C… is for Color, California and Celebrations. We are fortunate over here in California to experience an extended summer that often allows us to have nice weather and sunshine until October. I know we just celebrated the beginning of fall but we are not quite ready to let go of our favorite summertime colors. Flower varieties come and go throughout the season but even in the midst of fall, there are so many ways you can introduce bright happy colors into your celebrations whether it be a dinner party, birthday bash or a bridal shower. So, we gathered up 3 of our favorite easy and simple ways to infuse a bit of color and pep into your entertaining decor.
1. Dress up your drinks
These days there are so many unique drink recipes and an abundance of ways to display your drink station or bar. A simple and eye catching way of showcasing the options is offering a variety of tasty drinks in varying colors along with colorful glassware arranged light to dark. This can be done easily with alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. To add an extra special touch for your guests, display bowls of garnish options that pair well with the flavor of drinks offered. Our drink of choice over here at Type A Society is blood orange soda with Rosemary sprigs. We are often found at Trader Joe’s buying this stuff by the dozen!
2. Add a pop of color to your place settings
Ribbon, herbs, fruits and watercolor name cards are just a few things you can add to spruce up your table. You do not have to have a big budget to make a big statement, all you need is a bit of creativity and some shears to forage your backyard for that perfect napkin treatment. Go with the season and use whatever you might find locally or in your own backyard such as cherry blossoms for spring, kumquats for summer, apples for fall and Rosemary for winter to use on your place setting. When in doubt, keep it simple as simple things often make the most beautiful statement.
3. Colorful blooms
Well, we are partial to flowers and lots of them. Once you group them together it becomes a statement piece of your table or party. How is it that flowers just make everything better? I, for one always feel like my party is complete when I bring in the buckets and make even the most simple loose arrangement. Even if you have a table dressed entirely of white with white chairs and white linen, just the pop of color from a table featuring a row of small vases of flowers of a single color can be a show stopper. For a more “freshly cut” garden look, we like to use old clay pots with a loose arrangement of ranunculus, cherry blossoms or even dahlias for fall with foraged greens and citrus.
It’s not many times that you get asked to play the model, so when Kelly Saure of Exquisitrie asked us to model in Claire Pettibone dresses we said yes of course! We had such a lovely time last spring taking early morning pictures in a lovely garden where butterflies were landing and humming birds flittering about. And that was no joke. It was seriously out of a dreamland and we felt like princesses the whole time. Thank you Kelly for capturing these images and thank you Style Me Pretty for the feature.
The other day Kelly Sauer asked if we could put together a little bouquet for a shoot we collaborated with Claire Pettibone on. The bouquet was made from white peonies, garden roses, white lilac, veronica and different ferns. Most of the greens for this bouquet were picked from the garden we did the shoot in. I love training my eyes to see greenery and flowers that are growing right around me!
We were pretty pleased how these turned out. This is just a preview of the shoot.
It’s a habit that I am training myself into as a forager, and I am so thankful for my new eyes. Let me explain:
Many times in the past I have often walked by perfectly good wildflowers and greenery, dismissing them as brush or weeds, and have said, “There’s nothing good in the field with which to work.” I would then proceed to jump into my car only to pay for gas to drive too far a distance to pick up hothouse flowers. These often at least would partially wilt in the car on the drive back home. Yes, miserable. Time and time again I would be disappointed that I even tried to get “good” product and was mad at myself in general. It was quite the disaster, and no one was happy.
It wasn’t until last year when I made a conscious effort to keep my eyes to the ground that I started seeing with new eyes the beauty that lay around me.
It took a while to uncover the beauty and often took hard work, but it’s truly amazing that after a little while, flowers and greenery started to pop out at me which I had formerly dismissed. It was simply a matter of pulling the weeds away to see the beauty growing underneath, or pushing that branch aside to find the blooms not scorched by the sun and working a little harder to find those elusive blooms just further up the hill. Now I feel like I am finding beauty everywhere. Under that rotten log where that lovely moss is growing or hiking a little higher to find a daisy patch to lay in… beauty often takes work to discover. It’s often a very ugly process to find it and many times you feel like you will never obtain it. There are thorns to overcome, mud to step into, and a few branches to climb, but if you push on, you will grow a new pair of eyes to see. It’s out there… it just sometimes is hidden. Thanks to my new eyes, I can happily say that this bouquet was foraged straight off our property.
My favorite part of wedding planning is having the opportunity to be a part of creating a day that reflects the unique story of each couple I work with. There are few couples that I have felt more connected and a part of their story than I had with Luke & Katarina. Katarina had been a dear friend for a few years before she and Luke began to date. Getting to know her and her desires for her future husband over the years made watching this couple unite in marriage that much sweeter, seeing Luke as wonderful provision for all of her past expressed hopes. Together they are a perfect balance of loyal, kind-hearted, faithful, and insanely fun to be around.
When we began planning their wedding day, they expressed that creating a sense of connectedness amongst the attendees was their main priority- wanting everyone to feel like one big family. I loved that vision, and really kept it in mind as I helped guide decisions for all the decor elements and flowers. Their day started out with a beautiful outdoor ceremony, dawning gardens in the background- and moved on to a cozy reception in a tent overlooking the Potomac River. Their tables were covered in grey linens with jasmine vine and garden roses, and the tent was covered in long strands of vintage string lights. The food was definitely a hit of the evening, as people could not stop raving about it. The evening came to a close with a killer party and dancing to some great tunes. We here at the Society wish nothing but the best to this fantastic couple and we were so grateful to be a part of making their wedding day a success.