I have seen lots of party ideas using grass for centerpieces and buffets. I pinned one picture on my Pinterest boards of a tablescape with green looped rugs. I have gone to Home Depot myself and bought artificial grass to use for displays. But, when I saw this picture on a party site (go to Janet Drury at Pinterest.com and look at my Birthdays board.)
I looked at this picture and said to myself, "I have to figure out how to do this."
Since I always keep a supply of green printer paper in my cupboard because I shred it for basket filler, I grabbed a piece and started experimenting.
So here's how to do it. Take a sheet of 8.5" x 11.0" green paper. Fold it in half the "hotdog" way (skinny way) from side to side. Notice the first grade reference. Fold it again side to side, the opposite way. Make a small thumb wide fold (.5") up at the bottom. Make vertical narrow slits down through all of the layers (the grass). At the left-hand side of the small upwards fold, make a cut along the vertical fold. This enables you to open that fold and bend one layer backwards--so that the grass can stand on it's own. Below are three photos showing how I did this.
I think I am going to have 24 kids each cut a section of grass in first grade. Then, we can make a garden together. I'll have them tape them to a piece of green poster board. You can cut the folded edges shorter to place them closer together.
I made a mock-up green box of paper. I would use posterboard or a pretty low basket for the centerpiece container. I folded each one of the grasses from the photo above in half again to make them easier to stuff into the box. I had to make one more slit on the folded part to do this.
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO FILL YOUR CENTERPIECE WITH?
Bugs, Baby (Peas in a Pod Shower), Lorax, Flowers, or
anything that matches your theme.
Michael's sells plain silver tins. I just grabbed this holly one from the pantry to show you that you could put the tin on a candlestick holder, fill it with grass, and even serve cookies (in your theme) in it. Of cake pops. I also put grass in a small clay pot to show you how it dresses it up...even in an antique serving bowl.