Get a fabulous selection of sunflower-themed party ideas right here. Whether you are looking for sunflower party theme ideas for a birthday, bridal shower, baby shower, graduation, anniversary, retirement, tea party, dinner party, lunch, or brunch, this list of sunflower party ideas has got you covered. As a veteran member of school and church social committees, I have planned and attended a plethora of fun party functions. Ready for some simple, fun sunflower theme ideas? Read on for sunflowers party ideas inspiration!
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My Sunflower Backstory
I love growing sunflowers. When our boys were younger, I would even grow a sunflower “house” in our vegetable garden by planting sunflowers in a circle.
These days, it is a challenge for me to grow sunflowers due to some squirrel-attracting actions in our rural neighborhood. Yes, squirrels are cute, but they decimate any sunflower planting efforts I make. If I am very creative with chicken wire or bird netting, sometimes I can grow a few. If I can’t grow them as easily as before, at least I can use them as a fun party theme. This is my way of surrounding myself with sunflowers.
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Sunflower Party Invitation Ideas
Source some free vintage sunflower designs to create your own customized sunflower party invitations. You could even copy this vintage sunflower image which I sourced for free. There are many options if you want to design your own invitations.
You could also get customizable, premade invitations that you could edit to fit your needs. Here’s an all-in-one party pack bundle that includes invitation templates you can easily customize in Google Slides, as well as place cards, game sheets. game cards, party favor label stickers, and directions for how to use each. There is even a large sunflower graphic to edit and use as you wish for decor.
The options for premade sunflower party invitations are many. Here are a few choices for you. First, some birthday party sunflower-themed invitations:
Here are some sunflower themed bridal invitations:
These baby shower sunflower invitations are cute:
Sunflower Party Food Ideas
Whether you are looking for savory or sweet foods, the sunflower party theme may be incorporated into many delicious options. Sunflower seeds may be used in a variety of ways, and the sunflower bloom may be created with frosting to decorate a host of treats. Here are some fun ideas.
Bake a yellow cake mix in two 8-inch round cake pans or three 6-inch round cake pans. Put vanilla frosting between the stacked layers and all over the outside of the cake. Add a real or artificial sunflower bloom as a simple decoration. You could also decorate the top of the cake with yellow and brown frosting to look like the center of a sunflower with surrounding petals.
Sunflower Cake Pops
As an added treat, put together some easy sunflower cake pops. Use a yellow cake mix, frosting, and decorate the outside of the cake pop to go with the sunflower theme. Here is the easy recipe.
Bake a basic sugar cookie in the shape of a sunflower. Decorate the cookies with yellow and brown frosting. Hint: To get brown colored frosting, just mix in a little red, blue, and yellow food coloring. Adjust the darkness of the frosting by adding more red and blue drops of color to get the desired shade you are looking for.
Bake cupcakes from a yellow cake mix. Line muffin tins with yellow cupcake papers and fill the paper cups with batter. Bake as directed on the cake mix box. Let the cupcakes cool, then decorate them with yellow frosting and chocolate chips. You could also add sunflower toppers to vanilla-frosted cupcakes.
Sunflower Brownie Bites
Bake some brownies in mini muffin tins and decorate the top of each with a bit of chocolate frosting and a candy sunflower. Quick and easy!
Sunflower Seed Cookies
Bake your favorite cookie recipe and mix in some sunflower seeds for added crunch. You could use a cake mix with this basic easy cookie recipe and sprinkle on some sunflower seeds before baking. Pumpkin white chocolate chip cookies would be delicious with some sunflower seeds mixed in. The cookies would be perfect for a fall sunflower-themed party.
Sunflower Veggie Platter
Arrange raw veggies like carrots, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes in the shape of a sunflower and serve with dip in the center.
Blend chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and sunflower seeds in a food processor for a tasty dip. Here is a classic hummus recipe with a few sunflower seeds added in. You can adjust the amount to suit your preferences.
1 can (15 oz) of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup sunflower seeds (more or less to taste)
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
2-4 tbsp water
2-3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Paprika, parsley, and/or additional olive oil for serving (optional)
In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, sunflower seeds, cumin, and salt.
Process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
With the motor running, slowly drizzle in 2-4 tbsp of water, until the hummus reaches your desired consistency.
Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary, adding more salt, lemon juice, or cumin as needed.
Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl and drizzle with 2-3 tbsp of olive oil.
Sprinkle with paprika and/or parsley if desired.
Serve with pita bread, crackers, or raw vegetables for dipping.
Sunflower Sprouts Salad
Toss together a mix of fresh greens and top with sunflower sprouts, cherry tomatoes, and a light vinaigrette.
Make a savory quiche with sunflower seeds mixed into the filling for added texture. Here is a basic quiche recipe you could use, with sunflower seeds added into the mix. This recipe would be a great addition to a sunflower-themed brunch.
1 pre-made pie crust
4 large eggs
1 cup milk or cream
1 cup shredded cheese (such as cheddar or Swiss)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds (more or less to taste)
1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon, ham, or sautéed vegetables (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
Place the pie crust in a 9-inch pie dish and trim the edges as needed.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk or cream, salt, and pepper until well combined.
Stir in the shredded cheese, sunflower seeds, and any optional ingredients such as bacon, ham, or sautéed vegetables.
Pour the egg mixture into the prepared pie crust.
Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the center is set and the top is lightly golden brown.
Remove the quiche from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
This recipe serves 6-8 people.
Note: You can experiment with different types of cheeses and fillings to make a variety of quiches. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time as needed based on the ingredients you use.
Sunflower Butter Sandwiches
Swap out regular peanut butter for sunflower butter in your favorite sandwich recipe.
Sunflower Seed Chicken Salad Sandwiches
This sunflower-themed party food would be excellent to serve at a sunflower themed tea party. Mix up a basic chicken salad recipe, then add some sunflower seeds for a pleasing crunch. Spread the chicken salad mixture onto plain white bread, then cut the crusts off. Divide the crustless sandwiches into small rectangles to serve. Here is a basic chicken salad recipe you could use.
Ingredients for Sunflower Seed Chicken Salad
2 cups cooked and shredded chicken breast
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Lettuce leaves or bread for serving
In a medium bowl, mix together the shredded chicken, mayonnaise, celery, onion, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
Serve the chicken salad on a bed of lettuce leaves or in a sandwich with bread.
Note: You can adjust the seasonings and add other ingredients to your taste, such as chopped herbs, diced apples or grapes. You can also use leftover roasted chicken or a store-bought rotisserie chicken to save time.
Sunflower Seed Trail Mix
Mix sunflower seeds, mini pretzels, chocolate chips, and your favorite nuts and dried fruit for a delicious homemade sunflower seed trail mix.
Sunflower Cheese Platter
Arrange a variety of cheeses and crackers in the shape of a sunflower and serve as an appetizer.
Sunflower Party Decorations Ideas
Sunflower party decorations may be made in a variety of ways. You could use paper sunflower banners, napkins, and signs. Artificial sunflower blooms could be placed in a number of locations. Here are a few fun sunflower party decor options to inspire you. For additional sunflower centerpiece ideas, go to this post about decorating with the sunflower theme.
DIY Sunflower Birthday Decorations
Yellow balloons, yellow or green streamers, and yellow tablecloths may all be picked up at Dollar Tree. Paper plates, napkins, and cutlery may be picked up there as well. Banners and paper sunflowers may be hung on the walls or suspended from the ceiling. Whether it’s a first birthday party or a fiftieth birthday party, these sunflower birthday decorations take the cake.
Sunflower Party Table Decorations
Use real or artificial blooms for table centerpieces. Inexpensive Mason jars may serve as vases. Add in some greenery and baby’s breath as fillers and distribute the arrangements on the tables and throughout the party area. A watering can is another great container for a bouquet of sunflowers.
You could also use paper sunflower decorations in a variety of designs.
Other Sunflower Decor Ideas
Hang a sunflower wreath on a door. For a summer sunflower-themed party, you could use a wreath like the one in the photo above. For a fall sunflower-themed party, you could embellish the wreath with fall decor like the wreath below.
Sketch a simple sunflower on a piece of paper, then fill in the colors using the pointillism painting method for a unique art creation. Take a photo of your completed project, reproduce multiple copies, and use the image to decorate your party space.
