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If you were to ask me what is one of the best things of summer, I would have to say the ability to go out front or in our backyard and clip some peonies and hydrangeas we have planted. Growing flowers for cutting is such a joy for me so that I can transform into beautiful arrangements, big or small. Also, having readily available flowers are perfect for those days when you have an impromptu gathering or last minute guest visits. It’s a relief when you don’t have to rush out to the grocery store or florist to pick up some fresh flowers!
I noticed that a few of our hydrangeas were at its fullest bloom and if I didn’t cut them, they would eventually die. So I was inspired to create two different arrangements…one for outdoors and one for indoors. Keep reading to see how I created these two ideas for a simple DIY vase arrangement.
Outdoor Arrangement: displayed in a ‘Window Box Planter’
Since this is the season that we spend those most of our time outdoors, I’m always looking for ways to create centerpieces ideal for our outdoor dining table.
To achieve this look, I cut (8) hydrangeas and several leafy hydrangea stems. To arrange the hydrangeas, I used a large glass flower frog. Glass flower frogs are reusable pieces that sit at the bottom of a vase and securely hold your flower arrangement in place, while still getting water.
- A long window box planter (mine shown here is 24″)
- A vintage glass flower frog (size: large/13 hole)
How to assemble:
- Place your flower frog in the center of the planter box
- Fill your planter box with warm water
- Cut your first hydrangea stem to size and insert it in the middle hole of the flower frog. Make sure your hydrangea stem touches the bottom of the base so it can drink the water.
- Take off the leaves on the lower part of the stem (you don’t want the leaves to be submerged in water. Continue to insert each hydrangea stem into the flower frog holes. The center of the arrangement will give you a nice full-looking centerpiece.
- For the left and right sides of the planter box, you will want to fill these empty holes with the greenery leafy stems to add fullness.
Indoor Arrangement: displayed in large glass Cylinder Vases
Whether you’re looking to dress up your dining room table with a centerpiece, decorate a buffet table, or bar cart, these tall arrangements definitely have a wow factor and are very grand! I wouldn’t suggest this type of flower arrangement when setting up a tablescape because viewing your guests will make it difficult to conversate. If you have kitchen island, a couple of these arrangements in various sizes on your counter, will look amazing. Our dining room table fits seating for eight and displaying these large arrangements adds a bounteous cheer and a stunning touch of decoration.
- 16″ glass cylinder vases (depending on the size of your table will determine how many you can fit)
How to assemble:
- Fill your cylinder with water and insert hydranges. If you have a very large bloom, I inserted only one stem and also included the stems of the hydrangea leaves.
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
I recently featured on my insta story, these vintage light blue glasses that my mother bought for me while antiquing. She knows how much I adore colored glassware and my vintage glassware collection is ever-growing! The best part is my mom only paid $0.50 cents for each one!! Amazing, right?! I was inspired to create an outdoor summer tablescape using these glasses and since I do enjoy using my “nice dishes” on our outdoor dining table, I chose dinnerware that coordinated nicely. So today I wanted to share the details with you…
I decided to layer a simple white square dinner plate (that I wanted to serve as a charger) atop white bone china that has a light blue paisley motif. The dinner plate fit perfectly inside the circular indentation of the square plate. I decided against using my salad plates since it had the same design and I didn’t want to be too “matchy”, so I set them aside (In this instance, I would bring out the pre-plated salad to my guests.) As for the flatware, I added a bit of elegance with my striking gold place setting for that bit of sparkle.
Since my color scheme was blue, I knew the perfect flowers to adorn the center of the table would be blue hydrangeas! I was lucky that the grocery store had an abundance of fresh blue and white hydrangeas to choose from. I housed my cluster of arranged hydrangeas in this clear Serafina Vase that has a beautiful clear & white ombré effect!
Finally, I used my Calvin Klein painted floral dinner napkins in a coordinating blue. I pulled the napkins through my Oleg Cassini crystal napkin rings. To complete the look, I tucked some flower petals inside each napkin ring for a soft and delicate look.
