Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Garden Planting Picnic

We took a family trip a local nursery this past weekend to purchase plants for this year's sensory garden. We bought mostly herbs and edible plants from this nursery. We also went to Lowe's to pick up some seeds, flowers, and other plantings to fill in our garden.  More on this year's sensory garden is coming.  You can see our 2011 garden here and our 2012 garden here.

garden picnic for kids, sensory garden for kids

The kids and I planted over the past couple of afternoons.  I decided to have a quick impromptu garden picnic for dinner tonight.  So, after we got cleaned up a bit we headed to the kitchen to make a quick and easy, but festive picnic dinner for the kids.  We usually try to eat together as a family, but there are a few nights a week Daddy just doesn't get home in time for little tummies.

garden picnic for kids, sensory garden for kids

We made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, strawberries and blueberries, cucumbers and dip, yogurt, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

garden picnic for kids, sensory garden for kids

I used a flower cookie cutter to make the sandwiches a bit more fun.  I find it easiest if I cut all the bread first and then spread the pb&j.  You can use the scraps to make bread crumbs...or visit a local pond to feed the ducks I suppose.

garden picnic for kids, sensory garden for kids


garden picnic for kids, sensory garden for kids

We used one of our new herbs, grapefruit mint, to flavor our water.  We added a few slices of grapefruit too (don't leave the fruit in too long or it will get bitter).

garden picnic for kids, sensory garden for kids

This was a fun way to celebrate getting our garden planted and enjoy a lovely spring evening outside.  Daddy eventually made it home and joined us playing outside for a bit.

garden picnic for kids, sensory garden for kids

I guess someone invited a flamingo to dinner!

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7 comments :

Keitha said...

What a lovely idea to celebrate your planting with a fresh and cute lunch!

Melinda said...

what an adorable idea, so fancy too :) would love if you linked up to our #kidsinthekitchen linky this week :)
http://lookwhatmomfound.com/2013/04/starting-a-garden-with-the-kids-kidsinthekitchen.html

SensiblySara said...

What a fun idea!!!

Christy Killoran said...

I love this!!! Fun lunch!

The Monko said...

looks lovely, yum

Carrie said...

What a wonderful idea!! I love the garden picnic after planting it. Thank you for sharing on Sharing Saturday!

Rebecca English said...

Oh that looks delicious! Can't wait for some warmer weather.

Thanks for linking to the Sunday showcase.