It’s All Set- April

Hello my friends, been having a beautiful string of weather here. I feel a definite pep in my step with spring here though we are due to get a succession of rainy days.  A few announcements before we start-

Thanks to all for your input on my shutter paint selection. I have it narrowed down but in the. meantime have also found one more color I am thinking could be “the one”! I will share on Sunday once the decision is made.

I know about 30% of you are not getting my emails via subscription, so sorry! We are aware of it and the newly revised site is very close to happening, once that does this subscription problem will also be corrected once and for all!

Last the porcelain container has arrived to the port! We hope to have it in our warehouse no later than Thurs or Friday. We will start getting orders out immediately upon arrival….so hang tight, if you have an order it will soon be on it’s way!

So happy to be here today with another edition of It’s All Set, a monthly group I am a part of where a group of talented tastemakers  come together to showcase a tablescape they have worked on. Let’s face it doing this is always fun and a great excuse to put something pretty together, kind of like an adults version of “dress up” 🙂

Today’s post was  based upon my Easter brunch table. Let’s call this the Easter table with nine lives as things changed and changed again. Life,  right?  A last minute change meant going from a bigger table for several to a smaller table for four. I quickly reassessed and went to work. I take a layering approach when I work on a table setting, and continue to edit until I get it right. I love the way this table came out, it just felt very springy and Easter like with a touch of elegant whimsy. Take a look-

My Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf service is always a great starting point as are beautiful hydrangeas-

I had little time and could not find blue/purple stemmed hydrangeas so bought a potted hydrangea plant for $16 and cut them them as stems, got about 9 flowers out of it! Thanks Whole Foods:)

Got my trusty little planter ready and went to work

And my table…..before anyone gets all heated over the wrinkled tablecloth, have no fear I used a little portable steamer and it worked like magic:)

Also added a little Easter cheer to a nearby hall chest

Does it sound crazy to say I was most excited over my moss eggs? LOL they were such an unexpected and wonderful find,I love them. And since having little ones to dye Easter eggs is a closed chapter this is the next best thing.

You will most certainly want to visit all of the other talented bloggers to see what they came up with…always a worthwhile click!

RESOURCES-

Silver flatware and silver bowl- antique

 China- Mottahedeh “Tobacco Leaf”

Chargers- Juliska

Monogrammed napkins and blue and white porcelains- My shop

Glasses- Anthropologie

Blue and white bunnies- have owned a while

Small etched mint juleps- My shop

Mossy green eggs- Target (go quick you can still get them for next year)!

Fresh hydrangeas- Whole Foods

Linen tablecloth- had it made years ago

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Thank you everyone for stopping by. Wishing all of you a fantastic day and hope the sun is shining and the birds are chirping. Here spring is alive and well! Until next time…..

LAST DAY of the magnificent lamp flash sale. Click here to see-

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My party hydrangeas on day seven and some insiders tips…

Hi there…this is somewhat a followup to my massive party post.THANK YOU for all of your incredibly kind comments, talk about knowing how to make a girl feel good!!! If you missed my post on my soiree this past Saturday click here to see it. The hydrangeas were definitely one of the stars of the evening, I had some people email me about how I had them looking so perky and fresh which brings me to this post!

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If you have been coming to my blog for two weeks or 2 years you know I love flowers and I in particular love hydrangeas. They are like the little flower that keeps on giving. I just adore them in every color, every season. I used them abundantly for my party last weekend and took away a few tips that I will apply for the rest of my life, so simple and yet they made a world of difference!

And here it goes-

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When you get your hydrangeas whether it be from your yard, local market or a florist, invest in a decent pair of clippers and make a good ,clean 45 degree sharp cut on the stem immediately upon getting home. I used to do this with scissors or a knife, but think a pair of clippers is the way to go.? Then remove all leaves that will be submerged in the water. All leaves close to the flower can remain. Hydrangeas have a very woody stem and their heavy blooms need a lot of water.

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Once you make the cut then cut? a little slit in the fresh cut (see below).

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Then, fill your vase with HOT that’s right HOT water….as in about 80-85? degrees not boiling but almost, it should be hot to the touch. I had a hard time at first (with my husband over my shoulder telling me I had no idea what I was? doing as if he was the resident flower whisperer) but trust me on this one! Fill it up to the brim and let them soak up all that water, they will thank you later and believe me I had fun rubbing it in to my husband later:)

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You will be AMAZED at how long your flowers will last. Below, you will see my flowers the day of the party until day SEVEN,? still looking honestly as good as the day I brought them home! I did make fresh cuts two other times after the party and replenished with fresh hot water and it seems to have made the difference.

Ordinarily I would say by day 2 or 3 the flowers would have been on their way out. Here we are going on day SEVEN and the flowers literally could be on their way to another party….amazing if you ask me! So here is a picture playbook of how they are looking……

 

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DAY OF THE PARTY….

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DAY AFTER THE PARTY…

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DAY TWO I? MADE THIS ARRANGEMENT? FOR MY HUSBAND AKA THE FLOWER WHISPERER TO TAKE TO HIS OFFICE…..

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DAY THREE STILL GOING STRONG….

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DAY FOUR ADDED TWO ALL WHITE ARRANGEMENTS TO MY HALLWAY CONSOLE….

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AND DAY FIVE? GETTING A LITTLE HALLOWEEN ACCENT……

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?DAY SIX AND LOOKING AS GOOD AS EVER AFTER A FRESH CUT AND A DOSE OF HOT WATER….

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HOT OFF THE PRESSES TAKEN JUST THIS MORNING…..DAY SEVEN AND STILL TICKING!

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By the way, side note just received this book, Markam Roberts, it is FABULOUS you MUST add this to your design book library, a total winner!

 

I have to say I don’t think I have ever had fresh flowers last this long and look this good for nearly a week! I don’t know if this is an exceptional batch of hydrangea and I am sure the milder weather has only helped but I really think the fresh cuts and hot water have been the main reason these flowers are still going strong on day six and seven, almost makes me wish I was having another party this weekend. I said almost but on second thought, I am just happy to have them around the house still enjoying them a week later (much to the flower whisperer’s surprise). I have to remind him to just “watch and learn” lol.

Something way better than a party is happening though…… my son is coming home later today from college for a short fall break,? making his favorite meal tonight, bolognese sauce!! And even though he said no dessert I am indulging him with chocolate cake (not that I was thinking of myself , oh no not one bit:) Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a fabulous day and a wonderful weekend!

 

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