I wanted the look of the table to be light and pretty like the soft clear blue skies and puffy white clouds. By keeping the table essentials monochromatic with the same tone-on-tone and a hint of gold because after all a bit of glamour never hurt anyone…I’m happy of the way it turned out and how airy it looked with the outdoor greenery as the backdrop! Hoping you are feeling inspired to create your own blue-inspired tablescape for summer entertaining!
-Photos + Table Styling by Rose Angel Lopez
If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, I rounded-up a mouth-watering collection of floral-inspired desserts to try for Mother’s day. Today, I’m sharing a cocktail that is also floral-inspired. Roses are meant to symbolize LOVE and that was the reason behind sharing my cocktail recipe to be served on Mother’s day.
If you’re hosting a Mother’s day brunch, make it fancier by treating mom to my ‘Vanilla Pink Rose’ cocktail…perfectly paired with one of these floral-inspired desserts! A dash of rose water to the cocktail mix, a drop of pink food coloring, and garnish with an edible rose petal – transforms the appearance of this cocktail to a dainty and may I add, girly one..a beautifully simple and sweet cocktail for spring! My recipe can also be served alone as a dessert cocktail. If you’re going to serve it like this, than do what I did…in these pictures, I actually used my mini coupe glasses!
This refreshing cocktail is sweet but light and tastes even better when you pre-mix. Let the chocolate bean flavor with vanilla scent of the Creme de Cacao, the creamy flavor of the Whipped Vodka and dash of rose water combine longer.
-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez
Wishing all mom’s out there a very Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday! xo
- 1½ oz. Whipped Vodka (I used Pinnacle brand)
- 1 oz. Creme de Cacao (I used Jacquin's brand - white color not dark)
- 1 tsp. Rose Water
- 1 drop, pink food coloring
- 1 edible rose petal to garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
- Add all the above ingredients
- Shake, Pour, and Garnish
- Serve and Enjoy!
If someone was to ask me what’s my favorite room of our house, I would have to say “our living room” and my second favorite is definitely the master bedroom! We have a few projects on our ‘wish list’ that we would like to tackle in the living room and hopefully can start by the end of this year. I love that our living room is wide in size – which helps in creating different zones and this is what we would like to achieve in the near future.
When you walk into our living room, you will always see a fresh flower arrangement taking center stage on a tray stationed on the ottoman. I’m pretty spoiled when it comes to being able to have fresh flowers every other week…it’s one of my guilty pleasures! Fresh blooms simply brightens my day, they never disappoint, they are perfection in every way and it adds such prettiness to any room. This week, I received a spring bouquet of pink tulips in different shades. I decided to not peel off all the leaves and didn’t cut the stem too low. I love when a floral arrangement is not too structured and when working with tulips, especially, I let its natural beauty flow freely as they perk up and point in different directions. I call it ‘dancing tulips’ as they appear to go where they want amongst each other. Oh, what boquet excitement!
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
How are you celebrating Mother’s Day this year? If you need a few ideas, we’ve got you covered today with these elegant tea party ideas!
Mother’s Day is all about showing mom just how much you appreciate everything she’s done for you. Therefore, what’s more perfect than showering her with an afternoon of delicate pastries paired with her favorite teas? Plus, a tea party is the perfect opportunity to put on those sun dresses you’ve been saving for the spring!
To help you plan the perfect Mother’s Day celebration, FTD curated the best tea party ideas around. They created these mood boards featuring ideas for unique centerpieces, creative finger foods and drinks to serve, as well as elegant tablescape ideas to impress mom!
Check out the ideas below to get started on planning the ultimate treat for mom this Mother’s Day!
Top right Photo by: Kristyn Hogan , Florals & Styling: Cedarwood Weddings | Middle left Photo by: Tiny Tots Toy Hire | Middle right Photo by: Pinwheel Collective | Bottom left Photo by: Claire Macintyre Photography |Bottom right Photo by: Ken Kienow Photography