How to prepare for your succulent arranging party

It’s not in my nature to brag, but I married into a wonderful family. I truly enjoy spending time with all of my in-laws. It had been a while since the adult ladies hung out so I decided we were due for a girl’s night. When I saw a gorgeous succulent display at Bauman Farms, my plan quickly formed.

Putting together succulent arrangements (follow my 5 easy steps) couldn’t be easier, it requires no experience or skills and it doesn’t take forever.

To plan my party, I busted out a pad of paper and started creating lists, as I typically do. A succulent arranging party can be the theme for so many ocassions – baby showers, bridal showers, birthday parties, retirement parties, women’s retreats, ladies night, or just because.

I have created a simple list of things you’ll need to host a fabulous succulent arranging party.

  • Large succulent plants, different varieties, in assorted shapes and colors.

    Large plants allow guests to trim off small parts for their arrangement, and the large plant will regrow so it’s a win-win.

    You can also buy individually potted succulents in bulk. These make great focal points and already have roots making it easy to transplant.
  • Succulent/cactus soil. Place soil into a large container and have a large spoon or small shovel to scoop the soil into the pots.

    Potting mix that is specifically for succulents and cacti has sand, pumice, or pearlite to help with drainage. Succulents require good drainage.
     
  • Tools: pots/containers, scissors, chopsticks, Popsicle or wood skewer, and a watering can.

    The chopstick helps to fit the succulent cuttings tightly into the soil.

    The Popsicle stick is used to show you when to water your arrangement. There are so many options for pots, but they must have a drainage hole and a dish or something to catch excess water.
  • A vinyl tablecloth or plastic place mats.
    To make clean-up easier, do this activity outside. You can get really creative with an outdoor garden party, or keep it simple. To stay on-theme, I found these succulent napkins and created a lovely succulent centerpiece. For centerpiece inspiration, click here.

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  • Food!
    Technically, you don’t have to have food, but is it really a party without it? I kept it simple with dessert, and this recipe did not disappoint: No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Delight by The Farmwife Cooks.

  • Invites.
    While a text message to family is fine, you may want to add a little something extra. Download this image and attach it to your email or text.

Because succulents are so easy to plant, you don’t need to print specific instructions. However, as the host, you’ll want to know the steps so you can guide your guests through creating their succulent arrangement!


Where to buy succulents:
Amazon (Shipping succulents is easy because they can easily go without water for around a week.)
Etsy (Be sure to check shipping costs and shipping time.)
Local farms (My favorite is in Gervais, Oregon – Bauman Farms has a large and healthy selection.)

I hope these ideas are helpful and if you have any additional tips or ideas, please leave a comment here or on Facebook~

For more succulent inspiration:
How to make easy succulent arrangements
How to make a succulent centerpiece your guests won’t forget

How to make easy succulent arrangements

I LOVE PLANTS – real ones, fake ones, paper ones, fabric ones… you get the picture! Unfortunately, the green thumb gene totally skipped me (although, my dad could be a master gardener). I have always struggled with keeping plants alive, but I’ve certainly given it my best over the years. Having real plants around your home doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Succulents are hearty, lovely, affordable, and easy to keep alive! And they regenerate if your sweet 4 year old picks them so that her stuffies have food.

Gather your supplies:

Succulents (little starters or larger ones to get cuts from)

Scissors

A chopstick or popsicle stick

Succulent/cactus potting soil

A planter with drainage

Latex gloves (optional)


Now let’s get planting!

  1. Fill the planter with cactus potting soil making sure to pack the dirt firmly and leave room at the top for your plants.
  2. Starter succulents: Carefully remove any starters from the plastic and place them in the planter, pressing them in firmly. Succulents like to be crowded and in tight surroundings.
  3. Clipped succulents: If you have large succulents, use your scissors to clip a branch from one of them. You will need to remove several leaves from the stem so that you can place the stem deeply enough in the dirt. When succulent leaves sit on dirt, they rot and die. Use the chopstick to poke a hole in the dirt, then place the stem into the hole, and pack it in tightly. You may also need to use the chopstick to help press the soil down firmly around the stem.
    Pro tip: Find succulents with large and sturdy stems. Flexible and narrow stems are more difficult to plant and take root.
  4. Once all your starters and clippings are planted, add any extra dirt to the top and really pack it in. Be careful to not overfill because during watering it will spill over if too full. When you’re done, place the wooden chopstick into the planter until it reaches the bottom. You will need to water your succulent when the wood chopstick is completely dry. You can use a Popsicle stick or anything wood.
  5. Most succulents are happy with one weekly watering and plenty of indirect sunlight.

Tips:

  • Cactus potting soil works best because it drains best.
  • Don’t over or under water. It’s better to under water at first to see how often your succulent variety will need water.
  • Remove dead leaves asap.
  • If you leave a succulent in its original soil and container, it may do great. But if not, just replant and give it time – they’re pretty resilient.

For more succulent inspiration:
Make a succulent centerpiece your guests won’t forget – coming soon
How to throw a succulent arranging party – coming soon

This vintage wooden shoe from France was found at an estate sale. The original owners wrote information about it on the bottom. I just drilled a few holes for drainage and love how my wooden shoe got re-purposed as a planter~