What’s in a Gnome?

My fam­ily and I had been watch­ing the ani­mated movie “Gnomeo and Juliet” recently and I was inspired by all the fun and gaudy lawn dec­o­ra­tions fea­tured in the movie! We decided to invite friends over for some some snacks, desserts and “fun in the sun” activities!

2B or not 2B?! The story of Gnomeo and Juliet is based on the clas­sic Shake­speare play, but set in the lawns of two fam­i­lies… of gnomes… on Verona Drive! The decor fol­lowed this premise from gnome hats to pin­wheels and all things lawn-related!

The dessert table was cen­tered by cup­cakes and a lawn flamingo, sep­a­rat­ing the blues’ (Mon­tagues) and the reds’ (Capulets) houses/lawns. I uti­lized some turned over gal­va­nized pails, as well as grass coast­ers to dis­play the cup­cakes, which were set inside grass cup­cake liners.

Aside from cup­cakes, I also made daisy flower cook­ies and top­i­ary cake balls. Through­out the table, I uti­lized lit­tle water­ing cans and pots with lit­tle plant mark­ers to label the food, which was set in a vari­ety of con­tain­ers, such as vases, minia­ture shov­els and flower can­dle hold­ers. I designed the paper goods with adorable graph­ics from Dreamloft and the back­drop was a piece of arti­fi­cial grass with “G+J” inside a heart “mowed” into it. I added some extra dec­o­ra­tions with pin­wheels and lawn toad­stools, as well as coor­di­nat­ing candy in umbrella containers.

We also had an ice cream “gnome” bar (with cones dressed in gnome hats — tem­plate from Martha Stew­art), as well as a snow cone machine to make “snow gnomes”, to help us stay cool!
The bev­er­ages were set inside gal­va­nized tubs (water­ing cans) and the signs dif­fer­en­ti­ated the adult and child beverages.
I found a great idea from The Party Ani­mal to have lawn mower races (like events in the movie) and was able to find lawn mow­ers that blew bub­bles! We also had “weed killer spray guns” for water play!
Like the orig­i­nal Shake­speare clas­sic, Gnomeo and Juliet teaches us about the sense­less­ness of feud­ing, over­com­ing obsta­cles for true love and begs the eter­nal ques­tion: Can’t we all just get along?! We cer­tainly did and have a fab­u­lous time doing so!!!

Merci Beau­coup!

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  1. Love it, such great ideas! This is my sons favorite movie. Thanks for the inspirations.

  2. Love this my daugh­ter can’t get enough of this movie!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Oh my good­ness. Thank you soooo much for post­ing this Im prepar­ing for my daugh­ters first birth­day in a few months and Ive been want­ing to do this theme cause its her all time favorite movie and I had no clue where to start because I felt that it would be boy­ish and you made it so adorable Im com­pletely excited for it now. Thank you again(:

    • Oh, Kristin! I am so happy to hear your were able to get inspired for your daughter’s upcom­ing party! We also adore the movie! Good luck with every­thing and thank you for your sweet words! ♥

  4. I am work­ing on a Gnomeo and Juliet party right now for my son…do you sell any of your print­a­bles? Every­thing is awe­some! So mag­i­cal, I love it all!!

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