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Dressing Up a Party

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So you decided to throw a party?  There are a few things you can do that will heighten the enjoyment of your guests at your party.  I find it helps to come up with a theme.   A theme can be a color scheme, a menu (like Mexican, Thai, Asian inspired) or travel inspired (think European vacation), celebration inspired (New Year’s Eve, Birthday, Anniversary), focused on an event (Academy Awards, movie premiere) or any other ideas you might come up with…there really are unlimited sources of ideas for your party.

A great dining experience isn’t only about the food…the environment can really heighten the enjoyment of what is on a plate.

Make sure to have your table set ahead of time.  I’ve heard it said that people eat with their eyes first.  So make it a beautiful table.  I’m a florist, so of course I think every table should have a centerpiece.  However, the centerpieces doesn’t have to be fresh flowers.  Candles, fruits, vegetables, greenery, beautiful containers, pumpkins, gourds, shells….you get the point, all can be used to decorate a table.

When possible, the table settings should match the style of the food.  Fine porcelain and heavy ceramics create very different expectations in your guests.

Ambiance is not only what you can see, but what you can smell and hear as well.  Good music that reflects the theme of the party will help set the mood.

Make sure there are plenty of beverages for all your guests tastes.  Again, there should be beverages that go with the food being served.  So if you are doing a Mexican theme, serve Mojitos and Margaritas, not mint juleps.

It is also a great idea to serve food that can be prepared ahead of time so that you can enjoy your guests.  There is nothing worse than being stuck in the kitchen cooking and serving food while everyone else is having a good time.  Serve the food on nice platters at different heights.  You can accomplish this by using boxes and bowls turned upside down underneath a table cloth…that is how they do it at hotels and restaurants!  Garnish the platters with herbs and themed decorations as well.

Floral Ring – Flower Wreath

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This week I made a flower wreath using a floral foam ring.  I showed you in the video that you can use a hurricane shade and candle in the center of the wreath or a cylinder vase  with a candle in the center.  I put the wreath in my family room and I still have the orchid plants that I showed you how to do a few weeks ago.  So I put one of the plants in the center of the wreath and voila…here is a picture….I really like the way this looks!  So, experiment, I’ll bet you can come up with other things that would look great in the center of a floral wreath!

Fresh Floral Wreath/Ring with Oncidium Orchid Plant in Center

Tasteful Cemetery Flowers

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Last week I did some cemetery flower arrangements for you and I used floral foam in the plastic containers.  I meant to tell you that you DO NOT HAVE TO USE FLORAL FOAM in those containers.  I like to use it because it keeps the flowers where I want them to be.  But, those plastic containers hold quite a bit of water, and the style that I used is generous in size so you could easily place a store bought bouquet of flowers right into one of those containers.  Flower will last longer in a vase of water than they will in floral foam too!  I’d also suggest using flowers that are longer lasting like carnations, mums, alstromeria, orchids vs. roses, delphinium, dahlia, tulips, gardenias and  hydrangea which would not hold up that well in an outside, uncontroled temperature.

Flower Arranging Tips – Things that Make Your Life Easier

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In previous posts I’ve talked about floral foam and frogs.  Other “mechanics” that will make your life easier include things like floral tape, liners and pins.

Foral tape is used to hold floral foam in a container.  It can also be used to hold flower stems together, as with a bridal bouquet.  You can use floral tape to make a grid on the top of your vases, which allows you to position your flower stems where you want them to be and keeps them there.

Liners often come with a basket or similar type container.  You can also buy liners in different sizes to fit different containers and you can make your own liners using a heavy gauge plastic.  Either way, you would use a liner in a container that would not normally hold water.  The use of the liner allows you to make a floral arrangment in a container that won’t leak.  I use liners in baskets, terra cotta pots, galvanized buckets and unusual containers like boxes and shoes.

There are two different kinds of floral pins that come to mind.  The first is called a “greening pin” and is used to hold things in place in a floral arrangement.  An example would be the use of greening pins to hold moss in place.  The other type of pin is a boutonniere or corsage pin and they are used to hold a boutonniere or corsage in place while being worn on someone’s clothing.

The Ellen Show 9-13-10: White Mini Callas

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Did any of you see the Ellen Show yesterday?  It was her Season Eight opener and was filmed on the set next to the MTV Awards.  The funny thing to me is, they made the set look a lot like her normal set at Warner Bros., including the centerpiece.  She had the white mini callas in a long/low glass vase with ti leaves lining the inside of the vase.

Justin Bieber is guest on Ellen Show

White Mini Calla Centerpiece on Ellen Show

This was one of the first centerpieces I showed you how to do back in May 2010.  Head over to the video previews and scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page…this is the third video from the bottom if you want to leave how to make this centerpiece.  This is super easy to do, but it does take a lot of flower stems!

Flower Arranging Tips – Changing the Water

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I’m often asked how often someone should change the water in a vase arrangement.  The answer is every day!  At a minimum, change the water every other day.  If you really want to make sure your flowers last, give them a fresh cut at the same time you change the water.

If you have a floral arrangement in floral foam, you don’t change the water, instead you add water.  Depending upon the temperature conditions where you are, you may need to add water every day.  The goal is to keep the floral foam saturated because that is what is delivering the water source to the flower.

Flowers need water like we need air!

Flower Arranging Tips – Process Your Flowers

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This is a step you should never overlook, and I’ll bet most of you do overlook this step!  When you get flowers, either from your yard, the grocery store, etc., make sure to process them.  At a minimum, give them a fresh cut, remove any foliage that will fall below the water line and put them into water with flower preservative.  If at all possible, dip them in a hydrating solution after the fresh cut and before putting them into water iwth preservative.  My favorite hydrating liquid is called “Quick Dip” and it is made by Floralife.  In an absolute ideal world, you would then put your flowers in a refrigerator overnight….I know, this is a step you will probably never do.  I caution you though, if you are attempting to do a big floral job, like for a wedding, this is a step that should not be bypassed.

Flower Arranging Tip – Tools

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A florist typically will use a florists’ knife to do just about ALL floral arranging, with the exception being the use of clippers for heavy materials like large branches. However, as a hobbyist floral arranger (YOU), I recommend that you use CLIPPERS as your primary tool. It is very important that your tools be clean and sharp. Take care of your tools! After each use, clean the blades and put away. I like the straight edge clippers the best. I use primarily the clippers, then a floral knife (you can use a sharp kitchen knife), wire cutters and scissors as my primary tools.  Watch my flower arranging videos for design tips and instructions for all kinds of flower arrangements.

More Flower Arranging Tip – VASE STYLES

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If you want to have an easier time at arranging flowers in a vase….besides starting with greenery to create an armature to hold your flowers in place, I recommend using vases with some sort of a neck. The neck helps to hold the flowers upright. Even if you wanted a vase full of flowers with NO greenery, the neck will help to keep the flowers where you want them to be….remember, you are the boss! You make the flowers do what you want them to do!

Magnolia Branches Video – Add on

Magnolia Tree Flower

Huge Blooms from a Magnolia Tree

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When I was making the magnolia branch video the flowers were in the bud stage. I tried to describe the flowers to you, but I thought a picture is worth a million words….so here is a picture of a magnolia bloom. They are really BIG and have a very light, pleasant scent. On the flip side, they don’t last very long, once the bud is open you will get one day out of it, MAYBE two.

I have cut the flowers from the tree and put them into a shallow bowl on a coffee table. They look fabulous, they just don’t last.

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