Sunflower Party Favor Ideas
Sunflower soap, sunflower themed lotion, or sunflower candles make great party favors or prizes for sunflower themed baby showers or bridal showers. Packs of flavored edible sunflower seeds make fun party favors for birthday parties. You could also give seed packets of sunflowers for each guest to plant.
Put the sunflower party favors in a sunflower themed bag and tie them with cheery yellow ribbons for each guest.
You could also simplify things and skip the ribbon with a decorative burlap drawstring bag for party favors.
Sunflower Party Game Ideas and Activities
Give your party guests some laughs by giving a sunflower-themed twist to some traditional favorites. These sunflower themed party games may be played by a variety of ages. You can play them at a variety of gatherings, at a sunflower themed birthday party, sunflower themed baby shower, or sunflower themed bridal shower. Have some sunflower-themed fun!
Sunflower Scavenger Hunt
Hide sunflower-themed items around the party space and challenge guests to find them all. You could use small items like sunflower stickers or larger items like sunflower mugs or placemats.
Have a “Sunflower Walk” instead of a cake walk by sticking sunflower vinyl decals to a floor (removable, of course). Write a number on each decal, play some music, when it stops, choose a winning number. Give a sunflower-themed gift as a prize to the winner.
Sunflower Corn Hole
Similar to a bean bag toss game, guests can try to toss bean bags into a target painted to look like a sunflower.
Sunflower Relay Race
Divide guests into teams and have them race while carrying a sunflower from one end of the party space to the other.
Sunflower Memory Game
Print out pictures of different sunflower varieties and challenge guests to match them up.
Sunflower Ring Toss
Paint a ring toss game green, then glue an artificial sunflower head on top of each post. Toss rings around the sunflowers.
Draw sunflower-related words and phrases and have guests guess what they are.
Sunflower Jigsaw Puzzle Race
Split guests into teams and see which team can complete a sunflower-themed jigsaw puzzle the fastest.
Test guests’ knowledge of sunflowers with a trivia game. Here are some fun facts you could use to form questions for guests:
Sunflowers are native to North America and were first cultivated by Native Americans over 4,000 years ago.
Sunflowers are not just yellow – they can also be red, orange, maroon, brown, and even striped.
Sunflowers are heliotropic, which means they turn their heads to follow the sun as it moves across the sky.
Sunflowers have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, and are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Sunflowers are not just a pretty face – their seeds can be used to make biodiesel, and their stalks can be used to make paper.
Sunflowers are a symbol of hope, happiness, and longevity in many cultures, and are often given as gifts to brighten someone’s day.
The tallest sunflower on record measured 30 feet and 1 inch tall, grown in Germany in 2014.
Sunflowers are an important source of food for birds, bees, and other pollinators, and can attract a wide variety of wildlife to your garden.
Sunflowers were once used as a natural dye for clothing and textiles.
The Guinness World Record for the largest sunflower head ever measured was set in the Netherlands in 1983, and measured over 32 inches in diameter.
Stick the Leaf on the Sunflower Stem
In a lemon-themed variation of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, place a large drawing of a sunflower with a stem on a wall. Cut out green leaves from construction paper and give one to each guest (with tape already attached to the back). Blindfold each guest one at a time. Spin each guest around and see who can pin the leaf closest to the stem of the sunflower. Doubting your ability to design your own sunflower poster? Use these giant sunflower wall stickers instead.
Guess the Number of Sunflower Seeds
Fill a jar with sunflower seeds and have guests fill out their guesses on cute sunflower sticky notes.
Saving Sunflower Seeds
Have some large sunflower seed heads on hand and have kids pick them apart. The seeds may be saved in envelopes for next year’s garden.
Sunflower Birthday Party Ideas
Here are some fun sunflower-themed birthday party ideas for a variety of ages. The age of the guests will determine the activities, but you might be surprised at the games the older set might enjoy playing. Sunflower birthday parties for kids might focus more on the opening of gifts. Sunflower birthday parties for adults might focus on sharing of memories or stories. Here are some ideas to get your creativity flowing.
Sunflower 1st Birthday Party Ideas
For a first birthday party, the highlight is usually the cake, especially watching the birthday guest of honor do a face plant or smear the frosting everywhere. Have one mini cake for the birthday girl or boy. Have another, larger cake for the other party guests. If you order a cake from a bakery, they sometimes will include a mini cake for free. It never hurts to ask. Have the cake decorated with the sunflower motif.
