Holiday Decorations

Thanksgiving Centerpieces and Table Decoration Ideas

November 14, 2017

Pear Table Place Setting

Think of your tabletop as a blank canvas on which you will create your “tablescape” art. You choose your mediums as any artist would—your surface, linens, flowers and candles. The layering of colors and textures, adding personal touches, all play a part in the delight and ambiance that a beautifully designed table brings to a special occasion. Go as big or as simple as you want! This is your masterpiece, and should represent you and tell the story that you want told.

Let’s start with simple! Here are a few easy, creative and inexpensive ideas that I hope will provide some inspiration to get you started on your tablescape art.

Fresh Flower Wreath Centerpiece

Floral Wreath Centerpiece Close-Up

Wreaths are one of my favorite design styles for a more traditional centerpiece. Having the center of the wreath open provides endless opportunities for additional personalization. Here I used a beautiful amber Fenton glass vase as a candleholder. I think the amber glow is the perfect complement to the rich hues of the seasonal flowers in the wreath.

Recipe for Floral Wreath Centerpiece

When creating a fresh floral wreath I like to use flowers that air-dry nicely. Using flowers such as the varieties featured in this photo can extend the “life” of your centerpiece by weeks.

Succulent Wreath Centerpiece

Some varieties of hydrangeas dry better than others. The variety that dries the best and is featured in the wreath pictured above is known as an “antique hydrangea”. It is typically soft moss green with burgundy edging and works beautifully with all of the rich colors of autumn.

Fall Wreath Centerpiece Top-Down View

This wreath is all about the vibrant and saturated colors of the season. In order to create the perfect backdrop for this intensity I chose to keep everything else very neutral. A burlap table runner on a natural wood farm table and wooden chargers holding amber depression glass plates let this centerpiece take center stage!

How to Make your Flower Wreath Centerpiece:

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Fall Decor

Festive Fall & Thanksgiving Table Settings

November 1, 2017

Creating a decorative detail on each dinner plate is an easy and inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table. While you don’t necessarily need to add a place card, it is a nice touch to create a more formal sit down meal for you and your guests. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices going.

Savory Succulent Table Setting

Succulents are on trend right now in gardens, home décor and even for weddings. You can enjoy these luscious plants either potted succulents or as fresh cuts. The plant is so easy to care for and the cut version lasts for weeks!
Elegant name cards for fall table settings with succulents!

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Holiday Decorations

Why Are Marigolds the Official Flower for Day of the Dead?

October 27, 2017

Besides the Sugar Skull, the marigold is probably the other element that is most associated with the Dia de los Muertos celebration.  The marigold, and flowers in general, represent the fragility of life.  It is believed that the spirits of our departed loved ones come to visit during the celebration and marigolds are used to help guide the spirits with their vibrant color.

orange marigolds

Day of the Dead décor is all about the vibrant color, so just have fun with it when setting your table.  Little touches can add up to make a big statement:

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Holiday Decorations

Dia de los Muertos:
DIY Flower Sugar Skull

October 24, 2017

Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday to honor and celebrate loved ones who have passed.  Originally an Aztec harvest celebration, the Catholic influence of the Spanish conquistadors combined it with the traditions of All Souls’ and All Saints Day, and the celebration now starts the day after Halloween and runs for 2 days (11/1 & 11/2).

There are so many beautiful traditions associated with Dia de los Muertos – the colors, music, sentiment, and a few iconic symbols such as the Sugar Skull!  Whether you’re going big or small this year, here are a few ideas for ways that you can personalize and bring this celebration of loved ones’ past into your Dia de los Meurtos.

The most iconic symbol of Dia de los Muertos is the Sugar Skull.  Mexicans choose to celebrate the lives of their dearly beloved and the skull symbolizes death but in a positive way.  Living in a country abundant in sugar production, they began to create beautiful clay molded sugar skulls that were decorated with flowers and colorful icing that represented departed souls.

Here’s an easy way to go from Halloween to Day of the Dead and keep the party going!

flower sugar skull arranged with halloween chocolate covered strawberries

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Fun Floral Facts

Late Summer Bloomers- Zinnias!

September 26, 2017

I know that we are technically in the fall season but the weather that we are having here in the northeast is keeping me in a summer flower state of mind.  I absolutely love the fall, with all the beautiful rich colors and tons of texture with branches, pods, and berries.  But before I move on, let me just give a shout out to a few of my favorite late summer garden flowers, starting at the end of the alphabet with zinnias.

Zinnias in a White Pitcher

For me, this simple vibrant bouquet totally captures the essence of summer.  Drop a bunch of fresh cut zinnias into your favorite container – in my case that is usually a white or grey pitcher…. Continue Reading…

How-To's

RED WHITE AND BLUETIFUL

September 20, 2017

Last week Crayola announced their new crayon color – Bluetiful – replacing Dandelion which was recently retired. As soon as I heard about this bluetiful, I mean beautiful, new color I immediately thought of one of my favorite flowers – the hydrangea!

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Holiday Decorations

Celebrating Grandparents Day

September 8, 2017

Being a grandparent is the best excuse to be a kid again! At least one afternoon a week I plan some type of creative activity to do with my granddaughter Juliette – watercolor painting, calligraphy, planting a fairy garden, and one of my all time favorites – coloring! According to Digital Trends website, adult coloring books are the latest, and definitely least techy, method that people are choosing to help relax! In the past few weeks anywhere from four to eight of the top 20 best selling books on Amazon are coloring books!

Grandma Coloring with Granddaughter

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How-To's

How to Make a Flower Crown

September 8, 2017

Floral crowns seem to be blossoming everywhere you turn these days… and with good reason!  They’re delightfully charming, they’re romantic, and they can be worn anywhere from a wedding to a birthday celebration to a music festival. They’re also surprisingly easy to make. There are just a few basic steps to creating your own amazing flower crown!

Two Flower Crowns- Completed

I’m going to show you how to “wire and tape” using a single floral variety (in this case white waxflower) that can be worn on its own.

Flower Crown on Girl

And how easy it is to take it up a notch simply by gluing in your choice of additional flora (and even “fauna”)! You can also do a combination of wiring and gluing. Wire the larger flowers and glue the smaller ones. So let’s get started! Continue Reading…

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Still “Thinking Outside of the Vase”

September 7, 2017

Here are a few more ideas to inspire you to “think outside of the vase” to create floral arrangements that are uniquely yours!

FARM FRESH STYLE

Look no further than the produce department or your local farmers market for the most innovative and interesting vessels for your fresh cut flowers!

I have been making “asparagus vases” for many years for events both big and small.  Everyone is always so impressed and excited to see how easy it is to re-create.  A single bunch of asparagus can make the simplest bouquet, like these Black-eyed Susan’s straight from my garden, a stand-out star! Continue Reading…