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Gardening Party for Pottery Barn Kids

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I am so excited to share our latest project for Pottery Barn Kids with you today! In February, Molly, Toni and I traveled to San Francisco to style this fun “Time To Grow” Gardening Party for Pottery Barn Kids. It was such an amazing experience. I’ll be sharing more of the behind the scenes details soon, but in the meantime…here are all of the details!

We filmed an overview video for all of the elements of the party.

I designed a preppy green, navy and yellow printable set that is available for free download. It includes a seed packet invitation design, party circles (cupcake toppers), food labels/place cards and pinwheel templates.

We created step-by-step craft tutorials on potterybarnkids.com for the seed packet invitations and pinwheels.

Click here for invitation instructions
Click here for pinwheel instructions

We share two recipe ideas in the feature, including dirt pudding cups (inspired by martha) and carrot cake cupcakes (recipe by Annie’s Eats).

Click here for the dirt pudding cup recipe
Click here for the carrot cake cupcake recipe

The location for the shoot was absolutely perfect and stunning. You may recognize it from the Pottery Barn Kids catalog.

We prepared healthy lunch buckets for the children’s seating table. The buckets included a turkey wrap, granola bar and banana. We used grass mats for place mats and embellished the buckets with burlap ribbon and a printable party circle. We used printable labels with each child’s name attached to a dowel for each place setting.

Mason jars are always popular for beverages and fit this outdoor theme beautifully. We tied jute twine around the jar and added yellow and green straws.

The potters bench from Pottery Barn Kids was the perfect addition to the party for an activity. The kids each potted a plant and stamped their names on wooden sticks as a party favor to take home.

The kids were so adorable and had a great time at the shoot! We were thrilled to have this amazing opportunity and are looking forward to our next projects with Pottery Barn Kids!

Click here to view the full party feature on Pottery Barn Kids!

styling/party designs :: the tomkat studio
table, chairs, potting station, umbrella :: pottery barn kids
paper lanterns, striped straws, baking cups, alphabet stamps :: the tomkat studio shop
hair accessories :: banner boutique


  1. Jamielyn@iheartnaptime

    April 12th, 2012 at 10:00 am

    This is gorgeous Kim! Love every detail!!

  2. renee

    April 12th, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Congratulations!!! I love this FUN party you and your team designed and styled. How exciting to work with Pottery Barn Kids! … Love the kids outdoor furniture, too!!!

  3. lisa -sweetpopstudio

    April 12th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I love this party Kim!! The hand stamped wooden sticks are such a cute addition to the party favor. I also love the lunch in a bucket. How fun! Your printables are perfect- color, simplicity and style! Great job!

  4. Jessica

    April 12th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I was thinking this would also be a great “end of the school year” theme as the kids look forward to growing up and moving on

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    April 12th, 2012 at 2:17 pm


  6. Jennine

    April 12th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Great ideas. Love this party!

  7. Kim

    April 12th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you, ladies! It was a fun theme to work on….and such a cool location!

  8. Leanne Ambrogio

    April 12th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Just fantastic Kim! Such wonderful elements you have created – congratulations xx

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  10. Amanda

    April 14th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Great job on the video Kim! It looks like you’re getting more comfortable being on camera! Great work on the party as usual! 😀

  11. Jana Maciag

    April 15th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    That’s such a beautiful party. I love all the details and the healthy food ideas are great. Great job!

  12. Pear Tree Greetings

    April 20th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    What a great party! The cupcakes and lemonade look delicious. Also, love the place setting with the buckets, very neat idea! -Dani

  13. Caryl Lyons

    April 29th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Great job on the video. Such a cute party. 🙂

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  19. Laura L.

    February 23rd, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Kim, I love this idea of a party and was thinking of giving the recipes you linked to a quick try to see If I wanted to use them – especially the carrot cake cupcakes but the links do not work? Could you find them for me. Thanks so much! ( please email me back because I won’t get the message here) thanks again 🙂

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