Friday, May 30, 2008

Ribbon love

Had to post this photo of two wonderful stacks of ribbons. We are doing a wedding at Woodend, the Audubon Society mansion in Chevy Chase, MD and we will decorate a metal railing near the grove where the ceremony will take place with a swag made from the cream/pink/beige ribbons, and will make a more elaborate one for the inside staircase with the other sherbert colors. I love taking a group of colors and swagging them together - we have used ribbon groups to decorate Christmas trees and table edges and love how festive it looks.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sample centerpiece

Lately we are into sherbert colors - it must be spring! Hal made this sample yesterday to show to a bride - he used lime green baby hydrangeas, orange Finesse roses, peach Fema roses and pink Ballet roses and green dendrobium orchids. So pretty....

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The first wedding of the summer

On Sunday we did our first wedding of the summer. It was the most elaborate wedding we have produced and thanks to the wonderful staff at the Capitol Hilton which is located 2 blocks from the White House, we had a great experience.

The photos show the chuppah we built. The bride wanted a round one and we made it with my husband's help. The underside had pleated satin fabric covering it and the sides and legs were draped with a similar satin. We added a garland of plumosa fern, varigated pittosporum and ruskus and decorated that with peach and cream roses, white hydrangea and dendrobium orchids.

The wedding pieces themselves were white and light green. More pictures to come on this event.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Garden Party at Landon

Last night there was a garden party in the Perkins Garden, the amazing azalea garden at The Landon School. It was a beautiful sunny evening. The client wanted white and green flowers only, so we used wonderful green and white parrot tulips, Green Goddess callas, green Bells of Ireland and white hydrangeas in several different containers.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Holton party

Tonight, Hal and I made many different types of arrangements for a party in McLean, Virginia. The house is painted and furnished in very pale colors of teal, beige and cream so we kept a fairly quiet palette of greens, creams and whites with a little touch of orange on the tables out on the deck. The green calla arrangement added a little drama to the entry and the rest of the pieces were subtle and calm.

Parasol tent

Here are two photos of the ceiling of the tent at the Landon reunion last week - our friend Ann devised this idea of the different colors of parasols hung from clothesline and twinkle lights - it was so beautiful and clever, I thought I needed to showcase just the ceiling.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Wedding sample

Hal made this large arrangement for a bride to approve. He used white dendrobium orchids, a few white and blush cymbidiums tucked in and some varigated lily grass.

Landon Mother's Day

I made this piece for Landon's Mother's Day - a day that moms come to campus and go to classes with their boys. I used large euphorbia, yellow roses, eucalyptus and some large curly willow and put it all in a birch bark lined glass vase.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

We did a group of arrangements to be given away to the chairs of the Azalea Festival last week - they wanted a pink arrangement with Stargazer lilies, beautiful Carousel roses, lavender parrot tulip and pink ranuculus.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Grandmother's Tea at Holton

We did the centerpieces and a buffet arrangement for the annual Grandmother's Tea today at Holton. We used sherbert colors for the centerpieces and a brighter spring palette for the European style buffet piece.

Hal made a couple of beautiful arrangements for his friend Lori's dad's 90th birthday party tonight. He used cream Message roses, cream brunnia, small Black Beauty roses and lime green hydrangeas, light orange Parrot tulips and a burgandy Wax flower- an unusual color combination and just wonderful.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Today I hosted a baby shower for my good friend Becca. She is a design fanatic like me and I tried to make this a memorable event without resorting to making a diaper cake or forcing the guests to play cheesy games. So I combined the idea of a ladies tea with a baby shower. The flavor of ginger became a theme (and I was not thinking about how good ginger is for morning sickness). We made ginger cupcakes with crystallized ginger in both the cake and frosting and decorated them with the typical baby sugar decorations. We also served green tea ginger ale. A friend made madelines and Becca's mom made lemon curd tarts. Tea sandwiches and chicken salad on raddichio leaves were also on the menu. I made her a crown to wear and hung a glitter letter banner over the dining room doors. Outside on the patio I filled her mom's antique tea cups with blue delphinium, pink roses and lily of the valley. The zebra is the high chair is a sock doll made from an old pair or Becca's socks by my friend Lucy Tracy, a weaver in Bar Harbor, Maine. It was a beautiful day.

Landon Azalea Festival party

This weekend Landon School is holding its annual azalea festival. They sell plants and gifts and their wonderful azalea garden, dedicated to twin boys who died in World War II, is open to the public. The variety of azaleas is breathtaking. There was an opening party on Thursday night and we helped the volunteers make simple centerpieces - a single cymbidium stalk in a water filled cylinder, and we made a large buffet arrangement, pictured here. My friend Ann was in charge of the total decor and thought to hang 100 paper parasols upside down from 6 cords hung from the top of the tent - it was lovely and clever.