First birthday party sunflower themed activities: If most of the guests are babies or toddlers with their parents, you could have a sunflower themed photo booth for everyone to make some memories together. If the weather is hot, kids and adults could have some fun in this sunflower sprinkler.
Sunflower 50th Birthday Party Ideas
For decor, get the appropriate signs, banners, and table centerpieces, or make your own. Choose from the games and food listed above in this post. Sunflower-themed 50th birthday activity: Have everyone write advice on a sunflower themed card. You could call it “Words of Wisdom for the Next 50 Years”.
A Sunflower-Themed White Elephant 50th Birthday Party Gift Exchange
Another fun 50th birthday activity would be to ask each guest to bring a bag filled with 50 of the same small item. When guests arrive, have them put their bags in sunflower-decorated paper gift bags as camouflage.
Have guests (and the guest of honor as well) exchange bags following the classic white elephant gift exchange procedures. Not sure how to run a white elephant gift exchange? Here are some easy guidelines:
Put all of the sunflower-themed bags in a pile in the center of the gathering area.
Participants can draw numbers from a hat to determine the order of gift selection. The first person picks a sunflower-themed gift bag from the pile and opens it.
Subsequent participants have the option to “steal” a gift: After the first participant has opened their gift, the next person can choose to either select a new gift from the pile or “steal” an already opened gift from another player.
Gifts can only be stolen a limited number of times: Typically, a gift can only be stolen two or three times before it becomes “frozen” and can no longer be stolen. The person who ends up with the frozen gift gets to keep it.
The game ends when all gifts have been opened: Once all the gifts have been opened and all the steals have taken place, the game is over.
Sunflower 60th Birthday Party Ideas
For decor, get the appropriate signs, banners, and table centerpieces, or make your own. Choose from the games and food listed above in this post. Sunflower-themed 60th birthday activity: Have each guest list on a sunflower themed sheet 60 words to describe the birthday honoree.
A Sunflower-Themed 60th Birthday Party Prize Hunt
Hide 60 small sunflower-themed prize items around the party gathering area. Give each guest a sunflower-themed bag to put prizes in. Have everyone look for and collect the prizes in their bags. Guests get to keep any prizes they find. Ideas for small items, similar to sunflower-themed party favors, might include packets of seeds to plant, packs of flavored sunflower seeds for snacking, sunflower soaps, sunflower candles, sunflower lotion, and any other small sunflower-themed items you can find. It might be a good idea to mark each small prize with a sunflower sticker to identify it as part of the game.
Sunflower Graduation Party Ideas
Serve some cake decorated in the sunflower motif. Use sunflower plates, napkins, and sunflower-themed table centerpieces. Decorate with sunflower banners, balloons, and signs wishing the graduate well. Sunflower-themed graduation party activity: Have each guest write words of wisdom on sunflower-themed cards, and collect them in a jar decorated with sunflowers.
Sunflower Bridal Shower Party Ideas
Decorate with sunflower banners, balloons, and signs offering best wishes for the bride-to-be. Have each guest sign a sunflower-themed guest book. Decorate a special chair with sunflowers for the guest of honor. Serve cake or small desserts on fancy sunflower dishes. As each gift is opened, write the name of the giver and the gift on sunflower-themed paper. Give the bride-to-be some someflower-themed stationery to use for thank you notes. Put all cards, photos, and other bridal shower keepsakes into a sunflower-themed scrapbook as a gift for the honoree. Sunflower-themed bridal shower activity: Have each guest write a recipe on sunflower-themed cards, and collect them in a recipe box decorated with sunflowers filled with sunflower-themed dividers.
Sunflower Baby Shower Party Ideas
Decorate with sunflower banners, balloons, and signs offering best wishes for the mother-to-be. Have each guest sign a sunflower-themed guest book. Decorate a special chair with sunflowers for the guest of honor. Serve tea, cake, small desserts or sandwiches on sunflower-patterned plates.
