Friday Night Flowers

 

There’s Friday Night Lights or there’s Friday Night FLOWERS!  I recently was invited to the home of Tammy of Firstandbloom.com for her first ever Friday Night Flowers Workshop.  Tammy’s home is on a beautiful peace of property outside of Seattle, the weather was perfect and there was even a deer visitor.

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When we first arrived, we were greeted with a glass of wine while we mingled and swooned over the amazing selection of local grown flowers.

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The food was delicious and catered by Mary Weber of Cooking with Mary.  Her torellini salad and carmelized onion apps were amazing…we all went back for seconds!

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First and Bloom has such a passion about what she does and the products and flowers she uses.  Did you you know 80% of the flowers sold in the US are imported?  I honestly had no idea…which leads to the statistic that since 1992, 58% of US flower farms have gone out of business due to low-priced imports!

Buying American grown flowers means you support local jobs and economy, as well as reducing our footprint on the plant by minimizing transportation practices and promoting more sustainable and environmentally sound practices.

Not sure where you can find American grown flowers/florists in your area??  Visit Slow Flowers.  Slow Flowers is an award-winning online directory to help you find florists, studio designers, wedding and event planners, supermarket flower departments and flower farmers who are committed to using American grown flowers.  Founder Debra Prinzing has created an amazing resource!

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Bloggers gotta do what bloggers gotta do 🙂

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There were so many amazing flowers to choose from, and it was so fun to see what each of us gravitated towards.  I went for a subtle fall-inspired palette of dusty purple with lots of greens.

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It seems a little intimidating at first, but honestly you just have to jump in and start creating.  You will be amazed how your creation just blossoms!

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My sweet friend Heather of Thriftynseattle  was my date for the evening!  Heather immediately grabbed those gorgeous blue hydrangea and created the most amazing bright arrangement that matched her blouse!

 

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Missy Palacol of Missy Palacol Photography captured this night so perfectly, and while being the most darling pregnant photog ever!

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The lovely ladies of Friday Night Flowers.

Top right to left: Julia Case of Fairview Farm, Riva Juarez of Riva La Diva, Katie Githens of Clary Sage Studio, Carleeh Mulholland of Healthy Socialite, Debra Prinzing of DebraPrinzing.com and Slowflowers.  Bottom right to left: Dawn Parsons of Party til Dawn, Heather Rasmus of ThriftynSeattle, Tammy Myers of First & Bloom, and Dani Graham of Dig-it Flower Farm. Not pictured here, Missy Palacol of Missypalacol.com and Mary Weber of Cooking With Mary Weber

 

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All photos courtesy of MissyPalacol.com

Thank you Tammy for a wonderful evening, and for the inspiration and education on flower arranging and the importance of purchasing American grown flowers.

If you would love to attend one of First and Bloom’s Flower Workshops you’re in luck!  Tammy has all the information HERE!

xoxo~Dawn

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Easy Breezy Cocktail

I have been on a crazy sparkling water kick lately!!  Anything from Lacroix to Trader Joe’s Sparking water does the trick!  In the evenings, well by late afternoon, it’s been fun to turn it into my favorite easy cocktail!

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This Patron Orange Liqueur is delicious, and it honestly pairs perfect with any flavor of sparkling water.  I purchase this at Trader Joe’s!!  Of course, you could also add tequila as well!

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Pour yourself a glass of your favorite flavor of water.

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Add in a shot of Patron Orange Liqueur.

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Squeeze in fresh lime juice…I love extra lime!

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And Enjoy!

I hope you’re enjoying your last little bits of summer and savoring a yummy cocktail!

Cheers!

xoxo~Dawn

 

Urban Chic Baby Shower {Styled Shoot}

When I think “urban chic” I think of wood and metal with touches of metallics and greenery. This baby shower focuses on those stylish elements! We’ve taken a wood pallet and created an amazing backdrop, added in sparkly gold flatware, balloons and touches of baby’s breath to create the perfect celebration for any Mother-To-Be.

I’ve partnered with one of my favorite party suppliers of fun, Oriental Trading, to put together a shower that anyone could easily re-create!

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This fun and unique Wooden Pallet Backdrop with hanging globes is such a fun addition.

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My recipe for Brown Sugar Lip Scrub has three ingredients, and when packaged in these cute jars, make the perfect party favor.

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I hope you enjoyed this peek into a sweet celebration.  Make sure to stop by the Oriental Trading blog to get all the details and product links, as well as, all the instructions for the DIY’s!!

xoxo~Dawn

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog.  All ideas and opinion are my own.

