Posts tagged floral
Springtime Entertaining With Pink Confetti + Tulips

Hello everyone! April was a running joke with typical rainy-sunshiny-snowy-icy-rainy weather where I'm at in Germany yet I only had eyes for all the breathtaking "cotton candy trees" around filled with cherry blossoms. This month's tabletop column is a homage to this petal-confetti time of year and though I've not used cherry blossoms, they inspired this overall look for the perfect spring tabletop which is lovely for tea time.

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For my flower bouquets I chose pale pink clove, dark ruby colored peony, white bleeding heart, tulip, fancy frill tulips, parrot tulips and ornamental cherry to bring the eye candy colors from outside to my table.

I have been inspired by decor8 columnist Anastasia's recent posting so much. You should absolutely take a look if you haven't yet! It made me want to start immediately with arranging spring flowers and cherry blossom branches in the oh so romantic way she did. Thank you for sharing dear Anastasia – you are such a flower poet!

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There is no way around marble currently - it gives your table decoration a noble, trendy look and contrasts delightfully with the playful bouquets. You can do it yourself easily! I took plain glass vases and cut and applied self-adhesive marble foil I bought in the local building supply store. It is typically used to line drawers.

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To go with the confetti theme I decorated the table with punched paper confetti in many shades of pink and different sizes over my table. My little son gave me a laugh when he – after watching for a while – told me not to arrange each dot by itself (more or less). "Just throw it mummy! It'll look much more natural!"... ha ha.... Uhm, yes, right! He knows his mother pretty well I'm afraid. It was a good reminder to not always true to aim for perfection when entertaining.

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As I overdid it a little with punching I had so much confetti that it was enough for another DIY project so I decided to create a (very) long garland out of it by sewing the paper dots in a row with my sewing machine.

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Surrounded by confetti and sweet colors I thought – we should certainly have a suitable cake! Here we go... Rhubarb Lemonade Cheesecake. It is partly my own creation. I chose my favorite cheesecake recipe from Annik Wecker (with white chocolate), added a layer of jelly made from organic rhubarb lemonade and rhubarb syrup-infused whipped cream.

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I hope that this tabletop has given you some joy and I wish you all a great month of May! And thank you very much for your sweet words about my last tabletop column with the green theme (shown here), it means a lot to me to read your comments and inspires me to keep creating! See you again on June 6th with another tabletop. - Anke

Note: Please always be careful when arranging flowers with food! Research first. Though I took an image with my cake and a lush flower decoration around you should always check if your flowers are poisonous, in particular when eating together with kids.

(Photography, Styling, Text: Anke Illner/ Editor: Holly Becker)

How To Make a Cherry Blossom Bouquet

I am so excited to share this arrangement with you because slowly flowers are starting to bloom here and spring is slowly coming! I am working already on the flower bed in my garden which is the reason why I'm so excited for warmer months... But I will stop indulging right here as we have the VERY BEST that spring has to offer for you today: cherry blossoms! Anastasia Benko for decor8

Flower bouquets are the perfect finishing touch of any interior setting, don’t you think? Of course I can drop by the local florist and buy the most beautiful arrangement - but I find it more rewarding to make one of my own. It adds personal touch to interiors, just like I did with a personal favorite image that I took in Paris of a merry-go-round as you'll see below. I love adding personal touches to my home, don't you? And with flowers, you are the artist!

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I will show you how you can make the most beautiful bouquets on your own! At my local florist I found the most beautiful branches of cherry blossoms and I instantly knew that I wanted to create a floral arrangement around these beauties! Along with the cherry blossom branches, I've added single-flower bunches:

* Pale orange french tulips * Fringy pink tulips * Bright yellow tulips * Pink ranunculus * Chamomile

As you can see, I picked similar pink colors to match the cherry blossoms, adding a few yellow and white touches to the arrangement. To get an interesting look, I wanted at least 3 different kinds of flowers that vary in texture, form and color because I knew this would support the depth of the arrangement that I envisioned.

In the very beginning I prepared a vase with water because I knew it would be a large-scale arrangement and I couldn’t arrange it in my hands alone. Before I started working on the arrangement I trimmed all the stems on an angle with a sharp knife and washed the stems. Then I was ready to go!

To me, there is no secret formula of how to arrange the flowers, just place them where they look best to you! I knew that I wanted the cherry blossoms to be the superstars of this floral arrangement so I added them in at the end. Also because they are so delicate, it was better to add them in the end to avoid losing too many petals.

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Using all the flowers I had, I needed to create a full body first, starting with the tulips, then I moved on to add more and more flowers. While I was working on the colorful base, I had in mind that one side of the arrangement will face the wall, so I put the cutest faces in the front. Think about where your arrangement will be placed once it’s finished, so it can shine from all sides or in this case, from only 3 sides. Also, I made sure that the colors of the additional flowers were in a random order so that they could correspond better and so they'd stand out.

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Finally, I added the cherry blossom branches and went all the way! They stick out of all sides of the arrangement and to me it doesn't get any Spring-y-er (Is this a word??!) that that. I hope you love this floral composition as much as I do - cherry blossoms make my heart skip a beat!

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I couldn’t help it to make a wreath out of the leftovers... why not, right? This wreath could go on a door or door knob, a cabinet handle or simply on the wall on a simple nail.

See you soon on May 16 with another flower column - Anastasia

(Photography, Text, Styling: Anastasia Benko. Editor: Holly Becker)