Welcome back, Spring!

Looking for a fun way to kick off the return of spring? Even though snow may still linger outdoors, and the thermometer calls for a hat and mittens, there’s no time like the present to sink your fingers into some rich, earthy-smelling soil! Dust off that green thumb and bid a hearty welcome to spring!

If you are looking for a fun and engaging activity to do with the kids, in need of a nifty team building event for the workplace, considering having some college friends drop by for something different, or just want to get the neighbor ladies together for some lighthearted socializing, this idea is so simple and yet fun for all ages.

Shake off the winter blues with a planting party!

You’ll need:

  • Potting soil
  • Seed packets – employ some creativity and grab a variety of flower colors and shapes!
  • Brightly colored plastic cups
  • Small trowel
  • Permanent marker
  • Watering can

Be sure to cover your work area with a plastic table cloth or other covering to help protect it from becoming “soiled.” Skip the plain Jane white and go for something inspirational – yellow, green, pink or multi-colored, perhaps.

Allow planters to scoop potting soil into bright plastic cups and plant seeds of their choosing. Encourage them to use the permanent marker to write their names and the seed varieties on the outside of the cups. Questions about germination times, how much to water, or whether seedlings will be sun lovers or shady ladies? Photocopy the backs of your seed packets so guests can take instructions home with them.

Bright and festive foods and beverages can help rev up the springtime mood with your guests. Berry red punch or lemonade in a glass beverage dispenser with a spigot is a great start, and makes a great addition to a bowl of fresh fruit, tasty hors d’oeuvres, colorfully frosted flower-shaped cookies, fresh cheeses and crisp veggies. Some fresh cut flowers in a vase will also add a touch of spring to your festivities.

You’ll be surprised at how excited people can get over planting seeds. Watching something sprout up out of the soil and stretch and grow every day calls out to the little kid in each of us. After all, who doesn’t remember planting seeds in little milk cartons in elementary school?

Enjoy watching your cosmos climb, your zinnias zoom, and your black-eyed Susans soar!

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