DIY Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

Sugar sugar!! Thank your party guests by sending them home with this yummy Brown Sugar Lip Scrub packaged in darling jars. This scrub only requires 3 ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard! Coconut oil is the main ingredient and has so many wonderful uses and properties. If you don’t already use it I think you will become a fan! Natural homemade products make everyone feel good and this one will do just that, plus if you happen to get a taste…it’s delicious too!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 5 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

Directions

  1. Stir the coconut oil and honey together with the back of a spoon. If the coconut oil is too hard to stir, gently warm it in your hands, or in the sun (or in the microwave, if you use one), to slightly soften the coconut oil before stirring.
  2. Add in the brown sugar and mix well.
  3. Scoop into favor jars.
  4. To Use: Just rub a little lip scrub on your finger, apply to your lips, and gently scrub with your fingertip. Lick, wipe or rinse off.

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You can get detailed photos over on the Oriental Trading blog, and you can also check out my Urban Chic Baby Shower! Urban Chic Baby Shower!

xoxo~Dawn

Jewel Toned Wedding Tablescape {Styled Shoot}

Jewel tones are some of the most vibrant and luxurious of colors. Some might think of a jewel toned wedding tablescape as one for the Fall or Winter months, but by adding in pops of yellow or coral, as we’ve done here, definitely makes the color palette spring and summer appropriate. This beautiful table with its watercolor hand-lettered place cards and touches of gold, is elegant, beautiful and so easy to recreate.

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I reached out to Rachel from The Brightline Studio to create these amazing watercolor and gold embossed place cards.  They are so beautiful and added the touch I wanted for the table.

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I love a layered table, so by layering two different types of plate chargers and a few different plates it creates the depth and interest that I was going for.

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One of my best tips when creating floral arrangements for your table, if you are not a florist like myself, is to buy a pre-made bouquet in the color scheme you’re looking for and then cut and arrange into a container.  This is such a great way to save money, but look like you spent much more!

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This is a sweet and simple DIY to create Fern Chair Decor.

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Watercolor DIY coasters were a fun and easy addition to the tablescape.  I used the place cards as inspiration and love how they look!

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Every guest needs a party favor and who doesn’t love a little chocolate at the end of a meal??  These Decadent Chocolate Orange Truffles are so good and only require three ingredients!

Jewel tones…not just for the months at the end of the year!

You can read all the details at the links below!

Jewel Toned Wedding Tablescape

DIY Fern Mr and Mrs Chair Decor

DIY Watercolor Coasters

Decadent Homemade Truffles

Vendor Credits: 

Watercolor Place cards : The Brightline Studio

Party Supplies:  Oriental Trading

xoxo~Dawn

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog.  All ideas and opinion are my own.

Bunny Napkin Tutorial

Are you hosting Easter this year?

Need a cute napkin ideas for the table?  I did these for my table(s) last year, and they were so darn cute, I’m doing them again!  This is all over Pinterest, but I thought I’d share it with you here!  Now, this is a little easier with paper napkins, but I’m a white cloth napkin girl when it comes to holiday tables…so it’s a little trickier folding these, but it works!

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Fold your napkin in half and then half again..so thirds!

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Take one end and bring it straight down the center.  Do that again on the other side.

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Take your corner and fold it back up to the center.

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Repeat on the other side.

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Take your two outer points and fold them in to the center…you’ll see that you are creating the ears here.

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Flip your whole napkin over….

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Fold up the point to create the tail.

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Turn the napkin over and tuck one corner into the other.  This is where it gets a little tricky with the cloth napkin because it’s thicker, but just keep adjusting, and it will hold.

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Cute huh??  Even if you add nothing else to your place settings, these make your table look adorable!

Happy Easter!

xoxo~Dawn

 

Spring in Bloom Brunch {Styled Shoot}

Has this not felt like the looooggest winter EVER??

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for sunshine and flowers, however, I’m sure there will be a few showers sprinkled in there as well!

I recently partnered with Oriental Trading to celebrate Spring with a colorful brunch!!!

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Cranberry Orange Scones and Orange juice…yes please!  You can find my easy recipe on the Oriental Trading blog as well!

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I am so in love with these darling ceramic wellies!!  I even created a pair to resemble my favorite Hunter green ones!

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I had a vision for this planter box centerpiece, and it came together perfectly!  I tucked 8 pint size mason jars inside, grabbed two big bunches of tulips from Costco and a floral bouquet from the grocery store and just started plunking them in…really so easy and it lasted on my kitchen table for a couple of weeks!

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I would love for you to head over to the Oriental Trading blog and see all the details, as well as,  the posts for my DIY Ceramic Rainboots, my DIY Tulip bulb party favors, and you can get that recipe for the Cranberry Orange Scones as well!!

If you would like to see some of my other projects, you can check them out here!

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

xoxo~ Dawn

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog.  All ideas and opinion are my own.