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The story of how asparagus can take you far! April 20, 2013

Green Centerpiece - Kristi Murphy photo Lauren Conrad blog

Recently, Kristi Murphy, of SaucyPants fame, requested a floral arrangement for their photo shoot of a St. Patrick’s Day beer-tasting for a Lauren Conrad blog post. Since they were working at The Farm at South Mountain, I incorporated kale, asparagus, and rosemary along with green bells of ireland, white anemone, and other green and white flowers.

I decided to also create a second arrangement for Your Life A to Z as our weekly delivery for the show, including the asparagus, rosemary, kale, and green and white flowers. It just so happened that Gabe from Il Tocco, was one of the guest chef’s that week.

Fast forward to mid-April, and the Culinary Festival preparations. Gabe decided that it was either create a centerpiece for Best of Fest himself, or to cook the steak.  He remembered our creative food-inspired floral arrangement, and called us. And so we had the honor of creating Cream, green and veggie centerpiecethe centerpieces for him for the festival. We used Sahara roses, stock, hydrangea, two kinds of kale, rosemary, and yes, the asparagus, even adding in rutabagas and parsnips!

Moral of the story – let asparagus take you there! Or: Be yourself, be creative, be passionate, and the people who love what you love will find you!

I am so grateful, encouraged – Thank you for listening!

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4 Things to tell your Floral Designer when ordering your Holiday Flowers November 16, 2011

You are creating your shopping list for the scrumptious foods for the holidays, confirming family and friends who will attend, selecting the look of your table and entertaining area. Next on your list? Ordering the flowers to complete the setting! Flowers make people smile, bring a feeling of satisfaction and enhance creativity and conversation. Here are three things to consider and discuss as you are selecting the flowers for your special gathering:

Elegant Centerpiece featuring spray roses and striking Cobra Lilies

Elegant Centerpiece for a smaller or narrow table, featuring spray roses and striking Cobra Lilies

  1. The overall style and feel of the event – are you going for a trendy/modern look? Or do you want a more home-spun look with whimsical elements? Or an upscale/elegant feel that is still warm and inviting.
  2. The context for the flowers: the decor of the room(s) where people will be gathering, the size and shape of the table(s) where the flowers will be displayed (centerpiece or buffet, coffee table or kitchen bar), and the predominant colors in the space. Are you bringing in special decor accents or metallic items that should be considered?
  3. Your color scheme for the event – are you wanted more neutral tones, such as taupes, ivories, and soft peaches? Or are more bold colors such as pomegranate, cranberry and pumpkin more your style?
  4. Are you giving the flowers away? Or would you like to use your own vase or tureen for the container? Or would you like to select a special hand-blown vase or high-end footed bowl that would be rented for the event and then returned?

For help thinking through your holiday party, and the perfect floral arrangements, post your question for Lisa or Karin on our Facebook Page, or order a custom floral arrangement and we will call and consult with you before creating it. We are Floral Artists offering Concierge-Level services, such as color consultation, full-service delivery and setup, rental vases and containers for events and parties, and customization for an amazing ‘Wow!’ factor.

Check out our blog post giving the inside scoop on how fashion trends can lead you to discover distinctive floral combinations.

Browse our Thanksgiving Flower section of our website.

 

Holiday Centerpieces: The Right Size for the Perfect Table November 12, 2011

You’ve planned the holiday meal, you’ve confirmed all of the relatives’ arrivals, you’ve coordinated the placesettings and colors… now you just need the perfect centerpiece to tie it all together. But, what proportion is the right choice for your table? You want the guests to be able to see each other, but you don’t want the arrangement(s) to get lost on the table. Here are some guidelines for choosing your centerpiece or table arrangements:

Contemporary Long Centerpiece featuring Orchids and Spider Mums

Contemporary Angular Centerpiece featuring Orchids and Spider Mumsthrough the whole table.

1. Size of the table: When using a single centerpiece, order one that is less than 1/3 of the length or diameter of the table. If you have expanded your table to a longer length, you might consider using more than one arrangement to bring color.

2. Shape of the table: The shape of your table can be mirrored in the shape of your arrangement if you prefer a symmetrical feel. If you want a more modern, edgy mood, then bring a different shape – for example, a rectangular arrangement on a round or oblong table, or a square arrangement on a round table.

