Hi guys! It’s been a few months of hibernating (if you call hibernating frantically working in our wellies out here in rainy LA), and we are excited to be back with a new Around the World with Bash, Please post. Guess where we are going this time? Yep, sunny CA, the good old Golden State. We are hoping our optimism brings the sunshine back out soon. With spring just around the bend, we decided to host a little planting party to scratch our green thumbs that are itching to get dirty. Using a touch of diorama fun, we brought the fixins’ to make terrariums! Shuffle in some good friends, a California wine tasting courtesy of Plonk, a farm-to-table spread from our friends at Heirloom LA and some homemade gnomes and it’s a good time! — Paige + Kelly
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First up, we bought some crafting FIMO clay at an art supply store to make our own figurines for the terrariums. We chose to make mushrooms and gnomes, but of course, the sky’s the limit with what you can come up with. Pick out assorted colors, shape the clay into your desired figures and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Super easy, homemade and soooo cute for diorama making. Tucked into some garden moss, the little gnomes had our inner children playing forest fairies. Tip: Be gentle with the clay. It has a low tolerance for indentation. Roll nicely, shape delicately.
We purchased various glass containers, mason jars, bubble bowls and vases for our guests to choose their planters from. Stock up at your local flower mart (anyone can go) to get the best deals on succulents, cacti, air plants and any type of vegetation you want to plant in the terrariums. Buy a bag of cactus soil and some earthy textures, such as rocks, sticks, sand and crystals. Throw in some kitschy plastic figures like flamingos, squirrels, cowboys, princesses, wagon wheels, what have you, and let the imaginations run wild.
We chose to keep the food and drink locally inspired and heavy on the organic matter, even down to the most amazing homemade ranch dressing churned from buttermilk and creme fraiche. We were literally licking our spoons all night. We couldn’t find a recipe online, but we bet Heirloom LA would ship some to you! We topped it off with fresh apple pie and crisp wine. It was bountiful and festive. Our favorite wine was the Dashe Grenache. Order it here!
It was a super fun way to kick off spring and bring some fun into the small worlds of terrariums. They really do add positive energy and brighten up your office, bedroom, kitchen or anywhere you’d like to place them. Get your hands dirty, your creative juices flowing and enjoy the craft of planting a diorama. And try your hand at clay sculpture! It is very satisfying (and decorative) to make your own figurines. We’re off to create a Wonderland of rainbows and unicorns for our next planting. Cheerio!
All photos by Lauren Ross