Are you hosting brunch, lunch, or dinner this spring? These adorable DIY mini herb favors will spruce up your spring tablescape and send your guests home with a smile.
White flowers on Bradford Pear trees and daffodils fighting their way up from the ground bring me so much joy. They mean spring is here! I love everything about spring…fresh air, new life, and celebrations.
Here in the Small household, there is no shortage of reasons to gather together with friends and family for some springtime celebrating. Gatherings mean I get to do one of my favorite things. Host! (You can read all about my passion for hosting on my about page.)
We started off March by celebrating my son’s 24th birthday followed by St. Patrick’s Day. In the next week, we have my youngest son’s 17th birthday, Easter, and my book club meeting.
My husband and I both have birthdays in April and then there is Mother’s Day in May. Lots of reasons for me create a menu, set my table, and spend time with the people I love!
Mini Herb Favors
One of the first things I do when I see the first signs of a new season is to change my kitchen and dining room tablescapes. I try to create something different from the previous year using what I already have. I am on a mission this year to clear out the clutter and simplify!
When I unpacked my box of spring decor, I came across a package of leftover colorful mini cartons that I purchased at Dollar Tree a few years ago. When I originally purchased them I filled them with Easter candy for a party my son was attending.
I think it’s fun to send my guests home with a small favor and thought these would be perfect with some fresh herbs instead of candy. I already had some garden soil so the only thing missing was the herbs.
After purchasing 2 basil plants from our local nursery, I went to work. There are 8 cartons in each package. The 2 plants I purchased were just enough to fill all 8 cartons. They turned out so cute and were super simple to make.
If you would like to make these mini herb favors for your guests this spring, here is what you will need:
- 1 package of spring cartons (I checked and Dollar Tree did have them again this year.)
- garden soil
- 2 basil plants or herbs of choice
- shovel (I actually used a spoon because the cartons are so small)
This is the size of the basil plants I bought:
Here is what I did:
- Cut off the short ends of carton.
- Fold down the long ends and hold while filling 1/4 of carton with soil.
- Add herbs and cover with soil.
That’s it! Done in just a few minutes. Super simple, adorable, and inexpensive. The basil plants were $3 each. If you already have some soil, the project will only cost $7 for eight favors.
I suggest making these the day of your gathering because the cartons are made of paper. I did not add water after I finished planting the basil. (See my additional tip at the end.)
The mini herb favors are the perfect addition to my spring tablescape! The only additional purchases I made for this scape were the runner and 2 chargers because I only had 6. I’ve listed links and resources below the pics for the items I could find.
Easter Bunny Egg Plates – I purchased these several years ago from Pier 1. The plain white are no longer available but Pier 1 does have some full bloom plates that are similar.
Chargers – The 2 new chargers were from Hobby Lobby. They were 40% off so they were less expensive than the originals I purchased from Pier 1.
Bunny Ear Napkin Rings – I purchased mine from Target a few years ago. I think they were $1 each. Pier 1 has some similar on clearance but they are a little more expensive.
White Dinner Plates – I purchased these plates from Ikea several years ago. I use them all of the time. They are still available.
Blue Mason Jars – I only have clear mason jars so I borrowed these from my fabulous friend Andi. Remember I am trying to use what I have and simplify things around here. If you do not have a friend you can borrow them from, you can get them at Walmart.
Table Runner – Hobby Lobby
One Last Tip:
If you need to make your favors more than a day ahead of time, Dollar Tree does sell mini terra cotta pots that are also super cute. They are 3 for $1. I happen to have one from another project so I put one together to show you.
You could paint these, add ribbon, and/or personalize them with your guest names. The possibilities are endless.
Will you be hosting any spring celebrations? I would love to hear about your plans.