Once upon a time, it was winter. And then it was spring. So we had a very little party to celebrate its arrival.
And now that spring is three weeks old, I’m finally getting around to sharing the ideas and pictures with you. The main focus of our party was a meal with a mystery menu. The foods were very normal (spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, etc.), but I made up a mystery menu in which each of the food items were renamed as some spring-themed item.
This was our menu:
And these are the translations:
bird’s nest = spaghetti
robin’s eggs = meatballs
flowers = cucumbers and carrots
trees = raw broccoli
butterflies = garlic bread cut to vaguely resemble butterflies
seeds = black olives
watering can = pink lemonade
rainbow = layered vanilla pudding
— non-edible items —
picnic blanket = napkin
rake = fork
shovel = spoon
trowel = knife
Cutting the cucumbers and the carrots to look like flowers was the most time-intensive step, so I was glad I didn’t have to make many of them. I just sliced the vegetables and then used a paring knife to cut out five wedges from each slice.
For dessert, I made a much brighter version of the rainbow layered vanilla pudding Magen and I made back in the fall.
Coming up with the food ideas was fun, but the decorations were my favorite part. The party was just for my family and my mother-in-law, so I didn’t do a ton of decorating, but no party is complete without some fun decor.
For starters, I bought a simple bouquet of alstroemeria for the center of the table and placed it in a blue canning jar.
The table was also adorned with these little place cards that I made. The flowers were made out of regular printer paper that I painted with watercolors and then cut out with those cheap scissors that make fun edges. Other place cards had flowers with other colors (pink, yellow, blue).
On the sliding glass doors, I hung ten little accordion-folded paper flowers that I made from two sheets of scrapbook paper.
And finally, I hung some crepe-paper streamers from an exposed beam.