AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
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Flowers at events: they’re beautiful, colourful, fun, eco-friendly, and possibly best of all, will provide your home with added warmth and ‘sparkle’ for days, weeks or even years (when potted) to come! But as stunning as they are, how exactly do you create that wow factor with floral arrangements? How do you create something so beautiful and unique that your guests are in awe from the moment they arrive? With some help from our friends at 'Flowers for Everyone’, we answer these questions and more. So whether you’re after some subtle touches in the background of your celebration, a statement in the centrepiece of your main table or seasonal blooms that will compliment your event perfectly, this article is a must read for you!
COLOURS ARE EVERYTHING
Before kicking things off, there is one important tip worth mentioning. To guarantee a beautiful backdrop for your event, you need to decide on (and stick to) a colour palette.
But what does this have to do with flowers?
Well, it means that your job isn't just about choosing the type of bloom to decorate your venue with; it's also thinking about that particular flower's colour. For example, you're hosting a circus party with a palette of light blue, red, white and bright yellow. Everything from the food and drink to the rest of your decor is in this theme; meaning flowers of the same colour will be a welcome addition. BUT, if you were to use pink flowers at your circus party instead (when everything else is blue, red, white and yellow), it wouldn't have the same effect.
A small detail that makes a big difference - when everything used to set the scene at your event compliments each other, you really can't go wrong!
DECORATING YOUR EVENT WITH FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS
FLOWERS IN A VASE
Adding fun and colour to your party is made easy with vases! See below for some unique ways to include these handy items in your decor:
COLOURED VASES - FUN & FULL OF PERSONALITY
If you happen to have a vase in one of your theme colours, don't let it go to waste! These are great for adding extra fun and personality to your celebration; and when filled with a stunning assortment, also work perfectly as a statement piece.
Tip: Use your coloured vases in the middle of your dining table, as a beautiful feature on your dessert and/or gift table, or as a 'welcome to the party' near the entrance to your venue.
GLASS VASES - ELEGANT & VERSATILE
Clear glass vases can be used in so many ways! Fill them with greenery and flowers that suit your party palette, cluster them together in mismatched heights, shapes and/or sizes, dress them up with ribbons, attach them to walls or even hang them from string (more about this in the next point).
Tip: If you don't have the cash to splash on beautiful clear glass vases, save the glass jars from your cupboard instead. After a good clean they can be filled with beautiful blooms and provide a very similar look for less. That being said, if you'd rather have actual vases on display, visit your local op shop where there is almost always a selection to choose from.
HANGING VASES - MAKE A UNIQUE STATEMENT
Events are the perfect time to have a bit fun with decorations - creating new and unique ways to display everyday items. And what better way to change up your usual flower decor than by hanging your vases from branches, walls or ceilings?!
As you can see in the picture below, there are a number of ways to do this. Whether you hang small vases filled with one or two flowers, baskets (in a variety of sizes) filled with beautiful arrangements, miniature terrariums, or the totally on trend Macrame plant hangers, they are bound to become one of your most impressive style choices at your celebration.
Tip: Large hooks can be used to hold up branches indoors. Nail them into your roof or wall (making sure they are level) and then slide your branch or pole into place as you do when hanging curtain rods. From here you can get creative - use twine or thick string to hang small jars, vases, baskets or even individual flowers... and if that doesn't work, you can always hang your vases from string lights. Once this is done, step back and admire your incredibly cool handy work!
WOODEN VASES - RUSTIC BEAUTY
Wooden vase, such as the set pictured below, will instantly grab guests' attention with their beautifully unique take on flower display. For a rustic yet sophisticated touch to any event, simply fill with greenery and blooms to match your overall palette - it's that easy!
Tip: These stunning vases also make the best home decor. This means you can purchase them for your event, display them in your home, and then use them at future events in need of some rustic magic. Alternatively, gift them to your bride-to-be following her special celebration; they will become a beautiful reminder of a day well spent with friends and family.
DISPLAY TIPS: FLOWERS IN A VASE
As you can see, there are a number of different ways to include vases in your event. If you're still stuck for display options, consider the following for inspiration:
WOODEN PLANTERS & CRATES
Planter boxes and crates look amazing when filled with flowers! So why not take advantage of their stunning appearance and use them as part of your event decor? A little bit different to the usual vases, they will add a touch of uniqueness to your celebration that everyone will love.
Tip: As they're 'boxes' you can stack them! Just make sure you leave sections of each box sticking out slightly, allowing space to add flowers. A beautiful option for any kind of event, but especially those with a farmhouse/rustic twist.
