Posts Tagged ‘Dinner Party’

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Christmas Fun with Red and Green Florals

by Stephen Rittner on December 1, 2016 at 11:45 am

Christmas Flowers - Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, BostonChristmas means many different things to many different people. For some, it represents the birth of Jesus. For others, it represents peace on earth and goodwill to one another. To others, it represents winter weather and sports, wonderful sales and lots of presents. Regardless of your beliefs, Christmas is celebrated worldwide. Let flowers express your favorite parts of the Christmas season.

I enjoy celebrating with the traditional Christmas colors of red and green. Flowers can be designed and displayed in so many joyous ways in reds and greens. Here are just a few examples, and your local florist has so many more. Visit their shop for expertise and a truly festive experience.

A floral arrangement with berries, vines and evergreen foliage evokes a natural Christmas feeling.  Read More

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Easy-Peasy Thanksgiving Decorating

by Leanne Kesler on November 16, 2016 at 10:05 am

Thanksgiving Flowers — Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, www.floraldesigninstitute.comFiery-hued leaves, cinnamon spiced cider, cornstalks, snuggly sweaters, shiny rain boots and pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING! Did you know? There are Pumpkin Spice Cherrios. (Really!) This is the time of year to gather together with friends and family. With the shorter daylight hours and colder temperatures, there is nothing better than entertaining at home. Cozy evenings by the fire, casual dinners and fabulous feasts are in order. And, Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Autumn entertaining always sounds great. Then, reality sets in. Is the house ready? When was the last time you dusted? Do you have the right hostess outfit? Can the guests wear shoes in the house? And, in today’s jargon, are you “Instagram” ready?

Take a deep breath. With these simple tips, you’ll be ready for Thanksgiving in no time. Read More

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Pavé Floral Designs Rock My World

by Shelby Shy on September 19, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Pave-IMG_9280-Photo-Courtesy-Shirley's-Flowers-&-GiftsPavé floral designs are pure perfection in my world right now. If you are not familiar with this type of floral design, you need to get familiar. If your style is clean, tailored, lush and sophisticated, then this design style is for you.

The term is borrowed from jewelry making, which refers to gem stones set closely together so that no metal is visible underneath.

In a pavé floral design, flower stems are cut short and are clustered tight together to create a dense and lush arrangement.

These type of arrangements are perfect for coffee tables at dinner parties. They are great conversation starters. Read More

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Cool Flowers for Hot Summer Nights

by Leanne Kesler on July 5, 2016 at 6:43 am

Bohemian Centerpiece — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonIt’s time to take the party outside! The garden is blooming, the patio is warm and the sky is blue.

Nothing is easier than outdoor entertaining. Fire up the barbecue, fill a bucket with ice to keep the drinks cold and set the table for a casual feast. Freshly cut flowers from the garden casually dropped into a vase look fabulous in the evening light. At dusk, the candles come out to extend the evening just a little longer.

Entertaining at home is one of my favorite parts of the summer season. Stop by my house most any day of the week from June to September and you’ll find me relaxing with friends in the back yard.  Oh, what a wonderful fantasy. Read More

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Welcoming Summer Guests with Flowers

by Carol Caggiano on June 20, 2016 at 5:41 am

Sunflowers and Eryngium - Photo Courtesy Carol Caggiano, AIFD, PFCIEntertaining is one of my favorite past times. I love having guests over, and there is just something special about inviting them in the summertime. Summer entertaining can be relaxing and casual, really leaving time for conversation and “catching up” on all of our busy lives. Cooking on the grill and eating outdoors is perfect for a memorable summer afternoon or evening.

Flowers are important to me and I use them to welcome my summertime guests just as I do throughout the rest of the year. However, in summer I can often combine the seasonal blooms I purchase from my local florist with accents from my garden.

Just this week, I picked up some petite sunflowers and eryngium (blue thistle) to create a centerpiece for the dinner I was preparing to have on my porch with my neighbors. I added fresh mint from my garden.

Not only did it look great, its fragrance was spectacular and combined perfectly with the aroma of steak and veggies. Rosemary is another garden favorite that combines well with seasonal blooms and also lends not only texture but a very nice scent to the bouquet as well. Read More