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A Welcoming Holiday Centerpiece

December 1, 2017

Here’s a traditional holiday arrangement that has its roots in the south, in Colonial Williamsburg.  The pineapple has long been an iconic symbol of hospitality, welcome, and friendship starting in the Carib and spreading to Europe before coming to Colonial North America.  While the pineapple is a key element in a traditional Colonial Williamsburg style arrangement there are others that are just as important to create the right look.  Here’s a list of just a few that you might want to choose from:

  • Magnolia leaves
  • Assorted evergreens
  • Apples
  • Oranges (especially decorated with cloves)
  • Roses
  • Ribbons
  • Burlap

pineapple holiday centerpiece

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Christmas & Holidays

DIY Santa Hat Holiday Treats & Crafts

November 29, 2017

Learn how to make Santa’s hat out of strawberries and flowers!

Everyone loves Santa and everyone loves Santa’s hat! Put one on and it’s an instant party! Anyone can wear one – young or old, big or little, animal or human! Don’t believe me? Check out our truly original Santa Paws a-DOG-able and see for yourself!
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I decided to have a little fun with Santa’s hat and make one entirely out of fresh flowers to complement the mini hats that we made out of fresh strawberries. These are great ideas that are so easy and will make you look like quite the “hostess with the mostess” at your holiday brunch for the girls! Include a little spiked peppermint hot chocolate and let the merriment begin!
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More Last Minute Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

November 21, 2017

You might have noticed that I am obsessed with succulents – planted and used as cut flowers!  I can’t get enough!!  They are so visually beautiful and extremely hardy at the same time.  You don’t get the combination very often!  Another thing I am obsessed with – white pumpkins.  So here is my perfect fall table setting…

Succulent Centerpiece in White PumpkinI kept it simple with a green and white palette and bare wood table.  Vintage egg cups, each holding a single succulent, give a nice balance to the table. Continue Reading…

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Last Minute Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

November 21, 2017

Here are some of my favorite last minute ideas for decorating and entertaining this autumn season. Whether your hosting the big event on Thanksgiving Day or just having a few friends over during the long holiday weekend these ideas are really easy and add that extra touch that your get-togethers always have!

Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Pumpkin and SucculentsI have a few season specific decorative pieces that I reuse every year like this gorgeous ceramic pumpkin. You can get one from 1-800 Flowers.com with a beautiful fresh Thanksgiving flower arrangement for yourself or a friend. I filled my pumpkin with flowers, grasses, peppers, and succulents in a farm fresh palette. Continue Reading…

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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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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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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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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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DIY Red, White & Blue Floral
4th of July Crafts

June 28, 2017

Fourth of July celebrations (and decorations) are the best! Whether you’re celebrating America’s birthday with friends and family on the beach or in your backyard, here are some easy ways to add little patriotic touches of red, white and blue with these fun DIY floral 4th of July decoration ideas!

DIY Mason Jar American Flag Vase

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Seriously, is there anything you can’t do with a few mason jars? I took three small, clear mason jars and painted them in a stars and stripes tribute to Old Glory. One stem of blue hydrangea in each and you have a beautiful, fun, inexpensive centerpiece. You could paint a couple more while you’re at it and use them to hold cutlery or straws, or even tea lights, creating a festive look for evening festivities.

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