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Tip of the Day: Condiment Jar Vases

In Tips on April 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm
Next time you finish a jar of mustard or bottle of vinegar don’t toss them.  Throw them in the dishwasher for a quick bath and reuse as flower vases.  Simply peel off the labels the best you can and wrap with brown, white or colored tissue paper.  Tie with a piece of twine or string.  Fill up with water and arrange flowers inside.  It’s a great way to save money and the earth!  Not to mention, the different sizes and shapes give a wonderful rustic look on any table. Happy partying!

Flower Arrangements 101: The Low Down on Decorating with Blooms

In Features on March 15, 2011 at 9:26 am

Adding flowers is one of the easiest ways to turn up the volume in your party space.  They take up limited room and when done right can make a big impact. Here are some simple guidelines to help simplify the arranging process.  Remember, this is a creative process.  Don’t be afraid to let your artistic juices flow. There’s no right or wrong way to create a masterpiece, I mean, centerpiece!

Keep it Low – Make sure arrangements are low enough for guests to see across the table.

Think outside the Table – Try placing arrangements in other locations besides the dining table.  Try the mantel, bookshelf, sideboard, buffet table, coffee table and even the bathroom.  Fresh flowers brighten even the smallest of spaces making them feel more alive and fresh.

Big isn’t Always Better – Arrangements don’t have to be large and expensive.  A few small grouping of flowers can be just an effective as large sprays of lilies and roses.

Quality over Quantity – Pick flowers just like you would produce in the grocery store.  Look for what is fresh, vibrant and not fully bloomed yet.  Choosing flowers just getting ready to blossom will last longer, giving you more bang for your buck.

Be Creative – A centerpiece doesn’t have to be just one vase in the center of the table.  Try scattering small arrangements down the middle of the table, or grouping several at each guests’ place.  A single large bloom floating in a shallow bowl can even make a powerful statement.  Another fun technique, use large vases and completely submerge flowers in water.  Add a waterproof LED light for extra sparkle.

Less is More – Keep the colors simple.  Choose a palette of 1-3 colors and no more than 3 shapes or textures.

Odds are Better than Evens – Odd numbers work best.  Work in groups of 1,3 or 5 of each color, texture or shape.

Color, Color, Color – Monochromatic arrangements are simple and stunning.  If you’re more comfortable blending color use shades that are near each other on the color wheel.  For instance, red/orange or red/pink.  These combinations are more sophisticated and easier on the eye than contrasting colors.

Think Seasonal – Let the season be your guide. Soft shades of pinks and greens for spring, bright vibrant yellows and oranges for summer, white for winter and deep jewel tones for fall.

There’s More than Just Flowers – Branches, leaves, and vines can all make cost-effective and long-lasting centerpieces.  Arrange in tall glass vases to create a dramatic and simplistic effect.

Make Sense of Scents – Avoid flowers with strong scents on the dining table.  The aromas can conflict with the food and overwhelm the senses.  Leave the stronger smelling flowers for bathrooms and entryways.

Steal if you Need to (no, not flowers, ideas) – Don’t be afraid to look to magazines, books and the Internet for inspiration.  If you see something you like bringing it with you when you go shopping.

Go Local – Whenever possible support local farmers and growers.  If you have access to a farmers market make an effort to buy your flowers there.  You’ll get the best quality for your money.

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