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Posted By: Elizabeth Alicot - Posted On: Wednesday, June 24, 2015  Comments: (0)

I get a lot of emails from readers with questions about how to create specific elements of a party like table settings, dessert tables, backdrops, etc. I’ve decided this year I will try and tackle as many of the basic “how to’s” as I can. I tend to forget that even though I can look at a photo’s contents piece by piece to analyze “what works” and why it works, many home entertainers don’t see things in that way. I’m going to try to break it down for you as best I can to help you design prettier parties for you and your guests.

I’ll start with my favorite point of display – the seated table. Specifically I want to talk about the importance of centerpieces and how to arrange them for the most visually pleasing effect.  Using some of my own favorite table designs as examples, here are my secrets to a fabulous centerpiece arrangement.

Sometimes small organic items can go a long way (and without incurring too much cost)


Tile can also serve as a creative runner and can be mixed and matched and used in many different ways.

Final Tips to Remember:

  • Table Runners – Don’t forget about adding table runners. These can add visual interest without taking up table space. Use fabric off the bolt, rolls of craft paper or wrapping paper, ribbon, or other items to create a runner effect.
  • Long Narrow banquet tables – Create mini vignettes down the middle; Create symmetry with simple items that look equally pretty from all sides.
  • Dining Room tables – These are usually much wider and provide more space to create large focal points such as a great flower arrangement or large vases.
  • Round tables – Fill the center of the table with a single vignette that showcases something unique at each direction; Using one large flower arrangement is a classic choice here.

Wild Floral Designs, Flowers for Special Occasions, Interior Floral Designs
Posted By: BcVogue Support - Posted On: Friday, April 11, 2014  Comments: (0)

If you’ve kept up with magazines like Dwell, Domino, Real Simple, and others, you’d know that patio succulent gardens are all the rage in gardening circles.  Most container garden articles have glorious photos of succulents overflowing terracotta pots or stoneware.  Sure they look great, but not necessarily always (although beautiful) the “look” for a modern home.  Mobility is a must for any home, constructed pots from fiberglass, acrylic, etc. are always better choices versus stone, marble, and other heavy pottery material.  You risk not only damaging your floors but quite possibly your back in the process!  Color is very important as well when choosing your succulents, below you will find some beautiful succulents of all sizes and colors and also arranged in quite simple and unique manner where anyone can turn their home into a modern, eclectic - paradise!            

                                                            

Grow Happy, Healthy Succulent Gardens

  • Use fast draining soil when planting in containers.  Like other plants, succulents still need nutrients, so they will not grow well in a mixture made entirely from sand and gravel.  It is best to use a mixture of sand, gravel, and light compost.  You can generally buy specially mixed succulent soil/planting mix at your local garden center.  It is worth the money.  Plus, one small bag will do, unless you plant a dozen containers.
  • Find containers with drainage holes.  They have a small hole in the bottom of the sphere, which drains out into the pedestal.  That makes these succulent pots easy to move around.
  • Avoid re-potting succulents too much. It’s a good idea to select a slow-growing or small specimen for a small pot.
  • Place your newly designed containers in a sunny area.  Succulents staying indoors for a long period of time should be near a sunny window, away from a direct draft from the air-conditioner or heater.
  • Water your succulent containers when the soil is dry.  The amount and timing of water varies by species.  If you buy a plant with a tag, look up that species to see if your plant will need more water at one time of the year versus another.  In general, if the plant starts to look shriveled, it needs water!                                                      
                                  

Wild Floral Designs, Flowers for Special Occasions, Interior Floral Designs
Posted By: BcVogue Support - Posted On: Friday, April 11, 2014  Comments: (0)

                 It was my daughter's 3rd Birthday in June - I was 37 weeks pregnant (which made everything a little harder) but none-the-less it was so much fun to plan and I was very happy with the turn out! <3               Way in advance I had the outfit custom made to match her ranch themed party.

    All pictures were taken by DameDap Photography - the candy was by far the hardest thing to put together- I shopped and researched online and found some amazing sites for candy and other vintage items.  www.sugarmancandy.com and shopsweetlulu.com       All the straw buckets and bandanas were ordered from Oriental Trading Company and Micheal's had amazing farm buckets to place the candy and fruit in. 

 

     All personalized tags and stickers were ordered from Etsy.  (prepare for a LOT of DIY items)

 

                The Davie Ranch provided the face painter and the jump house and pony rides.  Though it was extremely hot (being that we were right smack in the middle of Summer - it was pretty breezy in the ranch)

     All cowboys hats and sheriff goodies were from Oriental Trading Company.

    Signs were made from boards and paint picks purchased at Home Depot.

 

   Lemonade Stand Items were purchased from wholesale restaurant companies - where I was able to buy mason jars, vintage caps, swirly straws, and lemonade jugs in Bulk.  Email me if you are interested as there are too many to name in this blog.

   Balloon Arch, High-Boy Table Tops and Pic-Nic Tables were all rented - Linens were rented from overthetoplinen.com

 

        As a creative keep sake - I had told Damian our photographer to photograph all our guests so that we could send them along with the Thank You notes a picture from Ella's Birthday.  We used mobil frames (purchased at Micheal's and were painted at my shop) - of course all the flower decoration were designed at our studio and made by Blooming Flowers staff!  Balloons were purchased on different Farm Themed websites - again email me if you are interested.

                We also told everyone to bring their "Barn Yard Gear"  to make the party that much more festive!

   They led the birthday girl in a mini parade around the ranch before we sang Happy Birthday to her - needless to say she threw a fit when we tried to remove her from "her" pony.

                The hardest part of Ella's outfit was finding her real cowboy boots - they were special ordered and were quite pricey considering she has never worn them again.

       This Ah-MAZING cake was made by very dear friends of mine who own a company called SUGAR BASH - he is by far the BEST cake designer I have come across and in my industry I have met many.  They made all the dessert items for our dessert station and the cake which was breathtaking!