Just back from Richmond and two great shows with Mac Events. Check out what blogger Samantha Wiltshire with i heart mini had to say about my seminars on color! So while I had the honor of headlining the Home Show, our new friend Tara Dillard spoke at Maymont, the flower and garden side of things. It was there that I discovered my latest obsession—Peony's Envy (no comment)—a fantastic resource for lush, beautiful peonies, my absolute favorite flower! Another one I love for their old Hollywood appeal is mums, the incurving variety with round, full blooms. While prepping for Tea At Two, the framing event with Larson-Juhl in January, the mums I found at at the flower market that morning were fantastic and the perfect inspiration for the centerpieces.Scott's?Oasis floral foam. I used the bricks, giving them a good soak before filling the urns. To start, I used the pussy willows and ficus to establish the height and overall shape of the arrangement. as I did here.
Big and beautiful, just what the double-height space needed. The table toppers are simply widths of burlap, their edges frayed for a more finished look. Planning this party, I'd been inspired by Afternoon Tea at the Plaza, where dainty tea sandwiches and linzer torte cookies are served on sterling silver platters. If high tea is something you're thinking this spring, save yourself some time and buy your favorite chicken or egg salad from the grocery store, give it a few pulses in the processor, and spread onto Pepperidge Farms Very Thin Bread. Cut into finger sandwiches and serve on platters at varying heights. Oh, and if you need a cute centerpiece idea, this one on the smaller side, stuff tea cups with floral foam and fill them with pretty garden roses.Larson-Juhl, they were the perfect arrangements for a tea party and framing event to remember.