OUR PICK: Etsy has a wonderful range of wooden planters and crates - from rustic through to modern, you're bound to find something you love! Click here for inspiration.
Imagine looking up from your table to see gorgeous flowers, gracefully hanging from the ceiling. A stunning yet unique use of blooms that will, without doubt, be a talking point during your celebration. And the best part? You don't need an actual chandelier to pull this off.
Hoops, branches, hanging lights and more can be used as a base for your statement piece - all you have to do is drape with fresh flowers and greenery!
Whether you're celebrating inside or outside, a flower backdrop is a great way to make tables look incredible (imagine your dessert set out in front of a beautiful flower wall) and photos look amazing (DIY photobooth, anyone?!). From small pots mounted on a wall and filled to the brim with gorgeous blooms, bunches of flowers hanging off a rustic branch (as mentioned earlier) and threaded petals that create stunning natural streamers, through to flowers cascading down a wall, an Instagram worthy swing decorated with coloured beauties and a frame/arch with flower accents (i.e. blooms attached in a creative way to one or two corners); these backdrops are guaranteed to give your celebration that 'WOW' factor you've been looking for!
Unlike the vases mentioned earlier, though, these pieces require quite a bit of time, effort and preparation to create. The best tip I can give you is to start each project with the greenery (i.e. wrapping it around, or hanging it from, your item) and then finish it with the colour (flowers of different shapes and sizes); and keep your hot glue gun handy in case of emergency (i.e. the flowers won't do what you want them to). You will be surprised by how beautiful everyday items become when nature takes over!
Tip: If you decide to use one of these pieces as a DIY photobooth backdrop, make sure you leave a cute basket or box of props nearby! Hats, glasses, gloves, bowties, masks, etc. can all be borrowed from friends/family or purchased fairly cheap at your local op shop. You could also leave a polaroid camera, film and a guest book so that party goers can stick their happy snaps onto a page alongside their message for your bride-to-be.
PETAL PATHWAYS & TABLE RUNNERS
Fairytales really do come true! Make your bride-to-be and her friends feel as though they've stepped into a magical world. A world where following the ' petal road' is the only way to reach their destination! Whether it be a stunning picnic in the forest or glamping tents near the beach, this cute touch will have guests getting more and more excited for the event with every step they take!
Tip: Fresh petals also make absolutely stunning table runners. Sprinkle through the centre of your main eating table, and then add additional decor such as candles in jars or flowers in vases.
SEASONAL BLOOMS: WHAT TYPE OF FLOWERS ARE BEST FOR YOUR EVENT?
There are so many beautiful ways to decorate with flowers; and you will get the best effect when using real blooms. But this begs the question... what flowers will be in season when you plan to host your event?
Thanks to our friends at 'Flowers for Everyone', this question has been answered! See below for their professional recommendations that will help you choose the perfect bloom for both your party and the season:
Think summery blooms such as scented garden roses, lilies, dahlias, buddleia (summer lilac), snowberry, fragrant gardenias, fluffy hydrangea, vanda orchids and gloriosa (Christmas lilies).
Most summer blooms finish by the end of March, and you will start to see the likes of tulips coming into the shops, as well as lisianthus, autumnal foliage such as nandina, dahlias, perfumed stock, sculptural branches of fig and pomegranate, berries, and velvety celosia.
During the cooler moths, our florist studio bursts with ornamental kale, perfumed hyacinth, velvety celosia, cymbidium orchids, succulent red hot fire pokers, deep blue delphinium, cyclamen plants and tortured willow.
Event in the spring? Expect to see poppies, daffodils and jonquils, phalaenopsis orchids, rhododendron, lilac, roses, freesias, ranunculas, tulips, sweet peas, peonies and blushing bride in florists.
There are of course the year-round bloomers too, such as gerberas and lilies.
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ENJOY YOUR INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL EVENT!
I hope this article answered all of your questions and gave you PLENTY of ideas for decorating your next event! If you're now on the search for some beautiful, fresh flowers to try out the above suggestions, the wonderful team at Flowers for Everyone have everything you need online (providing country wide delivery) and in stores around Sydney! With expert florists and a large range of divine flower arrangements/bouquets to choose from, you'll have no problem finding the perfect blooms for your event!
As always, I absolutely love hearing your feedback - so if you have any suggestions, photos of your very own DIY floral arrangements/displays, or comments on the above article, please share via the comments section below or social media.
Cheers to a beautiful event with the best blooms in town!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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