Pots o’ Hospitality

These little flower pots filled with springtime goodies are fun to make and give away. Create them for any occasion — party favors, hostess gifts, or welcome gifts left in your guest room. Use your imagination loading the contents of little flower pots.

Recipe for Pots o’ Hospitality

  • Ceramic green flower pots, available from Home Depot, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and garden stores in various colors and sizes (I used 5-inch pots here. If you’re inspired, buy terra cotta pots and personalize them for the occasion with paint.)
  • Colorful gardening gloves
  • Seed packet of herbs
  • Espresso Pillows from Trader Joe’s (chocolate-covered espresso beans… but a bit of any kind of chocolate will go)
  • Spanish moss (available from any craft store)

gArrange everything in the little pot and put in a cellophane bag (available at craft stores) and tie with ribbon (I used rafia). I also included a little soil in a separate baggie placed behind the flower pot in the cellophane bag. That way the seeds are ready to plant.

 

 

 

 

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Simply Spring Tables

Your table says “Welcome, we’re glad you’re here.” Set a spring table with the blooms of the season for a hospitable burst of color. Today my dishes all match, but feel free to mix and match dishes for a whimsical, yet coordinated, look.

TABLESCAPE BAUBLES

Spring flower centerpiece: tulips, azalea bush and dogwood branches, all from my yard. Whatever you have, blooms and greens, trim short for a bowl so the centerpiece is low and doesn’t obstruct vision. I used a Portmeirion Botanic Garden bowl with a spiked flower frog to hold flowers in place. Arrange loosely for an informal look.

Napkins: Whippoorwill pattern by World Market picks up all the spring colors from the flowers.

Tablecloth: Fresh spring green linen by World Market. The color hue is a step up from the wintertime mossy greens.

Dinnerware: Simply white Franciscan china, Nautical sea sculpture pattern.

Goblets: Wine goblets by Kosta Boda. Water goblets by Libby.

Candleholders: from Michaels, inexpensive votive holders for low, dispersed lighting