Our neighborhood has a great group called “Sewickley Newcomers & Neighbors.” When we first moved to the area, it was a perfect way to meet new people and dive right in to the social scene. Last weekend was the annual Spring Fling which is traditionally the closing event of the “N&N season” which will begin again in the fall. Since I’m on the social committee, I thought I would share how we put together the decor of this year’s event.
My friend Andrea, did a fantastic job working with Costco to select flowers. We obviously wanted bright and springy colors and decided to stick to pinks, purples, greens, and whites.
As you can see we used bunchy pink and white alstroemeria, pops of the neon green spider mums and pops of hot pink spray roses and carnations. We added wax flowers and Queen’s Anne’s lace to fill out the vases.
The star of each arrangement was a puffy white hydrangea. These diva flowers need a lot of special attention. Since Andrea picked up the flowers on Friday night, we were taught a very cool trick to keep them hydrated until we could cut and place them in vases the next morning.
Hydrangeas are a very water sensitive flower and will wilt easily, we kept them (blooms and all) fully submerged in the kitchen sink full of cold water over night. They aren’t as delicate as they look and you can actually use glass dishes to help hold them under the water. It works - I swear! It’s also important to keep the stems under water when you are ready to cut.
With the exception of the roses, the other flowers weren’t as delicate and so we snipped away. We decided that we would place the alstroemeria around the hydrangeas to keep them propped up and fill the rest of the vase with as many other flowers as would fit.
We snipped, placed and arranged for about two and half hours to fill about 20 arrangements making sure that they looked nice from all angles. Not to shabby, huh?
In addition to the real flowers, we also supplemented with faux flowers to keep costs down.
Andrea made awesome paper flowers out of coffee filters and hand-painted the edges. She is so crafty! They looked amazing! I’ll show you what we did with them in a second.
We thought having submerged flowers for our tall vases would look elegant topped with a floating candle. Since I didn’t know how to make the real flowers sink to the bottom of the vase, and to avoid ruining our real flowers, I found faux alstroemeria at Ikea for 59 cents a pop. I cut most of the stems off (which is the part that looks fake) and popped them in the vase. I swear, they looked quite authentic.
We unpacked and placed the flower arrangements, white lanterns, candle sticks, and what seemed like a million tea lights around the room.
The back of The Round Room is a rustic stack stone wall with plenty of ledges to decorate!
We flanked the smaller lanterns with small tea lights across the entire wall which cast a beautiful light.
We attached Andrea’s paper flowers to the three branches that shoot through the middle of the room. With the twinkling lights shining behind the paper flowers, they seemed to glow! It was very dreamy.
All-in-all, it was a great night! I had so much fun working with Andrea and Sarah to get this shindig together! A huge thanks to both of them! Can’t wait for next year’s events!
Oh…and since we were also on the clean-up committee - we were able to take the leftover arrangements home with us! Pretty swanky addition to the front porch!