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Ideas for a Garden Shower
Throwing a shower for a bride who has a green thumb and loves to garden? Why not celebrate her nuptials with a garden shower? Here, we share some easy and beautiful ideas for this green-themed party.
A garden shower can mean many things. The couple may want to establish an informal registry at a local nursery for bulbs and plants they'd like best.
For one shower, guests bought lilac bushes to landscape a couple's new home. A tree is also a lovely gift from a group: Guests might arrive prepared to plant it. Gardening (and lawn-tending) tools are welcome, especially for the couple moving from apartment to house.
For city dwellers, a garden shower is still an option: The couple may be given window boxes (and the tools they require) or the gift of flowers delivered once a month, with special arrangements for the holidays and for their first-anniversary celebration.
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Seed Packet InvitationsHere's an invitation that will grow -- and grow -- on your shower guests. Find vintage illustrated seed packets (you can buy them on websites like eBay or Etsy) for the state flower of where the couple is getting married. Then, fashion a cute card to frame it. To add the packet, cut four diagonal slits (1/2 inch is long enough) on the card so that you can tuck in the corners. Vintage seed packets, Garden Lelah.
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Create a boundless field of tulips with these sweet favors perfect for shower guests. We placed bulbs (you can buy them online in the fall) in votive candleholders with enough water to cover the roots, then added paper blooms and a vellum seat assignment to each one. Bulbs, John Scheeper's. Candleholders, Jamali Garden Supplies.
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Invigorate table arrangements at your garden shower with a flavor infusion. Farmers' market greenery, like oregano, basil, and tarragon, gives this modern setting an organic feel; planted in sleek pots, the herbs double as inventive displays for a wraparound menu of foods that put the plants' virtues to good use. You can also give them to guests as prizes or gifts at the end of the shower. Stainless cubes, Jamali Garden Supplies.
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Encourage shower guests to dig in -- literally. For cute place settings that will grow and grow on your guests, fill tiny packets with the seeds of your favorite flower, and stitch them onto simply printed seating cards; then watch the happiness blossom. Sweet pea seeds, Flower Art & Soul. Glassine envelopes (G7), ClearBags.
There's nothing more romantic than the rose -- it's a symbol of love and affection that has stood the test of time. Miniature rose bushes make for especially adorable centerpieces at a shower but they can also be given as favors that, once planted, will produce blooms for years to come. These Lilliputian pots don't even require a green thumb -- underneath the scalloped band of decorative paper is a completely plantable container. 4" rose plants, Nurserymen's Exchange, bloomrite.com. Standard coir pots (CN-CRS), Greenhouse Megastore.
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7 of 11Instead of traditional cake, serve shower guests these edible plant desserts. This delectable display starts with votive candleholders filled with chocolate pudding and topped with crushed-cookie "dirt." Lemon verbena, lavender, and basil flowers sprout from each pot. Serve your treats with wooden ice cream spoons stamped with the couple's initials to resemble plant tags. "Beaker" candleholder, CB2. "Taster" spoons, WEBstaurant Store.
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Takeaway Plant Centerpieces
For a takeaway centerpiece that's anything but garden variety, decorate shower tables with an array of plants that guests can gaze at while they eat, then take home with them at the end of the party. The vessels holding these miniature orchids are wrapped in fabric for more exotic appeal. Mini phalaenopsis, McLellan Botanicals, orchidexperts.com. Calligraphy, Primele.
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At a garden shower, serve crunchy vegetables (straight from the garden or store-bought) complete with their own dip: buttermilk-peppercorn, roasted pepper and eggplant, or toasted curry. Their bowls -- hollowed-out slices of baguettes in pumpernickel, plain, or everything -- are meant to be eaten too.
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Edible Flower CookiesEdible pansies give shortbread cookies texture and color as only nature can. They look catered, but these sweet treats can be turned out by anyone capable of turning on an oven: Bake sugar cookies, decorate with royal icing, and top each with a fresh pansy (or two). Mixed pansies, Jansal Valley, sidwainer.com.Photography: Johnny Miller
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