1. DIY Spring Bouquet & Flower Arranging Tips


    I am truly in love with this week’s garden party tabletop, and I have to say that the flowers are really the focal point bringing the whole look together. Inspired by an array of Spring floral arrangements I found on Pinterest, I reached out to my friend Carly {follow her at @Carlyragosta) to help me bring my vision to life. In awe of her flower market finds, I had to have her break down the look so we {yes, you and I!} can re-create them in the future. Thankfully she put together an easy shopping list to help us out… and since this isn’t my first rodeo, I figured I would share a few tips from flower arranging on the regular. So here we go….

    1. What are the stunning flowers in these arrangements? Peach Anemones, Iris, Ranunculus, Lisianthus, and Ixia. Not featured were English Garden Roses in a different picture on my table, which are also a favorite flower of mine. Whether you plan to buy them individually or arrange a few together, you are bound to create something stunning!
    2. Ok so you want to create this at home? We used 2 low round vases {this for the larger and this for the smaller}. Carly started with the larger of the vases and arranged the larger blooms first, then slowly added in the more delicate ones and the greenery. Personally I always like my arrangements in clusters of 2, so for the smaller vase we just did a few sprigs of ixia to compliment in color.
    3. We used small vases that were tight and compact so the flowers weren’t too flimsy. If you are struggling to keep flowers in their place, consider picking up a flower foam from your local flower shop or craft store. Just be careful with foam because if you aren’t super careful you can break stems along the way!
    4. Still nervous about where to place certain flowers? Make sure to have your inspiration photos {wink wink this post will do!} handy. I created an entire Floral Inspiration Board on Pinterest that I use {in all seriousness, “copy”} weekly to create flower arrangements for my tables. I update my board almost daily with new seasonal flowers in different color palettes, so it’s a great place to find inspiration if you are looking!
    5. Lastly, you spent all this money and time on your flowers so you want them to last! Ask your florist for flower food or follow some at-home-remedies here.

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  2. Garden Party Menu

    Tea Party FoodsMaison Kayser Pastries

    Monday’s garden party tabletop was a stunner, so what’s a gal to serve at a party this fabulous? Everything decadent of course! And while the selection of the proper foods is important, equally as much so are the displays they are put on. So for this party I took out my gold bar cart to display an array of treats on a three tier cake stand {inspired by this photo}. Then over on my dining table I filled a wooden cheese board with cheeses and crackers {as seen in this post}. Here are all the little details {and tons of tips} so you can bring the perfect party to life…

    For your salty and savory fare, I recommend various tea sandwiches like this adorable cucumber sandwich with herbed cream cheese spread, a cheese selection like this beautiful cheese tower or this elaborate cheese board, and a melt-in-your mouth crostini like this goat cheese red pepper baguette topped with cherry tomatoes. Don’t forget that floral arrangements are equally as important alongside your buffets as they are on your table… even a few simple ranunculus stalks can look so elegant!

    Three tiered cake standTea Party Cakes and Treats

    For your sweet tooth lovers, an array of elegant pastries are a must. Get domestic and bake a batch of cranberry scones or assemble a tray of mini strawberry shortcake cups. Or for the less domesticated {and tight-for-time} hostesses, head to your local bakery for mini carrot cakes, strawberry shortbread, petit fours, and of course macarons. Serve your baked goods with small dessert plates and have an array of fresh jams and sea salted butter to spread! Don’t forget special cocktail napkins for your serving stations. These bright pinks are from Emily McCarthy and the linen ones are Mark and Graham.

    For drinks, Pellegrino {displayed like this on the bottom level of your bar cart}, Rosé wine {Whispering Angel} or Sparkling Rosé {Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé} are not only perfect for Spring time sipping but will also match flawlessly back to the table. I love these Anthropologie Fleur-de-lys glasses to make the Pellegrino a bit more elegant!

    FH-MAY-finals-13Scones and Jam

    Last but not least, a parting gift is the perfect way to end your day! Guests should be so full by this point that they can hardly think of eating another bite, so how adorable are these mini Volupsa macaron scented candles as a party favor. All the sweetness minus the guilt!

    Rose wine and MacaronsRose wine and Macarons for your tea party

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  3. Host a Garden Party

    Spring Flowers + Macarons + Rose wineMacarons are the perfect dessertSpring Bouquets

    While my photographer was away the last few weeks, I had a bit of extra time on my hands to brainstorm for my next Spring tabletop. I headed to Pinterest where I quickly fell in love with the stunning outdoor entertaining elements that Spring allows, and excitedly began to create a garden party board collecting all of my favorite pictures. The common themes throughout these images were the stunning Spring floral arrangements, the bright plates and glassware, and the daintiest party foods displayed on gorgeous cake stands. I started a list of my favorite ideas which came together to create this beautiful tabletop. Because I am so in love with the way this came out, I want the “Garden Party” theme to last throughout the week. Today I am kicking it off with this tablescape, Wednesday I will post on “what to serve” for the luxurious nibbles, and Friday will be a “DIY tutorial” for how to re-create these floral centerpieces. I hope you have as much fun taking in this Spring table as I did creating it!

    Anthropologie Bee Plates, West Elm gold flatwareHost a Garden Party

    When envisioning this table I wanted to incorporate a lot of greens, so the first thing I picked out were the plates, and these {which look like China!} from Anthropologie are perfectly refined yet fun! These Fleur-de-Lys glasses {only $8!} and Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch lettuce wear canapé plates matched perfectly to the green as well. For wine, I wanted to serve rosé to add a touch of soft pink to the table, which I served in my Juliska Amalia wine glasses. And to finish off the look I am on a serious gold kick, so I chose my West Elm gold flatware.

    Table closeups at your garden tea partyFH-MAY-finals-4Anthropologie Plates

    Then I wanted a few more accents on the table to bring in pops of color. One item that I placed simply for decorative purposes was an antique teapot {similar} which has a delicate floral design. Next I took a cupcake pedestal from Pottery Barn and packed it with a heaping pile of bright macarons. The main display of treats and snacks took place over on my Target gold bar cart {only $129 and has been one of my favorite purchases for entertaining!}, which I filled with endless baked goods {more to come on this on Wednesday}.

    Dessert Display for your tea partyScones and Jam for your tea party

    I am so in love with the way the table came out {as were the guests I had over to feast after the photo shoot!}. Cheers to my favorite tabletop this year!

    The perfect Spring tablescape

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