Posts Tagged ‘centerpiece’

May 21st, 2013 No Comments

easy as 1-2-3, invest in 3 vases and make your centerpieces a breeze all summer long!

If you are expecting a long summer of entertaining friends at home, here is something simple to keep your table looking elegant, but easy. Invest in 3 vases in  the same material (or color) in varying heights to cluster together. These white porcelain vases are from our little blue dish shop and actually look beautiful on their own as well. But even just filling them with 3 flowers looks pulled together. It literally only took about two minutes to do, especially if you can pull flower cuttings from your own garden. Now of course you can fill the vases … Read more

March 19th, 2013 No Comments

tabletop: citrus details bring a table to life

In continuation from yesterday’s post, I mentioned I would share more of the citrus story I created and styled for Martha Stewart Weddings. Above, a floral centerpiece incorporating citrus is the focal point, while a soft orange/yellow cloth lets it stand out.  White china, chairs and clear votives and glassware keep the table light and airy. Below, details of the table, like citrus lollipops covered in clear cellophane with a numbered round sticker to denote the table number. Attached to the lollipops with waxed twine are rectangular calligraphed place cards to personalize each pop (add a bit of … Read more

December 5th, 2012 No Comments

weddings with matthew robbins: bring a welcoming, friendlier edge to vibrant red by pairing it with light tones & accents

“Red is often a color we all shy away from or we completely embrace. There isn’t much compromise when it comes to this vibrant color. I love red tones but don’t always enjoy going the typical route of pairing red with other jewel tones. A great way to bring a welcoming, friendlier edge to this intense color is to pair it with softer, lighter tones and accents as I did here. Instead of a deep, rich table linen I chose a textured, golden wheat tone. The dinner napkins were also an elegant golden yellow tone and even the votive candles … Read more

September 12th, 2012 No Comments

weddings: matthew robbins centerpiece

Matthew Robbins has been contributing for Martha Stewart Weddings for years now. I’m sure you’ve seen his beautiful floral design grace the magazine pages and on television appearances. Matthew released a book this past spring entitled “Inspired Weddings”. Here is a beautiful floral blue and violet centerpiece in a black urn Matthew did for a wedding. Finding special containers and pieces to create a unique celebration environment is one of Matthew’s hallmark traits. If you are looking for something other than your basic glass containers that your local florist might provide, try visiting your local prop house that … Read more

August 22nd, 2012 No Comments

weddings & celebrations: eggplant color inspired floral centerpieces

Our eggplant inspired color palette this week lends itself perfectly to many different varieties of flowers. These gorgeous arrangements are all by Michael George, one of the premiere florists and event planners in New York City. Clockwise: Purple and Pastel Mix, including black callas and ilex berries mixed with soft pastel rambling rose (in a black glass cube), Purple Fringe Tulips, Monochromatic Purple Mix, with hydrangea, roses, tulips and novelties, Black Miniature Calla Lilies, Dark Purple Composition, with dark stock, iris, anemones, rununculus and mini callas, and Chocolate Cosmos in mint julep cup. If you’d like to order any … Read more

August 21st, 2012 No Comments

tuesday’s tabletop: using eggplants, plums, black olives, wine & garlic as your centerpiece

These items all have a beautiful color palette….eggplants, deep plums, black olives, red wine and garlic with a bit of purple striations. Using food as your centerpiece is always pretty and very easy to pick up at the grocery store while you are selecting your food for your menu. By putting these items in black bowls and grounding them with black linens, dishes and glasses, it makes a sophisticated, yet approachable table setting. Black linens and plates might seem a bit dark to some people, but coming from my stylist point of view- it makes food look fantastic! … Read more

August 7th, 2012 No Comments

tuesday’s tabletop: tomato placecard holder & corn grit votive holder

Personalizing a lunch or dinner for friends can be very easy and not so overwhelming. Here using the colors in our tomato color palette this week, all I did was take a toothpick, a piece of paper cut into a flag shape with my friends’ names and poked it into a cherry tomato as a place card holder. This could be an easy lunch or dinner for friends and family. I used fresh vegetables along a cutting board as the centerpiece and served corn soup with cherry tomatoes and crackers as the starter. I took dry corn grits and filled … Read more

July 18th, 2012 No Comments

weddings: a classic wedding reception by Michael George takes cues from the surrounding foliage

Michael George does simplicity so well. His attention to detail and stem finishes and cuts are so precise every arrangement is a piece of art. Here he brought 3 different white flowers together in 3 varying heights and exposed their expertly cut green stems in clear glass vessels to create a visually interesting centerpiece. Though Michael’s perfection in cutting and binding stems is very organized, his event design is so classic, most of his palettes follow natural color combinations and textures so that his events never feel contrived. The varying size and height of the hanging lanterns, combined with … Read more

May 29th, 2012 No Comments

coke centerpiece…easy!

Need an idea for a centerpiece for a last minute party?  I always look around the grocery store to see what I can purchase for a fun centerpiece while I’m doing the shopping- (or as I do in the summer, order directly from to avoid the crowds) A drink is always a quick and easy centerpiece….whether it’s multiple carafs of wine, lemonade, punch, or in this case to be festive in the blue, red and white color palette- old fashioned bottled coke. Most anything used in multiples in the center of a table can make a fun centerpiece. … Read more

May 15th, 2012 No Comments

recycled glass bottles- a simple floral centerpiece idea from lotte & bloom

I stumbled upon this amazing floral design company, Lotte & Bloom, owned by Lotte Lawson and based in Glasgow, Scotland.  Lotte & Bloom is a floral and event design studio that specializes in weddings.  I really liked Lotte’s aesthetic. Check out her site to see samples of some of her work. This (photo above ) is a great idea for a spring or summer centerpiece. Save your glass bottles in different heights and sizes and group together in the center of a round table or down the center of a rectangular table, then just add stems of your favorite … Read more