Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Vase of Flowers Adds the Perfect Touch to Alfresco Dining.

There is nothing like eating outside with family and friends. And a vase of flowers really makes an ordinary dinner feel like a special event. It is really easy to put something together.
Look in your cupboard for a container. Think outside the box … Use a goblet, pitcher, or that nice vase you’ve forgotten about. Forage around your yard for unusual greenery and blooms. Don’t forget to consider sticks, pods and berries. Then spice it up with some focal flowers. If you don’t have any, buy a few stems. They can really add pizzazz.
Collect your materials with a sharp knife and immediately place them into a gathering container filled with water.
Now have fun with designing something in your display container. For a table piece, you’ll want to make it “all around” in style so that everyone can enjoy your beautiful work. Keep the overall height below the line of sight of the diners so they can see each other while engaging in conversation. Remember to use slightly warm water with flower preservative (available at the flower shop). Remove all leaves from the stems that will be submerged in water to prevent rot and bacteria from forming and change the water every day or two. The flowers will also last longer if not exposed to direct sun. Now you’re ready to fire up the grill, set the table, and open that bottle of wine that is chilling.
Bon Appetit!
For more tips on arranging flowers take a look at our Flower Arranging 101 post on May 16, 2011.
Posted by Mary