The Strawberry Patch

Enrichment and Inspiration for Beta Sigma Phi Sisters from Marilyn Ross

A Garden Party
(from BSF International)
This party plan can be used for a rush party, a chapter social and/or combine it with a program!

 This is a great party idea for any season! Perk up your winter with pretty cut flowers and potted plants. Enjoy the summer with your own outdoor garden as the backdrop for this fun party!

Garden Stand

 A cute wagonload of flowers is a great front for your invitation. Send it with a packet of wildflower seeds, with the instructions to return the packet when they come! Send a different packet of seeds with each invitation! Why? Read on.

 Depending on the season, use cut flowers or garden fresh posies on your table or use the wonderful extra veggies gardens provide. If you serve a salad, you might want to use gardening tools, (serve in a children's sized wheelbarrow; use children's plastic trowel and garden tools) to serve! Baskets of veggies may also be used as favors, with a packet of seed thrown in.

Fresh Vegetables
herb stand

 Try using the Latin name of plants listed on one side of a sheet of paper and the common names on the other side, and then match them up! Winner gets a basket of flowers, a potted herb or tools. Most libraries (or search the internet) have books on herbs and uses for them, both as a health aid and in cooking. (This can be a program for any chapter, too!) Your presentation will be informative as well as funny! Try scrambling the names of common flowers with a timed unscrambling. Remember Mr. Potatohead? Have a contest to see who can make the most accurate self-portrait with veggies. Use stick-on eyes and other veggies for mouth, ears, hair (celery strings or cornsilk). The "veg-head" that looks most like you wins! Make your prizes plants or a small basket of veggies!

 With these ideas is garden clipart you can use on your invitations and nametags. There are some fun recipe ideas to go with it. Have fun cultivating your new friends and help your chapter grow! This is a fun party, so enjoy and plant the seeds of friendship!

dried flowers

 Remember the seeds you sent out in the invitations? Use them when you present Beta Sigma Phi! Like a beautiful garden, our sorority is made up of many different lovely sisters. One type of flower is beautiful, but a whole garden of that one flower isn't as exciting as one filled with a glorious riot of color and different textures.

 Dump all the seeds in a pretty bowl and spoon a small amount back into the packets. This is a wildflower garden. Take it home, plant it and enjoy the differences you'll see! Then invite your guests to join our wonderful organization. You can watch each other grow as you watch your gardens grow!

Recipes for your Garden Party

Dirt Cake

Dirt Cake

1 stick butter or margarine
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
2 3½ oz boxes vanilla instant pudding
3½ cups milk
12 oz. Cool Whip
1 20 oz. package Oreo cookies
1 large clay pot
aluminum foil
1 package gummi worms (optional)

  1. Mix first three ingredients, set aside.
  2. Mix instant pudding and milk in a separate bowl.
  3. Fold Cool Whip into pudding mixture.
  4. Add cream cheese mixture to pudding mixture.
  5. Crumble entire package of Oreos.
  6. Line flowerpot with foil.
  7. Fill flowerpot with cookie crumbs layered with cream mixture.
  8. If you want to add gummi worms, leave a few in among the layers.
  9. Serve with a new, clean garden trowel.

Watermelon Bombe

Watermelon Bombe

1 pint Lime Sherbet
1 pint Pineapple Sherbet
1 pint Raspberry Sherbet

  1. In a 1½ quart round bowl (lined with foil), cover the bottom and sides with softened lime sherbet. Freeze.
  2. Soften the pineapple sherbet and layer this, bottom and sides, over the lime. Freeze.
  3. Fill shell with softened raspberry sherbet. Freeze.
  4. When solid, remove from bowl. Slice to resemble Watermelon slices.
  5. Add chocolate chips for seeds in slices!

Garden Party Punch

Garden Party Punch

1 6 oz. can orange juice (frozen concentrate)
2 6 oz. cans lemonade (frozen concentrate)
1 (2 liter) bottle 7-up
Crushed ice

  1. Combine thawed juices with 7-up.
  2. Add crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with lemon and orange slices.

Actual Size is 350 x 350
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Actual Size is 350 x 350
right click on image for large size.
Actual Size is 350 x 350
right click on image for large size.

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