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Watch Me Grow! peapod garden party (25 photos)


interactive pea pod invitation - remember to have USPS hand cancel the postage due to rhinestone and rigid wire

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Being a first-time aunt, I really looked forward to planning my niece’s first birthday party with my sister. I started brainstorming and was inspired by Audrey’s Chinese nickname, (???) xiao dou dou, which roughly translates to “little bean” or “little pea”. Cute, right?

I envisioned a veggie garden party to {1} tie in the “little pea” nickname and {2} celebrate how much she’s grown (and will keepgrowing!). With that said, you’ll see the theme of peas and “Watch Me Grow” carried throughout invitation, cake topper, photo props, favors etc.


As with any event, the invitation often sets the tone and is vital in enhancing the theme. I handmade interactive pea dpod invitations so the guests can pull out each pea to reveal party details. The Moss & Chartreuse pea pods paired beautifully with Paper Source’s Blossom #10 envelopes. {TIP} Since each peapod was adorned with rigid wire & green rhinestone at the tip, the invitations’ postage needs to be hand cancelled by USPS.


I bought flowerpots from Michaels and dressed them up with Sculpey peapods, ribbons and puffy paint. Guests can bring home Peas or Sweet Pea flowers seeds and watch them grow! We also used Sweet Pea flowers to decorate the table and they smelled wonderful.

{Cakes & Food}

Since the cake topper was for the “smash cake” and didn’t need to be edible, I handmade the peapod cake topper with Sculpey so it doubles as a keepsake after the party. Everyone loved how Audrey was peeking out of the peapod wearing her favorite outfit! {TIP} After Sculpey topper has cooled from the oven, add the event date with puffy paint!

The buffet featured homemade dishes reflecting the fresh garden theme and also the pink & green colors of the party. Cute mini flowerpots adorned & labeled each dish. {TIP} In case of a windy day, fill the mini pots with rice or beans to weigh them down.

{Photo Backdrop & Props}

The simple pink & green paper chains were so gorgeous as they swayedwith the breeze. {TIP} 1 roll of Paper Source roll wrap makes about 3 long chains so we only used 1 Polka Dot Chartreuse roll & 1 Blossom roll for the backdrop.

The guests had fun posing with the garden themed photo props I sketched out on cardstock. My favorite was the “grow Audrey grow!” watering can.

Vendor Credits: Party Styling: Shifting Status Kuo

Photography: SoWen Photography

Invitations, cake topper, favors and photo props: Shifting Status Kuo

Flowerpots, Sculpey, puffy paint, ribbons, rhinestones & wire:
Michaels Crafts

Invitation paper, envelope & roll wrap: Paper Source

Pink tissue pom poms, tablecloth, plates & napkins: Party City

Fruit tart: Porto’s Bakery


Flower bundt cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

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Shifting Status Kuo
Chino Hills, CA
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