“You're insanely busy but actually seem pretty easy-going,” a new friend observed the other day. “Deep down, it's like you really just want to eat granola and have a backyard party with a Kumbaya session.”

Flowers along a fence line with colored water make a pretty, casual party backdrop (perfect for a festive baby shower, too!)

It's true, I really do. Nate and I (and even the boys) work hard, but at the end of the day our family is totally in our element swinging in a hammock by the outdoor fireplace, bundling up in a wool blanket or chowing down on a casually-concocted fruit bowl. Live and let live, I say, and embrace unstructured moments as an opportunity to reconnect. So when we suddenly found ourselves with a weekend at home filled with absolutely no plans, we hosted an old-fashioned backyard party our way.

Peace, love and granola party printable

Peaceful, easy-going, and with lots of granola.

Our Colorful, Kinda Crunchy Backyard Party

Flowers along a fence line with colored water make a pretty, casual party backdrop (perfect for a festive baby shower, too!)

I hung these vases filled with colored water from the fence by the walkway. Such a simple touch for our backyard party, with baker's twine and colored daisies from the grocery store.

Hippie granola party theme

Entertainment was easy as ever. I setup a bubble machine, threw out some games and let the kids go to town.

Hippie themed "peace love and granola" party

At one point, Sidekick went into the house and emerged wearing his “Junior Park Ranger” vest from Uncle Lars and Aunt Leilani. Seems he felt it went with the theme.

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Hand to God, he did this all on his own. Cutest thing ever.

Hippie themed "peace love and granola" party

Our backyard party was sponsored by Quaker® Chewy® Granola Bars, and the snacks were a hit. They have 8 grams of whole grains in every bar and come in awesome flavors like Chocolate Chip, S’mores and Oatmeal Raisin. I made a sweet printable to fit their “Big” Chewy bars. They also have a cool deal going on at www.ChewyKeepPlaying.com where you can get a free NERF toy and submit a photo of your family's favorite play space for a chance at their $25,000 #KeepPlaying grand prize to make over your area.

Hippie theme party printable for granola bars

The adults oooohed and aaaaahed over my printables for a bit, while the kids just tore them off and devoured.

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You can download the printable for yourself here.

Make a quick and easy flower chain for parties, baby showers, or casual backyard get-togethers

Another big hit were these flower chains I made.

Make a quick and easy flower chain for parties, baby showers, or casual backyard get-togethers

Did you make these as a kid? I can remember spending countless hours kicked back in the grass, stringing dandelions with my sister. You simply use your thumbnail to cut a slit in the stem of one, string the other through and repeat, stringing each new one through the last. So fun, and so easy.

Party in a box

When's the last time you had a backyard party?