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ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY decorations

My Holiday Décor Started with an Evergreen Bouquet

christmas bouquet

christmas bouquet

I like to integrate small holiday elements into my home décor. Here is an evergreen bouquet that I put next to my yellow green vase collection. To complement my vase collection, I put my bouquet inside a tall and narrow glass container that I cover with holiday gift wrap paper.

What is important when you design an evergreen bouquet is to play with textures. To achieve that result, I  looked outside the local conifers. I am sorry that I didn’t write down the different leaves but I know that several species are from the United States, the red berries are from Netherlands and the pine leaves are from Quebec. I bought them at Atwater farmers market. When you make your selection, stay with the same tones. Some conifers have yellow tones, others have blues.

ENTERTAINING Gift WRAP

Corinna Wraps Spring Flower Workshops

gift wrapping workshop

paper and petals gift wrapping workshop

Though we’re in store for a few more weeks of winter, spring flowers are already showing up at markets and in stores – we’re already thinking about spring decorating!

If you’re eager to brighten things up with a bunch of blooms, and want to learn how to transform potted plants and bulbs into something spectacular, don’t miss two new workshops at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto this spring with writer, stylist and creative wrapping pro Corinna vanGerwen.

gift wrapping workshop

Known for her genius wrapping ideas that have been featured in Canadian Living and Style At Home, Corinna is pairing her love of paper with petals for two one-day workshops.

On April 21, you can learn how to create a spring wreath from Japanese watermark tissue , or join her on May 12 to learn how to “wrap” daffodils, tulips and other spring flowers for gift-giving, party favours and other decorations. Learn more about the workshops and register at the Harbourfront Centre website.

Do not forget to check out the Corinna Wraps blog for more creative wrapping ideas. An idea to steal is her yellow striped suit gift wrap.

gift wrapping workshop

SOURCING:
+ Corinna Wraps Blog
+ Harbourfront Centre Spring Workshops

ENTERTAINING PAPER goods

DIY Paper Flowers

martha stewart paper flower bouquet carnation cupcake liners

martha stewart paper flower bouquet carnation cupcake liners

Only if you tried to stop and smell them would you ever guess these flowers were anything but the real deal.

And while there’s certainly no shortage of DIY paper flower tutorials available, this bouquet is something truly special: the variations in paper, colours and flower shapes, plus the addition of faux fern leaves, make it look authentic.

The bouquet, and the coordinating stems in simple vases, are a wonderful option for brides on a budget, or sentimental ones who want to preserve memories of their special day.

And though carnations aren’t as popular a petal pick as, say, roses, there’s something ultra feminine about this ruffled version made from floral wire stems and twisted cupcake liners.

martha stewart paper flower bouquet cupcake liners diy

Check out MarthaStewart.com for complete instructions on how to create this quick and easy DIY.

SOURCING:
+ DIY Sticker & Cupcake Paper Flowers from Martha Stewart

ENTERTAINING TABLETOP

Spring Garden Sweet and Savory Table

Garden table flowers

Garden table flowers

This wonderful garden themed table was designed by Kreavie for a Sweet 16 birthday party. You could recycle the concept for a baby shower or a toddler birthday. The mix of sweet and savory food provides an occasion to be more creative with the food presentation.

spring garden buffet table food

Details that are worth stealing are the chocolate cupcake in a terra-cotta flower pot, the vegetable chips (turnips, carrots, green beans) and a roll of kraft paper became a tablecloth. O.xide Design used seasonal flowers in garden containers to set the mood. The cones are made of bamboo.

SOURCING:
+ Sweet 16 Sweet and Savory Table from Kreavie
+ Floral Design: O.xide Design
+ Photos: Julia C.Vona

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

My First Mother’s Day

my first mother's day at laika

my first mother's day at laika

We simply celebrated my first Mother’s Day the day that my son reached 2 months old. My husband, our son and I had a late brunch with his grandmothers. It was the first time that we went out at a restaurant with our son. It went well and Zack enjoyed again his ride on the stroller.

flowers for mother's day

My husband signed the card that goes with this beautiful orchid bouquet with his name and the name of our son. This was so sweet of him!

I wish to all mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day filled with joy and love. Mine was.