Tablescape with Fall Orange Orchid and Succulent Florals with Candles

Tablescape with Fall Orange Orchid and Succulent Florals with Candles

3. Number of place settings: If you are working with a long/oblong table with many place settings, you may need multiple arrangements to balance the proportion of the table, while keeping the height low enough for guests to see over. Keep in mind that odd numbers of items are always more visually pleasing than even, so choose multiples of 3, 5, and 7.

4. Placement of the table vs. viewpoint of the arrangement(s): Is the arrangement going to be visible from all sides, and in most centerpieces? If so, make sure that you let your designer know. Arrangements for use on sideboards or serving tables, or tables pushed against a wall, have a limited vantage point and can be arranged accordingly so your feature flowers are displayed fully and not hidden..

Desert Fall-themed Tall Centerpiece with Roses and Pincushions

Desert Fall-themed Dramatic Centerpiece with Roses and Pincushions

5. Visual Impact: Would you like to take your guests’ breath away when they walk in the room? Or are you inviting people into a large space where there are many centers of activity for the day? Tall, dramatic centerpieces that feature the florals overhead draw the eye to the table with the visual impact, and yet allow guests to comfortably talk to each other across the table.

Once you understand these simple guidelines, choosing the perfect centerpiece is easy and fun! And of course, your floral designer is your perfect partner, supporting you with their wisdom, insight and knowledge of the styles and trends.

The next question is how to communicate everything to your floral designer so they ‘get’ it and support everything you want to accomplish. Check out our post coming soon: 4 Things to tell your Floral Designer when ordering your Holiday Flowers

Flowers are all about the feel – how do you feel? And they are meant to give you personal expression. Be creative in your color choices! Let your designer know the effect you are going for and let their creativity take you to a new dimension of you. Your guests will feel that the arrangement is really you as you express your preferences.

Check out our blog post about Fall 2011 color Trends and our post to keep your flowers long-lasting.

 

Fashion Forward: Color Trends for Thanksgiving and Christmas November 8, 2011

Chocolate Dahlias Pair with Ivory Florals and Succulents

Chocolate Dahlias Pair with Ivory Florals and Succulents

Flowers follow Fashion. The colors and feel, even style we see on the runway lead floral designers and the flower world as well as fashion trends. This year’s Fall and Winter clothing lines saw the typical gloomy grays banished. All of the bright jewel tones that we have been seeing are translated over into more subdued versions for the later season.

 The color ranges were filled with neutrals like maroon camel and caramels; mid-tone colors likes purple, orange, and red; and vivid hues like gold teal and turquoise.

Also big this year in both clothing and beauty is midnight blue. 

Metallic highlights compliement Burgundy Roses, Schwarzwalder Calla Lilies and Bright Dianthus

Metallic highlights compliement Burgundy Roses, Schwarzwalder Calla Lilies and Bright Dianthus

Bright colors, like lemon and orange, are still present in small pops of accessories and highlights. Metallic and shine elements make an appearance to add dimension and texture.

To follow these color trends in your cut flowers and arrangements, try soft, full blossoms like peonies and dahlias, in deep maroons and reds. Pair these blooms with pops of vibrant yellow and metallic hardscape items. Or, incorporate shine with waxy leaves and mirrored containers.

It is less about a key color, and more about the combination. With less attention on the single color or flower, be encouraged to focus on the color harmonies. Mix colors and textures.

Fall Burgundy backdrop for Orange Pincushion with a Modern Pop of Fuchsia Dianthus

Fall Burgundy backdrop for Orange Pincushion with a Modern Pop of Fuchsia Dianthus

Thinking outside the normal color combination will be your best bet. The traditional Autumn colors are still present with yellows, oranges, and taupy browns, but mixing in some less saturated hues of dusty purples and grayed-out pinks will pull your arrangement of out the norm and into the modern.

One color that wasn’t very present in the fashion collections was the hunter green from previous years. Follow this trend by reducing the normal amount of greenery/foliages in your arrangements, opting for neutral twig elements or metallic highlights instead. Even if you don’t pay attention to the seasonal color trends in your wardrobe, most of us automatically assimilate the popular colors into our mind’s idea of what’s in or out.  Keep your arrangements fresh and modern by following color trends and your flowers will convey a sense of style and glamor.

