Tapas & Terrariums

It’s summertime, y’all! Can I get an “amen”?! You know what that means-relaxed days and friend reunions. Wondering what to do to make the “catch up” time a little sweeter? Hop on the succulent trend that’s so hot right now.

As soon as I found the fabulous llama and cactus bunting at Target, I snagged it knowing it would come in handy some day. That day was yesterday. I found a purpose for it when I read about a terrarium party in my ‘Mingle’ magazine. I used the bunting to create a larger paper cactus and llama table runner for decor. To keep with the southwestern/tropical summer vibes, I also got cute inflatable games (also from Target) because every outdoor gathering needs a couple yard games.

The activity:

The gals brought their own containers and I provided the cacti, succulents, and other plant materials. I’m not sure that any of us have green thumbs but hopefully we will keep our new little friends alive. 🤞🏽

The food:

So, I’m a real big fan of alliteration and ‘tapas’ was the perfect fit with ‘terrariums’, hence tapa-style food. Dad grilled southwest chicken and pineapple kabobs served with a creamy cilantro sauce and mom put together hot ham and cheese sliders. I’m calling dessert churro bundt cakes. It’s really a muffin recipe, but pour the batter in bundt molds and dip ’em in cinnamon and sugar and you’ve got churro cakes!

The beverages:

Tea punch is a summer classic and super simple. All you have to do is add one cup of orange juice and 1/4 cup of lemon juice to sweet tea and you’ve got a sip of paradise. I also made fresh-squeezed lemonade sweetened with honey. And of course water with a sprig of mint leaves because mint makes everything fancier.

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The tablescapes:

I put the plant supplies and food on the same table surrounded by all kinds of llama and cactus cuteness.

A paper-doll style felt llama table runner graced the dining table alongside small ceramic and paper plates and assorted glass stemware. All you need to create the same look is some felt (I got 1 1/2 yards and have tons leftover), pom poms, and hot glue. Fold the material like an accordion and place your llama pattern on top to cut. Remember, you want the llamas to be attached so don’t cut the folds! Add the smaller detail and wah-lah!

The games:

Cactus ring toss (can you imagine playing with a real one? yikes 😳) and pineapple tic-tac-toe.

The favors:

Easy: the terrariums.

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Happy planting!

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Llove & llamas,

Confetti Reign

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