As Memorial Day creeps towards us, we all have to prepare for all of those summer holidays, pool parties, and barbeques with family and friends. Although your garden may be in full bloom, don’t forget to incorporate flowers in your decorations, both inside and out!
Make your summer barbeque more memorable with floral arrangements on the tables. They say that color affects the way a food is perceived to taste. In fact, certain studies have shown that brightly colored food seem to taste better than bland-looking food. In lieu of serving a colorful spread; simply make some flower arrangements to place on the tables along with your dishes. The flowers will not only enhance to look of your food, but they will add an ambiance! Remember to use bold colors when choosing your flowers and a more neutral table cloth. This small detail will make your flowers pop even more on your table. Lastly, if you’re having a 4th of July barbeque, be sure to continue the red, white, and blue theme to you flowers!
If barbeques are too casual for you, try hosting an outdoor dinner party. Start with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres around six or seven o’clock so you can soak up the last bit of the summer sun. Then light some candles on your table and around your outdoor dining area and serve dinner! Flowers will only add to the sophistication and elegance of your dinner party.
Flowers are not just for your table. They can also be a decorative accent for you to wear! Try throwing a Hawaiian Luau and make homemade leis. The ladies can also wear flowers behind their ears in traditional Hawaiian fashion! Not only is this a great way to incorporate an “arts and crafts” aspect to your event, as making your own personal lei is a great way to get children of all ages involved, but it also transforms a typical summer barbeque into a memorable experience. Also, don’t forget to garnish your dishes with orchids!
For those of you that are the host of pool parties, decorations are key! Flowers are an easy way to add color to your pool by simply cutting the flower where the head meets the stem and then letting the flowers float in the water! Gerbera daisies floating in your pool would definitely enhance a fun atmosphere. Whether you are celebrating the 4th of July or a birthday, a personal touch like that is not going to go unnoticed by your guests. Even if you are having an outdoor event, adding flowers to your pool will create a elaborate atmosphere!
My mom always told me, “Try not to wear a lot of white before Memorial Day, and definitely no white after Labor Day.” Whenever I heard this mantra I knew that summer was approaching! Fortunately, this fashionable maxim does not apply to flowers. It actually may be the opposite! If you’re planning a wedding for the summer season, here’s some advice…
When you are planning a summer wedding, let the aspects of the season guide your wedding flower choices. Try to personify the cool summer breeze, the colors of the red sky at sunset, or the warmth of the sand in your floral arrangements. There are lots of ways to incorporate the ambiance of summer into your wedding flowers. Punchy colors, cool greenery, and playful accents give summer wedding flowers a little kick. Something as simple as adding shells to your beach wedding bouquet will add elegance to your summer wedding!
Remember that smaller bouquets are appropriate for most summer weddings, as larger bouquets tend to wilt more easily. You also want to keep your flowers looking light and natural, so stick with bouquet shapes like organic, round, or small cascade. A loosely tied bunch of white daisies makes a perfect summer wedding bouquet.
Try not to choose off-season flowers. When you select your flowers, choose varieties that are blooming in the summer. Flowers that aren’t in season for summer are more likely to wilt and discolor in the heat. Flowers that are seasonal in your area or in similar climates will work best.
Here’s a list of some summer flowers…
Alstroemeria: Also known as a Peruvian Lily is available in yellow, purple, and violet. They are beautiful, exotic looking flowers.
Chrysanthemum: These summer blooms come in large and compact varieties. Colors range from white, red, yellow, purple, pink, and orange.
Gerbera Daisy: These friendly flowers will add brightness to any wedding bouquet or centerpiece. They come in a variety of beautiful colors like vibrant yellows, pinks, and oranges.
Sunflower: Sunflowers epitomize summer! Large or small varieties make a terrific summer wedding flower arrangement.
Rose: The traditional wedding flower! Roses don’t always have to be red. They come in a variety of shades and colors.
Orchid: A tropical flower in many exotic colors including white, pink, and purple. A lovely selection for a beach wedding.
Calla Lilly: A gorgeous bloom in an amazing array of colors from white, pink, lavender, red, yellow, orange, and many more.
Lastly, don’t forget to always have fun with color, it is summer of course! Summer wedding flowers can be as bold and bright as you want them to be. Combinations of vibrant brights will make a poised statement at your wedding, or mix brights with pastels for a more subdued look. Color combinations like coral and turquoise, orange and light green, and hot pinks with lighter shades of pink look fresh for summer!
And probably the most important advice, make sure to keep your flowers fresh! During the summer months you’ll be dealing with a lot of heat and humidity. Remember to keep a watchful eye over your wedding flowers on the big day. Make sure that bouquets and centerpieces get plenty of water and are spared from extreme heat conditions as much as possible. Keep flowers in refrigeration or air-conditioning as long as possible before you walk down the aisle. Also, place bouquets into water when you’re not using them.
It’s that time of year again…
As high school students across the nation prepare for the most exciting event of their high school career (besides graduation). Yes, it’s PROM SEASON!!
Times have changed and the modern-day proms have little resemblance to the proms of yester-year. Most proms today are held in elaborate banquet halls where teens arrive in lavish limousines dressed to the nines. Girls flaunt their handcrafted updos and manicured fingers, as they dance the night away.
Although the prom may be a Cinderella moment for all the young ladies out there, the price tag for this extravagant evening can cause havoc with parents and threaten to bankrupt a household budget. From the dress, the shoes, the hair, the nails, the limo, the prom ticket, the tux, and the roll of film you’re going to need to capture the “pre-prom pictures”, you could spend a small fortune. Not to mention, you still need to get her a corsage and him a boutonniere!
This year, try saving some money by making your own corsages and boutonnieres! Moms, I know what you’re thinking, “One more thing I have to do!” Well, let this be an opportunity for your daughters and their girlfriends to give you a hand and make their prom flowers memorable! Try having a “Corsage and Boutonniere Party” where a bunch of you get together and make custom corsages and boutonnieres! Here’s a fantastic video to show you that it’s not as hard as it seems Project Green Prom: How to make your own corsage.
Ladies, we all know your date is supposed to get you a corsage. But as my dad always says, “If you want to do something right, you have to do it yourself.” Make his life a little easier by making your corsage for him, this way you know that you’ll like it and it will compliment both your dress and his tie perfectly! Remember, the prom is all about the experience and fabulous memories you’re going to make! I think that this would be a perfect way to make your prom even more memorable, while saving money.
Just some closing advice, in a nod to the Latin elegance, 2010 prom trends call for larger flowers, especially exotics. Boutonnieres offer complementary splashes of color against solid backgrounds. Have fun creating your prom masterpieces!!