For help thinking through your holiday party, and the perfect floral arrangements, post your question for Lisa or Karin on our Facebook Page, or order a custom floral arrangement and we will call and consult with you before creating it. We are Floral Artists offering Concierge-Level services, such as color consultation, full-service delivery and setup, rental vases and containers for events and parties, and customization for an amazing ‘Wow!’ factor.

 

Using Ceremony Flowers as Reception Decor December 23, 2010

A great cost-effective strategy for weddings is to utilize your ceremony decor and transferring it into your reception area.  Here is an example from Jenna and Sean’s wedding at Foothills Golf Club.

They had two large arrangements at the altar which were later moved into the reception space, placed behind their head table. The bridal bouquet was also on display on the head table, which is another great way to maximize your floral budget.

They also used wax candle vessels to line their ceremony aisle, which were later used on the guest tables at their reception.

The bride’s toss bouquet was displayed on the cake table along with rose petals. Another option is to display the bridesmaids’ bouquets on the cake table as well.

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Thanksgiving Floral Tablescapes November 17, 2010

Do you have a large area in your home or outdoor entertainment area where you would like decor for Thanksgiving? Ask your florist to create a large focal piece, and then gather gourds, pumpkins and fall leaves to create a tablescape.

Tablescape of Fall Florals and Gourds

Think about adding candles, keepsake items or decor from your travels that is meaningful to you as well. Or ask each guest to bring something to add to the tablescape for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Did you know you can ask for more than florals to be included in your arrangement? Vegetables, such as artichokes, kale, turnips, brussel sprouts and many others are wonderful when paired with flowers. Or pears, pomegranates, apples, and other fall fruits. Herbs of all kinds lend themselves well to a harvest feel.

 

Fall Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers in a Fall Harvest Bouquet

Fall Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers in a Fall Harvest Bouquet

And here in Phoenix, we miss the fall colors of the leaves, so ask for fresh or dried fall leaves to be added in also. The ones pictured here are provided to us by Moss’s Unlimited, who practices sustainable harvesting in the forests of Oregon.

Celebrate what is important to you as you give thanks. Invite others into the process by bringing something of value to add to the tablescape. Celebrate life and all the riches we have with a grateful heart this Thanksgiving.

 

Five Wedding Flower Trends October 19, 2010

There are five wedding trends that brides and wedding industry professionals will want to pay attention to.  I will highlight them here, and in the next couple weeks write a post on each of the trends to go into more detail.

The soft, ruffly look of Peonies:

o        In addition to their romance, Peonies are also wonderfully fragrant. Many people who live here grew up in the Midwest, where they are easy to grow in the garden, so they also have a nostalgic feel for them. The styles and combinations with other textures and the presentation bring them into a modern look.

Pink Peony and Ranunculus Bride's Bouquet

Succulents are starting to be more and more popular

o        Incorporating succulents in the bouquets, centerpieces or other floral arrangements is a great way to embrace living here in the desert while still staying with your main color and style theme.

Accent Decor Blog - Succulent Centerpiece

Chocolates have been popular for the last couple years and are still holding brides’ interest.

o        Many people still don’t realize that there are amazing flowers in a deep, dark chocolate, like Schwarzwalder calla lilies, chocolate dahlias and chocolate cosmos.

 

Chocolate Cosmos

Chocolate Calla Lilies

Luscious Chocolate Dahlias and Spunky Green Spider Mums

Candles

o        Because outdoor weddings are so popular here in Arizona, and also at sunset, candles are very popular – they bring romance, and on the practical side, allow guests to see while keeping the lights dimmed. Tablescapes and floating candles are both very trendy right now.

 

Tablescape of Candles and Natural Elements

Monochromatic arrangements – especially in whites and ivories, or purples.

o        Selecting flowers in shades of all one color is an important trend. Instead of matching a particular shade of a color, incorporating flowers of all different shades is a luxurious, exquisite look.

o        Right now, all whites and ivories are very vogue. And purples of all shades – eggplants to grape tones are also popular.

Hydrangea, Ranunculus and Rose Bridal Bouquets

Our next five posts will go into more depth on each trend, with ideas and more pictures!

Thank you to Justine Miller, Accent Decor, and Melissa Jill for their amazing photography and inspiration.

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