The inspiration for the party came from the idea of planting a fall herb garden. I incorporated things I use in my garden to bring the theme to life.
I always love creating labels for different aspects of my party table. This time I used wooden craft sticks. I painted about two inches of it with black paint then used a white paint pen to label them.
To build upon the garden theme, I incorporated terra cotta pots in various sizes, milk bottles and empty K-Cup® pods.
I used the milk bottles as vases, the flower pots to serve food and also create height. I turned a medium clay pot upside-down with a clay saucer on top of it. I used this pedestal to display the soil for the potting station craft I planned.
Tiny K-Cup® pods were used to display fresh herbs in a fun way, while mini clay pots were the perfect size to hold tiny herb seeds. We’d be using the seeds for the fun party activity I planned for the girls.
Using pre-cut letters from a lettered banner kit, was an easy way to create a banner for the party table. These kits are perfect for parties and come with the letters and string.
I wanted this party to about more than just food so I planned a fun craft using K-Cup® pods. This outdoor party was the perfect for this activity which involved soil. For the activity, I set up a mini potting station with everything we needed to make hanging K-Cup® gardens. These little gardens can be hung in front of a kitchen window and later transferred to flower pots.
Before my guest arrived, I made one as a garland for our potting station.
Hanging K-Cup® Garden
To make the garden here’s what you need.
- potting soil
- empty K-Cup® pods
- herb seeds
- small shovel or spoon
1. Cut two strands of string twelve inches long. Tie the two strands into a knot at one end. Separate the two strands and wrap both around the top rim of the K-Cup® pod ending on the side opposite the knot and tie a new knot.
2. Make another knot one to two inches from the last knot and repeat steps one and two, until you have four K-Cup® pods on your string.
3. Fill each K-Cup® pod halfway with potting soil, place two seed on top of the soil and cover with more soil.
For this party I included garden themed elements into foods by using foods that actually grow in a garden.
I used four small flower pots as serving dishes for appetizers. I lined each clean flower pot with a cupcake liner and some spinach and artichoke hummus. Then I nestled some mini carrots and broccoli down in the dip.
For the main course I made turkey sandwiches layered with fresh baby spinach and juicy tomato.
For the dessert, I set up a self serve coffee station stocked with several Starbucks® Caffé Blend K-Cup® pods, my Keurig® brewer, mugs, spoons and artisanal pastries.
Guest could create their own flavored coffee using Caramel, Mocha, or Vanilla Starbucks® signature flavors or Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Mocha Starbucks® seasonal flavors. The Starbucks® Caffé Latte K-Cup® are perfectly delicious using the two-step brewing process. There’s no need to add milk because these are made from milk have no artificial flavors. The Starbucks® Caffé Latte K-Cup® pods are so easy to make and taste delicious paired with a sweet dessert.
To set up my coffee station, I bought out my Keurig® brewer and beside it framed the 2-step process to make a beverage.
I pre-loaded the three coffee mugs with what my guest would need to make a Vanilla Starbucks® signature flavor, Pumpkin Spice or Peppermint Mocha Starbucks® seasonal flavors.
Step 1 is to pour the flavor packet into the mug.
Step 2 is to brew the Starbucks ® Caffé Blend K-Cup ® pod in your Keurig® brewer and stir to enjoy the beverage.
I had a ton of fun trying the new Starbucks® signature and seasonal flavors, planning this party and sharing it with you. A lot of work goes into breaking down each step of the party in a way that’s easy for you to duplicate in your home.
*Keurig, K-Cup, Keurig Hot, and the K logo are trademarks of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., used with permission. The new Starbucks® Caffé Latte K-Cup® are available at grocery stores nationwide. Go here to find out where they are sold.