As each gift is opened, write the name of the giver and the gift on sunflower-themed paper. Give the mother-to-be some someflower-themed stationery to use for thank you notes. Put all cards, photos, and other baby shower keepsakes into a sunflower-themed scrapbook as a gift for the honoree. Sunflower-themed baby shower activity: Have each guest write words of parental wisdom on sunflower-themed business cards, and collect them in a baby bottle decorated with sunflowers. Have the bride-to-be read the cards aloud after gifts have been opened.
A Sunflower-Themed Baby Shower Guessing Game
Bring out a sunflower-themed tray with various baby items on it.
Reveal the contents of the tray for a brief time, maybe 15 seconds. Cover the tray with a sunflower tea towel so that the objects are hidden. Have baby shower guests write down as many objects as they can remember on sunflower-themed paper. The person who writes down the most items wins a sunflower-themed prize.
Sunflower-Themed Baby Shower Gifts
If the nursery decor theme is sunflowers, you could purchase sunflower-themed nursery decor. This sunflower clock was a chance find at a very cute baby store in Redlands, California, called Kissui. They offer an entire range of sunflower-themed merchandise, and are conveniently connected to a store for moms called Kith.
Sunflower Anniversary Party Ideas
Serve some cake decorated in the sunflower motif. Use sunflower plates, napkins, and sunflower-themed table centerpieces. Decorate with sunflower banners, balloons, and signs wishing the couple well.
Sunflower-themed anniversary party activity: Similar to the old TV show “The Newlywed Game”, call this game the “Oldy Wed” Game. Have each guest write down a question on a sunflower-themed card, like “What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?” The happy couple can sit in sunflower-decorated chairs to play. Have the game host read the questions to the couple. Then couple will write down their answers on sunflower-themed paper and give the sheets to the game host. The game host will read the questions once again, and have the couple give a verbal guess about their spouse’s answer, then the host lets them know if they were correct or not. See which spouse really knows their better half.
Sunflower Retirement Party Ideas
“Bright and Sunny Days Ahead” could be the theme as the retiree enjoys being honored. Serve sunflower-themed treats and have paper sunflowers hanging from the ceiling like suns.
Have everyone write down a favorite work-related memory of the retiree on sunflower themed cards. Put the cards in a sunflower-themed backpack or bag for the retiree to take on a trip and read when time allows. Sunflower-themed retirement party activity: Do a sunflower jigsaw puzzle race in teams. Give the jigsaw puzzles to the retiree.
Sunflower Tea Party Ideas
Play the tea tray memory game with sunflower-themed items. Serve dainty tea party treats like sunflower shaped shortbread cookies. Sunflower tea party activity: Decorate hats with artificial sunflowers and have a sunflower-themed hat fashion show to model creations.
Sunflower Dinner, Lunch, or Brunch Party Ideas
For a sunflower-themed dinner party, decorate with a sunflower-patterned tablecloth and serve a cheesy chicken green chile casserole on sunflower-patterned plates. Assign seating with sunflower place cards.
Decorate the top of the casserole with extra cheese in the shape of sunflower petals. Use sliced black olives for the circular center of the sunflower. Put together a sunflower sprouts salad and toss it with light lemon dressing. For dessert, make sunflower-themed cupcakes.
The menu at a sunflower-themed lunch could include chicken salad sunflower seed sandwiches served on sunflower plates. You could also have sunflower seed hummus paired with a sunflower-shaped veggie platter. Serve sunflower seed cookies or a sunflower-decorated cake for dessert.
Make a sunflower seed quiche (found above in the Sunflower-Themed Food section) at a sunflower-themed brunch. Serve some lemon poppyseed muffins topped with edible sunflower decorations. Create some sunflower butter sandwiches with the crusts cut off or make cinnamon rolls with refrigerated dough and decorate with edible sunflower decor. There are many possibilities.
Free Sunflower Party Planner
Organizing a party takes planning. Whether you are planning a sunflower-themed party, a lemon-themed party, an apple-themed party, a butterfly-themed party, or a tea party, here’s a FREE monthly planner you can use to plan your sunflower-themed party or any other event. Use it throughout the year to keep daily, weekly, and monthly tasks organized. Since it’s undated, you can print out a new planner each year or anytime you need a fresh place to put your ideas. Get it here!
Have fun planning a sunflower-themed party. May all of your party planning endeavors meet with great success!