groovy 60’s or hair-band 80’s – take your pick.

Depending what you choose, tell your guests to come dressed in their favorite outfit (legwarmers anyone?) and bring their favorite dish based on the course you assign them. I.e. appetizer, dessert, etc. This frees you up to do some fun decorating!

A Great Gatsby 20’s theme could be all white, black and gold decorations.  Find inexpensive lanterns to hang around your deck. Strategically place feather boas around the tables and chairs. Serve champagne, cheese and olive platters and shrimp cocktail in martini glasses.

Oh yes, must of course, serve martinis as well!  

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Grilled Cheese Party

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There is nothing better on a cold night than grilled cheese and soup! How about hosting a grilled cheese party where your friends bring their favorite bread and grilled cheese ingredients and you can taste test each other’s creations? Make sure they bring recipe cards to pass out in case someone declares a winner (or two).

You can set out a massive pot of tomato soup with all the fixings, sit back and watch everyone have a great time.

Since it will most likely be cold outside (unless you live in Miami anyway), rent some space heaters and set a bunch of comfy chairs around a fire pit so everyone can bask in the warmth. You could even offer s’mores and cocoa for dessert!

Strategically interspersing small tables throughout the chairs will make it easy for your guests to shift around to where the warmth is.

Hot drinks such as spiked cider and toddies are totally the way to go for this event!

Conclusion

Remember not to let yourself get too stressed about hosting a party. I have found my true friends couldn’t care less if my house is less than perfect or if my flower bed has a few weeds. They are just coming for the companionship and fun. I can tell you my mom always made a menu – in advance or on the fly. She would get on the phone with her friends and coordinate – all while writing feverishly in her notepad. The phone would ring off the hook for a couple hours while they all worked it out. Who would bring an extra card table. Who was bringing the chips and salsa. Etc.


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16 Romantic Garden Wedding Ceremony Decorations That Will Inspire You (Video)

16 Romantic Garden Wedding Ceremony Decorations That Will Inspire You (Video)

Romantic Garden Wedding Ceremony Decorations

Surprisingly, one of my most popular blogs is my article on inexpensive garden themed wedding favors (click here to check out it out). Since it is so popular (and who doesn’t LOVE to write about weddings), I thought I would follow it up with this one on romantic garden wedding ceremony decorations.

We need the wedding garden decorations to go with the wedding garden favors, right? And I do aim to please!

Once again, I went to our old friend Pinterest to get the scoop on what is trending right now and who has the most romantic ideas for garden wedding theme decorations. Thanks Pinterest!

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Garden Theme Wedding Ideas

Flower Petals for Wedding Aisle

1000pcs Rose Petals (Pink plus White)1000pcs Rose Petals (Pink plus White)Flower petals laid out on the walkway before the bride and her party are the epitome of romantic, yes? One of the more unique garden wedding ideas I have seen is laying the petals out in designs. For example, a beach themed wedding had sunfish designs, others were in swirls (as shown in the pin below). Wonderfully romantic, yes?

Real flower petals can be somewhat pricey though; $100 for 3000 rose petals. I realize when you price it alone that’s not so bad but hear me out on this. On Amazon you can buy 1000 beautiful silk, pink and white rose petals for less than $6.00. If you go this route, that $80 savings can go toward your honeymoon!

Pros of using silk flowers. You can buy them way in advance and let them sit in your closet until you are ready for them. You’re saving money. After your wedding, you could craft with them, resell or pass them on to a friend.

Cons: You will have to clean them up after the ceremony is over.


Hanging Wisteria

See all that gorgeous wisteria hanging down? I am picturing that weaved through all of your lights or hanging over everyone’s head at your reception.


Decorating Mason Jars with Fresh Flowers

This is one of those romantic, yet very simple ideas for a garden theme wedding. Buy 3-4’ shepherd’s hooks and hang mason jars on them with fresh flowers. This pin shows them along the wedding aisle but I don’t see why they couldn’t be hung all over the place. I especially like the twine they used to hang the jars. Nice country touch.

Additional Ideas: The mason jars could either be colored (Amazon has many colored mason jars you can buy.) Or you could dye the water one of your theme colors. The flowers could be as simple as wildflowers such as asters, sunflowers, lavender, daisies (one of my favorites!). Greens could be dogwood branches or ferns, etc.

