chapter ii

chapter ii

3.19.2011

Flower Shower

As this week comes to an end and we come upon the next, one of particular significance for myself and Johnny,
I feel the urge to break out some champagne and plan some spring time fiestas... Beautiful day followed by beautiful day, clothing in cream and pale pink stored away for "winter" are joyfully lured from their idle places...my thoughts are full-storm with ideas while my eyes are dedicated to the pages of blogs and magazines full of the dreamiest settings and sartorialism... 


A recent baby shower seemed to encompass all of those dreamy notions including a fashionable crowd, a glowing mother (in a Stella McCartney jumpsuit that I'd be lucky to pull off on my skinniest days let alone in the homestretch of pregnancy) and the most gorgeous flower arrangements set a giddy tone of excitement for the promise of a new lil girl.


While the arrangements looked professionally done, luckily enough for us they were actually created by a friend, Cece, willing/darling enough
to take the time to share her 5 Favorite Tips for Flower Arranging to try for ourselves for our own upcoming soirees: 


1. COLOR
The easiest way to create a cohesive arrangement is to pick flowers of the same color or perhaps the same color in various shades.  In my opinion, there is nothing more elegant than a tightly packed arrangement of garden roses in shades of pink.  However, if you are feeling a bit more daring, mixing colors and species can result in a super elegant arrangement.  If you decide to do this, it's best to  have a neutral palette with one color that pops! This is what I did for the center pieces at Maya's shower. I knew I wanted to use pink since she is having a little girl, but thought it would be more fun if that was the accent color. To do this, I created a palette of white, green, and pink, which really allowed the pink to make a statement!

2. SCALE
I love arrangements composed of three different size flowers - small, medium and large. They're more interesting this way.  The small flower can be your "filler." While this term generally conjures up cringe inducing thoughts of baby's breath, there are in fact  tons of beautiful and affordable options. My favorites are bresillia (the little green ones I used at the shower) and red berries depending on the season. For the medium size flower, I like to use roses, tulips, and anemones. And for the large flower, hydrangeas, peonies and lilies are all gorgeous options.





3. SHAPE
This is the part that will make you want to  pull your hair out. There are two things you want to strive for - a smooth dome shape from edge to edge and above all, no gaps!  Lucky for us, there is Oasis, which is a foam-like block that you can cut to fit the size of your container. It not only holds all of your flowers in place, but will also extend their life because it retains water. No joke, this stuff will change your life!


4. VASE
You can literally use anything for a vase - mint julip cups, high balls, champagne buckets, cachepots, tea pots, mason jars... the more unexpected, the better!

5. CARE
Flowers can be fussy, so it is important to take proper care of them from the get-go. For starters, try to keep your flowers in water constantly. The second you get home from the market, back into water they go.  Before you cut the stems you should remove all leaves and thorns that will fall below the water line of your vase. After you clean the stems, it's time to cut them. Flowers should be cut at a 45 degree angle under room temperature running water.  Trim them in this manner daily to extend the life of your flowers.  As the week goes on, you can change your vase as the stems become shorter.

Happy arranging!









photos:
citified.blogspot.com



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