Looking for a fun and novel table decoration for a special event? Here’s an idea. We turned our table decorations into a game.
We paired unusual plant containers with plants that had some relationship to those planters and asked teachers to guess the connections. We provided an easy example to start. You can duplicate this game using our examples or invent your own combinations. Start with a plant that has a fun name that lends itself to ideas for containers based on the shape, color, or function of the container. You can also start with a container and then select a plant or seeds to match.
If you have one or the other and can’t think of good pairing, do an internet image search for related words. We had a gumball machine, so we tried “gum plant,” “ball plant,” and other ideas just to play around with the idea before we decided to fill it with sweetgum tree seeds. (Sorry, I did not get a good photo of it.)
I had a ceramic birdhouse, so I filled it with soil and planted birdseed (actually, millet and sunflower seeds).
It was easy to find the right container for this goldfish plant (Hypocyrta glabra)—a fish bowl!
A pitcher plant growing inside a beverage pitcher was a favorite table display. (This pitcher is a species of Nepenthes.)
Here are a few practical tips for doing this at home:
You may have to alter the container to make it work. I had to take apart a toy drum to turn it into a planter for beets. (Beets in a drum—get it? If you want to impress, don’t shy away from puns, references to popular stories, or inside jokes.)
In addition to the ideas mentioned above, we also used these plant-container pairings:
chamomile in a Peter Rabbit teapot
radishes in a Peter Rabbit ceramic bowl
mint in a teacup
lettuce in a wooden salad bowl
chain of hearts in a valentine chocolate box
spider plant in a “Big Bugs” coffee mug
herbs in a recipe box
A heart-shaped chocolates tin from Valentine’s Day—the perfect home for a string of hearts plant (Ceropegia woodii)