This post is sponsored by Maggie’s Farm Pest Control. All ideas and opinions are my own. #maggiesfarm #simplyeffective #greenzone
Every spring, the kids and I work together to create a little garden. While I am NOT the world’s best gardener, I love working with the kids to create something beautiful and practical for our family. Plus, it allows us to enjoy the outdoors, which is super important to our daily lives. An added bonus for this mom when the kids are occupied in the garden is that I can tend to important outdoor maintenance tasks such as pest control using Maggie’s Farm products. Keep reading for our 3 simple tips below for hosting your own garden party, and more tips for juggling a house full of kids and chores.
Set up a Simple Planting Station
We created our planting station using custom wooden rises to resemble pallets. But, anything where the kids can sit or kneel while planting is perfect! At your planting station, set out the following items:
- Variety of pots or planters
- Potting soil
- Selection of colorful plants and flowers to choose from
- Glass stones or rock fillers
- Add-on decorations (i.e. butterflies, garden stakes, labels, etc)
- Planting tools
- Gardening gloves
You can find a number of these items in the dollar aisles at major retailers or your favorite home improvement store.
2. Provide Simple Direction, But Encourage Creativity
At our daughter’s 5th birthday party, we set up a similar planting station, but with a butterfly garden theme! I find that arranging planting items in a organized fashion on the table is the best way to encourage participation and creativity. Beginning with planter or pot options, work your way down to the opposite side of the table, setting out each step and the items needed one by one. For elementary school aged children, this set-up is generally sufficient in terms of directions; pre-k or younger will require a bit more hands on assistance. Encourage the kids to be creative with their selection of flowers or plants, toppers and add-on items; each final product will be truly unique.
If this planting party is informal, such as the one shown above, use the free-time available outdoors to tend to your own garden or home maintenance needs. I typically find a few moments to sneak away to tend to a task, while maintaining a distant eye on the activities occurring. During our most recent planting party with the neighbors, I completed a quick home pest control spray around our exterior doors and common areas. My pest control of choice is Maggie’s Farm, as they protect my home without leaving harmful residues. You can find the entire line of Maggie’s Farm Pest Control products at your local Target.
3. Simple Garden Planting Party Snacks and Beverages
I am always a fan of keeping food and beverages simple when entertaining kiddos. For our garden planting party, we served fruit popsicles to cool down after we finished planting, and chilled ice water served in one of our small wheelbarrows. Some other fun ideas for snacks would be watermelon slices, ice cream, and frozen fruit. Sometimes the simplest creative ideas bring the biggest smiles to your guests.
I hope our simple ideas inspired you to get dirty with your own children, and their friends during spring and summer months! We sure had a blast, and I was able to work alongside them with my own chores (bonus!). You can find our favorite green solutions for home pest control from Maggie’s Farm at your local Target store.
If you liked this idea, you will love our DIY butterfly garden party favor shown at this Colorful Butterfly Birthday Party!