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Kokedama Tutorial

kokedama tutorial

kokedama tutorial

Kokedama is a Japanese planting technique that creates moss balls. You can hang the moss balls, put them on a plate or a bowl. I saw on design*Sponge a reference to a kokedama tutorial by the creative Dutch girl called Aura Scaringi.

I was intrigued by the technique so I dug the Web further to get more information. I found two videos produced by a Japanese blogger who demonstrated different ways to make your own kokedama. Here is the first one.

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Flower Word Graffiti for Mother’s Day

mom word graffiti with wallflower

mom word graffiti with wallflower

I talked about this concept executed with Umbra’s wallflower wall decor before, but this one is so cute that I must share it with you. It is a DIY project that you can do for your mom on Mother’s Day. You will need 56 flowers to write Mom like that; which means that you will need to buy 3 packages. Affix them to a frame that she can keep or use it as the background of a photo booth.

This look would pair with the flowering cherry blossom branches that Heather introduced yesterday.

SOURCING:
+ Wallflower wall decor $25 for a pack of 25

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

How to Force Branches and Bulbs

forcing branches spring cherry blossom pink

forcing branches spring cherry blossom pink

It’s hard to resist the bunches of colourful spring blooms that show up at markets, florists and corner stores at the time of year. If you’re craving a hit of colour but prefer your floral arrangements a little on the wild side, forcing branches or bulbs is a perfect way to bring some outside, inside – and very inexpensively at that. Flowering branches would make a dramatic centrepiece at your Easter table or a pretty addition to an entryway.

forcing branches spring forsythia apartment therapy

Not a green thumb? It can be difficult to know just which shrubs will flower. Country Home magazine suggests looking for shrubs with long branches and several plump buds. For those of you in the southern states, your shrubs may have already started to bloom outdoors; the further north you live, the better your chances of finding branches with buds. Though it doesn’t take much to prepare branches to bloom – a fresh cut, a quick hit to the ends with a hammer and some room temperature water will do the trick – keep in mind that different varieties require longer time to bloom. Check out the Farmer’s Almanac for a reference guide.

If you don’t have access to branches in your backyard (or don’t want to get caught “borrowing” them from a public space), you can also force spring bulbs, which are readily available in garden centres or home improvement stores. I love the contrast of the banged up, painted tin cans with the neat appearance of daffodil sprouts, shown by Camilla Fabri of Family Chic. And don’t miss this hyacinth how-to over at The Art of Doing Stuff; Karen shows several ways to transform a plastic pot of flowers into super stylish groupings.

If you’re a first time flower forcer, check out the sourcing section below for more tips and how tos. How are you planning to you bring a little spring inside?

SOURCING:
Forcing Branches into Blooms Indoors from The Farmer’s Almanac
+ Forcing Branches from Country Home Magazine
+ Forcing Branches on The Marion House Blog (wonderful examples of using branches in different spaces)
+ Forcing Spring in A Can from Family Chic
+ Ways to Display Hyacinth from The Art of Doing Stuff

GIFT IDEAS Gift WRAP

Personalized Flower Wrap

diy flower wrap paper

diy flower wrap paper

Spring bouquets have started popping up in markets, a perfect pick-me-up in the middle of a very cold month. Pass on the pick-me-up to a deserving recipient with a bunch of blooms in a personalized flower wrap, as shown on the blog of letterpress studio Tokketok.

Just cut a square of kraft or decorative paper and freehand a message with acrylic craft paint. If you’re giving flowers as a hostess or birthday gift, you can also personalize the wrap with the recipient’s name. It’s an easy way to elevate a grocery store bouquet.

ENTERTAINING PARTY ideas + decor

Carnation Cones

carnation cones

carnation cones

I usually dislike carnations. But I have to admit that Martha Stewart Living craft editor Marcie McGoldrich impressed me with this easy to do DIY carnation cones.

You could either print your own pattern on heavyweight paper or buy a thick patterned paper at a local art & craft store to make your own cones. Secure the cone with double-sided tape. And do not forget to bind the stems with floral tape.

SOURCING:
+ Martha Stewart Living, February 2011 issue – photo by Con Poulus