The Christmas season has officially begun! I’ve been a busy elf decorating trees, garlands and wreaths so I wanted to share some of the great finds I came across this year to help you make this Christmas a little more festive:
1. Lowes – Fresh garland: Elegant and affordable! Pick up a piece or two to use as a simple but stately table runner. It is lush enough to stand on its own or accent it with ornaments, pine cones, etc.
2. Costco – LED pillar candles: These are a fantastic (and safe) way to add ambient light to your entertaining space. Best of all, they have a remote control so you can light the room all at once!
3. Walmart – Glitter Blast spray paint: Because glitter makes everything better! This stuff is magic and it doesn’t flake off as easily as you’d think. I’ve sprayed branches, ornaments, leaves and even a mason jar & it worked well on all surfaces. For bigger items I sprayed a metallic undercoat before applying the glitter spray for a richer look.
4. Pier 1 – Mercury glass: Because mercury glass is so trendy these days you can find this distinct look in candle holders and vases. Mix and match a variety of unique patterns and textures for an eclectic but classy look.
5. Bed Bath & Beyond – Place mats: Extremely affordable with an impressive variety of patterns and shapes. Go for the metallic & your candlelight will have more surfaces to reflect off. Your table will literally sparkle!
With Halloween behind us the holiday rush officially begins! To kick off the season, I wanted to share some inspiration for centerpiece ideas to make this year's Thanksgiving dinner extra festive. Incorporating natural elements is bigger than ever so think gourds, branches, and neutral colored linens to create the right atmosphere. Happy decorating & gobble gobble!
Long gone are the days of the single rose bud boutonniere. These days, boutonnieres are all about the details and the key is to look masculine while complementing the bride and her look. Here are four tips when choosing a boutonniere for your groom-to-be.
1. Ask your florist for recommendations on blooms that are long lasting. Hawaii’s warmer weather can be rough on delicate blooms. Heartier options like orchids, azaleas, spray roses, succulents & even carnations are a wiser choice. I used button mums, waxflowers, craspedia, solidago and a few sprigs of baby's breath to create this country-rustic themed boutonniere to match a wonderfully textured bouquet.
2. Choose small flowers with a big presence. Nothing looks worse than an over-sized boutonniere so when it comes to size, less is more.
3. Don’t be afraid to add texture and dimension to the boutonniere. Small doesn't have to mean plain.
4. Have two boutonnieres made. One version gets worn during the ceremony and through the majority of the reception. Congratulatory hugging can easily batter and bruise a boutonniere so you’ll want to have the spare handy (store it under the cake table for easy access), pin the fresh one on and your groom will be as good as new.
Too moist! Too dry! Too sweet! Is trying to find the right baker for your wedding cake giving you a Goldilocks complex?
For that "just right" mix of creativity and taste, call on Joshua Courtney, cake designer/owner of A Baked Romance. From simple cupcakes to extravagant wedding cakes, Joshua offers it all. His creations are literally works of art that not only impress you visually, but tantalize your taste buds as well. Visit his website at abakedromance.com or follow him on facebook at facebook.com/a.baked.romance and on instagram: a_baked_romance.
It's a popular trend these days to decorate your wedding cake with live flowers. The results can be spectacular but knowledge is key to making sure the finished product is both pretty AND safe. Here are a few tips to ensure a spectacular floral showcase on your wedding cake.
1. Check with your baker first and foremost to ensure that the structure of your cake can withstand the weight of floral accents.
2. ALWAYS check with your florist to ensure the correct flowers are used. Some flower stems, when cut, can secrete a toxic sap and nobody wants that seeping in your wedding cake!
3. Flowers used to decorate your cake should be fresh and hydrated. Once they are inserted in the cake they are no longer drinking from a water source and will begin to dehydrate. Hardier flowers like orchids are great options as they have a strong cellular structure and hold up for longer periods without a water source.
4. Once the cake is decorated it is important to keep it refrigerated to keep everything looking fresh and pristine. Nothing looks worse than a wedding cake with saggy fondant icing and wilted flowers!
5. Wedding cakes are works of art themselves so be courteous and check with your baker if they would like to arrange the flowers first before asking your florist to do it. The baker should be allowed to decide if they would like to put the finishing touches on their masterpiece.
We definitely know its summertime here in Hawaii when temperatures creep up past 83 degrees and the surf on the south shore rises. Naturally, we head straight outside to host our gatherings with friends and family in the cool trade winds. The plethora of brightly colored plate ware and linens available make decorating summer gatherings very exciting but for your next gathering, skip the neon pink goblets and gerbera daisies and decorate with something a little more subtle yet very sophisticated…foliage!
Yes, I said it. Foliage. We are incredibly lucky to live in a climate where countless topical plants grow, each with its own unique leaf. The variety in color, texture and shape are mind boggling and you can easily create a simple, stunning centerpiece or accent piece for your next event. Use vases of varying heights to create dimension or place a few drops of food coloring in the water to create a unique effect.
Have fun with it…it is summer after all!