Also, how about hanging a tag from the mason jar with the couple’s names on it? Or with a favorite saying or poem…

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DIY Entrance or Ceremony Backdrop

Not only could this be a great backdrop for your ceremony (or entrance) but also for your photo shoot. You could put up anything from a set of old doors to an arch of hanging flowers to a sheer curtain. Not seeing it? Check out the pins below for inspiration.


Shoe Valet

For obvious reasons, I am digging this idea! Maybe offer some cute, inexpensive flip flops in various sizes for those who do not like to or cannot walk barefoot?

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Hanging Lights

You can get pretty creative here. From hanging stringed outdoor bulbs (that could easily transition to your outdoor deck at your new home!) to jars with sand and candles in them similar to the pin below. If your wedding is at dusk or an evening affair, you will definitely want something fun to light the way.

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Wedding Cards Wishing Well

Of course you always need someplace tactful for your guests to leave their cards. A wishing well goes perfectly with your garden wedding theme. Again, you have a LOT of flexibility here on how you want it to look.

In essence, anything that has a rustic look would fit well. You could use a cute wooden box like this handmade one I found on Amazon, a small wine barrel, or one of those cute vintage looking cardboard boxes we always find at stores like Ross or TJ Maxx, etc.

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Garden Themed Wedding Centerpieces

Table Lantern Centerpieces

These cute and rustic looking table lanterns would be adorable on any garden themed table. You have a lot of options too. You could put flameless candles in them with flowers, Spanish moss, greenery, etc.

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Terrarium Centerpieces

These terrarium centerpieces with the candle, flowers and greenery are G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S! In fact, I like how this wedding set the whole table up. Additional lights of varying shapes strategically set out, extra greenery laid casually on the table and even the terrariums are of different sizes. I like it! I like it!


Wildflowers in Vases

This idea is beautiful in its simplicity. They took small, clear glass vases (I bet you could do some thrift store shopping and find as MANY as your heart desires. What a great excuse for a wedding party excursion and then a margarita-based lunch afterward to celebrate your finds!) and put just a few wildflowers in each one. Around them are candles – also in glass. I see nothing wrong with mixing and matching here – especially if you are going for a vintage or rustic look.

Conclusion

SO many romantic garden wedding ceremony decorations to choose from! It is overwhelming. Take a deep breath. Chant to yourself “Be in the moment. Be in the moment.” Now, go grab that wine and let’s do some armchair shopping and crafting! You got this.

11 Inexpensive Garden Themed Wedding Favors That Your Guests Will Love

11 Inexpensive Garden Themed Wedding Favors That Your Guests Will Love

Don’t you love planning weddings swear everyone I know is getting married!)? Regardless of the season, garden weddings are THE best! I thought it might be fun to find inexpensive garden themed wedding favors for those of us who love the earth and want to incorporate Mother Nature into our wedding!

Another thing I love about these garden favors is many of them will either be planted and put to good use (i.e. eco-friendly), watered and loved on for years, or simply kept forever because they are so darn cute!

 

** Check out my latest article on 16 Romantic Garden Wedding Ceremony Decorations That Will Inspire You

 

As I was hunting for favors, I kept seeing phrases like “mason jars are so 2012” and “Seed bombs are all the rage!” Ignore them! This is YOUR wedding and if you want mason jars in every corner of your reception hall then you go get those jars and set them out with pride!

Phew. Off my soapbox now! Moving on… 🙂 For those of you who are concerned about the environment, like to live minimally or just plain love nature-these wedding favors are for you. Enjoy!

Some wedding themes that came to mind while I was hunting: spring is in bloom, the hidden garden, faerie-tale, living and loving simply, eco loving and living, fall harvest, winter wonderland. Over the top? Too silly? Welcome to Amy’s world!

Let’s get started. Shall we?

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Mini Flower Pots Wedding Favors

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These mini flower pots wedding favors are sure to capture everybody’s heart and will definitely make a wonderful wedding favor. The picture above shows potted African Violets. Other wonderful flower ideas might be: miniature roses or yellow daffodils.

Daffodils in pots are the epitome of a spring wedding.

