I recently had the pleasure of being a guest and the florist for dinner party at one of my friend’s very lovely home. She wanted arrangements for a long rectangular dining table, a large round dining table and her living room.
There was no real theme, but her color scheme was a beautiful chartreuse and cream with a romantic pattern, the menu was Asian influenced, and the weather had just started feeling like fall. I had recently seen a lovely arrangement in an antique box and it led me towards an Asian colonial look. For the dining tables, which needed low arrangements, I found 2 long rectangle boxes with clean lines and an antique look and a collection of similar boxes that I placed on an Indonesian influenced wooden tray. I did the living room arrangement in a beautiful green patterned round ceramic vase that made me think of the orient.
I really wanted to use deep colors to offset the sheen of the boxes. My client also didn’t want to go overboard with the fall or Asian theme, so we used suggestions of both. For the boxes, I used:
- asclepia pods to bring in the green and because they are so fun,
- purple anemones,
- red ranunculus,
- craspedia billy balls,
- carthamus orange,
- yellow gerbers,
- orange lilies,
- seeded eucalyptus,
- nandina berries and
- pine branches
I stuffed the boxes till overflowing to give the feeling of abundance.
For the single vase, I added some beautiful late season sunflowers to give a nod to the passing season and bring in some yellow for the living room. Then I used the asclepia pods, some thistle and anemone and finished with some pine branches.
I was happy with the feel of the boxes and the look of the Asian-influenced ceramic. Overall it was a fun job and the food and company that evening were outstanding!