Simple Steps to Spectacular – DIY Mother’s Day Floral Secrets

How to Turn Basic Grocery-Store Flowers into Stunning Professional Bouquets

Have you ever wished you had a green thumb that could transform ho-hum flowers into a fabulous and chic bouquet? It isn’t as hard as it sounds! Ditch those boring gifts and passé flower arrangements…  Large_white_flower

Remember, the key to any special gift is the personal touch. So why buy the predictable bunch of flowers? Be a little creative this Mothers Day and create a truly special Mothers Day bouquet!

 

Cello Wrapped French Bouquets – Every bouquet comes with cellophane wrapping, but this wrapping generally looks tired and bland! Transform your bouquet into a breathtaking masterpiece by layering cellophane around long stems of freshly-picked spring blooms. Think roses, hydrangea, or tulips! Or another really quick and easy presentation upgrade for the grocery store bouquet is to remove the cellophane and use wallpaper remnants or gift paper with coordinating tissue to wrap those blooms in high-end style.

Elegant Monofloral Collections –– The hottest new floral trend from Paris is monofloral arrangements! Pick your favorite bud in numerous colors. Arrange with an artistic, yet simple flair—and voila! You have a beautiful Parisian display!

Spring_display_pink_roses_pink Stylish Monocolor Arrangements – Another hot trend from Paris is monocolor arrangements. Choose your favorite color in a wide range of flower choices. Make sure all the flowers are as close in color as possible. Add a similar colored ribbon or pot and you have a breathtaking arrangement!

4-Tiered Bouquet – Choose four separate but similar grocery-store bouquets. Mix-and-match them until you come up with a chic and unique arrangement that is anything but bland! To create something special, hold each bunch by the stems with your hand just under the blossoms, cut all the stems off at once, approximately two inches under your hand. Repeat for all four bouquets. Then combine into one large bunch and tie with a ribbon by holding the bottom of the stems with your thumb and winding the ribbon up and around until reaches the blossoms fold the ribbon under and use a pearl headed pin or hat pin to fold it in place.         Table_display

 

 

Blossoming Hydrangea Plants – Buy four blossoming hydrangea plants at a discount garden center, pack all four into a decorative pot, cover the dirt with moss and wrap a bow around the stems so they appear as one thriving plant. For those not confident in creating complementary color selections, monochromatic is a chic fall-back. Purchase all the same color plants, matching the ribbon and the pot. Plants are a welcome respite from flowers—and they really bring the spring mood to life!

Green Eco-Friendly Flowers– A Lucite box filled with interesting and unusual flowers. Add a touch of wheatgrass for a true Green Queen. Complete the theme by adding natural and organic gifts—think organic teas, organic chocolates, or beautiGreen_lilies_and_candle_displauy ful recycled stationary. Green never looked so good!

Exotic Bulbs – An orchid plant is a welcome alternative to cut flowers. Remember after purchasing one of these exotic beauties, remove the plastic pot by re-potting into a simple terracotta container or an elegant, Asian porcelain. Remove all metal supports and replace them with twigs and raffia—gorgeous!

Remember, Mother’s Day is May 13. That gives you plenty of time to run out to the local grocery store and turn blah bouquets into fabulous works of art! Stand out from the crowd this holiday—be sure to have the most unique and chic arrangement of the bunch!

Effortless Easter Brunch…Welcome the Easter Bunny in style!

The Easter entertaining frenzy is just around the corner! Whether you are entertaining formally or informally, you want to be sure that your Easter brunch is just as classy and unique as you are! Forget the old Easter bunny cut-outs and Jell-o molds—here are easy tips that will help you have the most en vogue Easter brunch in town:

Centerpieces fit for spring:

Potted spring bulb collection: Nothing says spring like fresh, colorful flowers! Go down to your local Farmer’s Market or florist and purchase the latest array of potted spring bulb arrangements. Add a distinctive flair by decorating with a moss covering. Then, add an elegant ribbon treatment around the covered pots and add some more moss between the various pots for the finishing touch.

Hint: Take this floral arrangement to the next level by arranging an array of votive candles around the bulb collections. Add silk ribbons to the votives and light the candles for instant ambience. Fabulous!

Fresh painted egg display: Easter is all about eggs—but forget the pastel plastic eggs of yesteryear! Place a layer of fresh grass on top of a cake stand. Coordinate a collection of painted eggs on top of the grass. You can decorate them stylishly with an Easter Egg kit, or you can allow the kids to let their imaginations run wild! Either way, you will have a colorful, festive centerpiece that attracts the eye! And, for an additional, fresh finish, you can tuck an array of spring blooms in between the painted eggs.

Voila! These simple, easy tips will take your Easter centerpieces will take your from dull to delightful!

Fun and Festive Menu Ideas…To Prepare with the Kids:

Spice up your Easter party this year! Here are the latest new trends in entertaining to give your party that extra sparkle:

Easter Buffet: The buffet is the hot, new entertaining trend. Guests serve themselves, so the hostess doesn’t have to run herself ragged! (Sounds good, huh?)

Menu Ideas: Fruit parfaits, Egg soufflés, Croissants, Sausage/pepper/pineapple skewers…fresh new ideas that the kids will love to help prepare!

Creative Buffet Display: Remember, presentation is key! Using height in presentation is the new—and easy!—way to add extra glamour to your table. Use serving trays, single cake stands and tiered cake stands to make a visually interesting display.

Easter Fruit Flower Arrangement: Tired of the usual spring flower displays? Try a fruit flower arrangement—elegant and edible! For the perfect sweet finish, serve an arrangement of fruits displayed like a colorful festive centerpiece and finished with ‘bunnies’ on top. (Available from Fruit Flowers).

Perfection! Now sit back and smell the roses…spring has arrived!