Wrapped in Burlap versus potting

A clever, cute and economical way to “pot” your plants is to wrap them in burlap. Here they are tied with a sweet little ribbon and a tag is attached with the couple’s name. Instead, on one side you could provide instructions for how to keep the plant alive and on the other put a fun quote AND your names. 


Mini Potted Fir or Pine Trees

Miniature potted Meyer’s Spruce as a wedding favor.

Is your wedding around the holidays or are you getting married in the forest? Then these adorable little favors fit right in with your theme. Consider giving everyone a little card with planting instructions so these sweet little trees can continue to thrive. 


Mini Potted Succulents

These miniature potted succulents are beyond adorable and you can get really creative with how you pot and display them. A sure guest pleaser! Additionally, succulents are incredibly low-maintenance. Another plus!

DIY – How to make your own potted succulent wedding favors


These basic and easy instructions give you the scoop on how to pot your succulent wedding favors. You can get super creative here. Paint the clay pot in the wedding colors. Or find a container that you feels fits your wedding theme better.


Mini Potted Herbs or Vegetables

These garden wedding party favors are actually locally grown potted heirloom tomatoes. Now HOW inventive is that?!? Who does not love fresh tomatoes? Not only are you helping out a local nursery with your purchase and the exposure but you are giving a lasting gift to all of your guests! This is the ultimate in eco-friendly. Instead of farm to table it would be farm to wedding!

Make sure everybody takes home a “How to Care for your Tomato Plant” card!

These are potted mini Mint herb wedding favors. The plant labels say “Mint To Be.” SO fun!

There are so many herbs you could use for this too. Rosemary and basil are two of my favorites because they are so fragrant. There are certain varieties of Thyme that bloom very pretty flowers. Those would also be a big hit.


Garden Seeds Wedding Favors

Seed Bombs

Seed bombs are great garden theme wedding favors! Not only are they really cute but your guests will put them to good use. And when their flowers grow, they will always think of you!

Creative tip: Pressing dried flowers into them totally enhances the attractiveness of this wedding favor. You could roll the seed bomb into a bowl of dried flowers before setting out to dry.

Oh, did I mention they are super easy to make?!?

Seed Packets

These daisy seed wedding favors are SO sweet! Who doesn’t love daisies?!? This is a great inexpensive, yet personal wedding favor that your guests will love! 

Sunflower Seeds Wedding Favors


Sunflower seed packets wedding favors. Super adorable. Wrapped in burlap bags with a ribbon and silk sunflower completes the look! 

These mini watering cans with sunflower seeds and a silk sunflower are ADORBS, ADORBS! What a fun and enchanting wedding or shower favor this would be. Who would not fall in love with these! 


Miniature Terrariums

These Mason Jar Terrariums could be incredibly cute, affordable fall wedding favors by adding fall blooming flowers such has asters or heleniums. You could use various sizes based on the display or purpose. Larger ones for the display tables and smaller ones for wedding favors. Who would not love to take one of these home?!? 

Fairy Terrariums

These fairy terrarium wedding favors are wonderful for either a Woodland or My Secret Garden wedding. 

DIY – Build Your Own Terrarium Wedding Favors

Terrarium centerpieces and wedding favors are a really fun idea. Let your creativity gene go wild here. You can put in colored glass, seashells, sand, etc. You also have a lot of flexibility of which plants you can use. Ferns, succulents, air plants, flowers, etc.

I recommend you pick up the moss, activated charcoal, small stones, etc. at your local craft store. That’s where you will get the best prices. 


Birdseed Wedding Favors

This a fun idea for your garden or nature wedding. These heart birdseed wedding favors are not only cute but they are a consumable and eco-friendly!

Since they used a cookie cutter for shaping, your possibilities are endless! How about a daisy or a maple leaf (for fall/winter wedding)?

Conclusion

I admit it is very difficult to stay focused when searching for wedding favors. They ALL look so fun and cute! Fortunately, there are many paths to making inexpensive garden themed wedding favors. Pinterest is an amazing website for helping us get the creative juices flowing AND finding out how others implemented the idea that’s in our head.

If you make any of these for your own wedding or shower, send me a link to your pin and I will share it out so all the other brides to be can be equally as inspired!

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