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Country Chic Barn Party

27 Jun

When you are a collector of something, nothing makes you prouder than when your collectible is admired by another. If you have been following my blog, you may recall numerous posts over the last year featuring my beloved milk glass collection. I have been a collector of this vintage style glass for many years – there is something so wonderful about its old school feel. So when I was approached by someone last week to borrow my collection for a party I simply couldn’t turn them down. The party was a year end celebration for a women’s choir and it was to be held in barn in Cambridge, Ontario. This wasn’t just a hoedown – this was a five course meal served in a beautifully whitewashed barn with vintage beams and a full service kitchen.

country chic barn decor milkglass

country chic barn decor milkglass

country chic barn decor milkglass

country chic milkglass whitewashing barn

In keeping with the “country chic” feeling, the people in charge of decorating for this soiree chose to obtain their flowers curbside. Wild flowers (weeds to some), were cut the night before the event and lovingly assembled in my little milk glass beauties. I have said it once, and I will say it again: you don’t have to be a trained floral designer to make flowers look great in vintage milk glass! Oh, and by any chance did you notice the candles that were placed in mason jars??? After milk glass and antique bottles, mason jars are my third passion – don’t even get me started on that!!!

country chic barn decor milkglass

milkglass country chic barn

milkglass country chic barn

milkglass country chic barn wildflowers

milkglass country chic barn

The organizers of this event did a stellar job. Everything from the twinkle lights to the linens were a perfect touch to this “country chic” event. If you are considering a casual yet elegant event in the future, this is definitely a theme worth considering.

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Living Fresh Flower School Garden Party

28 May

mason jar floral arrangement for a garden party

With the hot weather now at our disposal, what better way to entertain than in the outdoors? The Living Fresh Flower School featured a design class on Sunday, May 27th that demonstrated the in’s and out’s of floral decor for an outdoor party. An eclectic mix of mason jars from various companies such as Crown, Bernardin, Golden Harvest and Dominion were the perfect vessels for these dainty floral pieces.

mason jars for floral arrangments

When designing for an outdoor event it is important to remember that a diverse colour palette is key: look around the gardens in your neighbourhood and you will see that every colour is represented. Garden flowers tend to be daintier in size and offer various textures – mixing these textures can be a risky one in common floral design. In garden design, texture overload in fully acceptable and encouraged.

Photographed below is a selection of some of the blooms that were provided to the students for the groupings of arrangements that they got to make for their final project.

anenome scillia hydrangea

asters monte casino dusty miller

vendella rose thistel hypericum berries sea holly double freesia

tulips euonymus

Here is a sampling of some of the creations by the students of the Living Fresh Flower School.  Beautiful pieces, fit for a party!

garden party flower arrangement

garden party arrangements

garden party flowers

A garden party wouldn’t be complete without some colourful treats!

jelly beans mini cupcakes for garden party treats

Please check out the Living Fresh Flower School’s website for information on our next class “Ode to Peony” on Sunday, June 10th, from 1-4 p.m. at the Button Factory in Waterloo.