This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase through them I will receive compensation at no additional cost to you.
Hello! Welcome to the Spring Party Blog Hop! If you’ve been sent here from one of the other fantastic sites on the hop, I know you’ve seen some really awesome party ideas already. If you’re new to my site, I should go ahead and tell you, I’m not big on decorating. I might see a beautiful DIY party and think hey, I could do that…. But I’m not going to. I don’t have time, and maybe you don’t either. So, I tend to focus on a gimmick, like the moving train in my son’s planes, trains, and automobiles party. That’s what I do here, and I swear it’s super easy to recreate. Hopefully you’ll stick around!
If you wound up here without my blog hop friends directing you this way, great! I assume you’ve searched the term “April Showers Bring May Flowers Party” in Pinterest, and you’ve undoubtedly seen a lot of little cut out raindrops and clouds and countless baby showers. Perhaps all you’re looking for is a simple spring party, something to celebrate being able to go outside again. Well, friend, I have you covered. I am all about easy parties. We will not be cutting out a gazillion rain clouds, baking eight different desserts, or, honestly, trying all that hard at all. I do recommend you check out the hop now that you’re here though. The links are on the bottom.
April Showers Bring May Flowers Party Ideas
Umbrella & Christmas Lights
Okay, so I’ve already told you I wouldn’t cut out raindrops, and I’m 100% standing by this. I saw this awesome picture from Burning Man a while back, and ever since then I’ve been trying to find a reason to recreate it. Here it is! An April showers bring May flowers party is pretty much the best reason to bust out your Christmas lights when it’s not Christmas. I really wanted this party to be outside because I am an outdoors girl. Not outdoorsy; I’m not out hiking and camping all the time. I’d just rather sit outdoors than indoors if I have the option. So, I’m showing you my outdoor version, but it would be very easy to adjust for indoors. Also, if you’re thinking you couldn’t see the lights in broad daylight, that’s not an issue. Check out the video if you don’t believe me.
Now, my yard is currently flooded (February showers bring March mud, if you’re wondering), so I decided to use my parents’ house for this shindig. They happen to have a patio set with an umbrella over their table, which was perfect. I strung these snowfall Christmas lights (I already had them, but they are cheap right now since they’re out of season) up around the umbrella. I had intended to use clothespins, but I forgot them. If you’ll look up, you can see I used binder clips to attach them. This is actually my main decor, and it takes five minutes. If I’d been at my house, it would have taken longer because I don’t have an umbrella. I have a covered patio. My intention was to hang two regular umbrellas in the corners and string the lights around the patio. You could do that inside as well.
One of the party trends of 2018 is supposed to be a greenery background. I saw an amazing DIY one here, and I recommend it if you want to take on a project. But, it looked like way too much work for a work-at-home bookkeeper/mom during tax season. Since I loved the look but didn’t want the work, I decided to use fake grass. I know they have fake grass swatches for dogs, and here’s a cool fake grass table runner, but I didn’t order anything in time. Instead I headed to Petsmart and picked up a terrarium carpet. It was $6 and doesn’t look terrible, right? That was the start, and then obviously I added flowers. I have fake flowers all over my house, so I just threw them on there. My stapler came along with intentions of keeping them down, but eh. It wasn’t that windy.
I love pull-apart cakes, as you can see here or here, but when I started planning my April showers bring May flowers party I knew I wasn’t going to have time to cook, decorate, and design a cake. Instead I took inspiration from wedding cakes. Plus this was more of an adult party, so I wound up really liking the less cheesy look in the end. Anyway, I didn’t even cook this cake. I picked up a mostly white cake from the grocery store so it was smooth and delightful, and then I stuck real flowers to it. I did have to take off some brown piping, which you can probably tell. Why brown, grocery store? Why? Anyway, how easy is that?! I think I might have a new favorite cake design. Putting it on the greenery really let all the flowers pop too.
The other foods I served were sandwiches and some fancy cheese dip, both of which came out of the bakery department. I typically advise cooking at least one dish when you’re entertaining, but remember, I wasn’t at my own home. I also threw a spring party in winter so I couldn’t take advantage of all the spring produce that will be in season soon. Presumably you won’t be staging your party early for a blog hop, so maybe you can find something fresh to serve.
Purple Rain or Everything’s Coming up Roses
You have to have some fancy cocktails for your April showers bring May flowers party! You have two options here: go by the name, or just try to make really beautiful drinks and throw flowers in them. I went with purple rain, but I’ll be honest, I’m not a mixologist. They came out a lot less purple than I would have liked. My other rain option was a dark and stormy, which I prefer for drinkability, but don’t look as nice. I meant to use small umbrellas but forgot them, so if you are better at planning ahead than me, maybe you can try that.The other drink I cheated and just poured rose wine, but you wouldn’t know that, so I’m not sure why I confessed. There are a plethora of rose cocktails you can try though. Adding flowers to the glass will make them extra special either way.
Okay! That about wraps up my April Showers Bring May Flowers party. Pretty easy, right? Let me know if you have any other suggestions or gave it a try in the comments. Then, head to one of the other seven stops on the Spring Party Blog Hop so you can ooh and ahh at all their great ideas!