4 Ways to Create the Perfect Floral Tablescape

Creating a fun mood for your party can be a huge planning process.  Fresh cut flowers help brighten a room and keep the atmosphere interesting.  Here are some bright ideas to enhance the ambiance at your next event.

Compliment the Colors of Your Dinnerware

Now, this doesn’t mean creating a completely matchy-matchy place setting.  In fact, colors pop more when they’re against complimenting or contrasting hues.  Sunny orange and yellow floral blooms appear more vibrant and playful when paired with blue or green dinnerware.  Moreover, try adding jewel toned flowers like dark purple stock or red roses against a plain white place setting to really make your china appear clean and pearlescent.  Additionally, if your table has a floral pattern on the napkins, dishes, or tablecloth, an all white arrangement of flowers will add to the tablescape instead of overpowering the floral pattern.

Adding in Aromas

A fun twist to a light meal such as a teatime or brunch is to place sprigs of either herbs or greens around the table to create a faint aroma that compliments the meal.  Lavender, rosemary, and citrus are all great examples of this, and are aesthetically pleasing for the look of the table as well.

Using Greens on the Table

Another fun use of greenery is taking large tropical leaves and using them underneath plates for an entertaining spin on a summer party.  Also, table runners made of large amounts of greenery can be a stunning way to complete a more affordable tablescape.  Even draping these greens completely off the table adds drama and class to an otherwise ordinary garland.

Think about the Season

In spring and summer, try using more vibrant hues, or even locally grown wildflowers for that “just picked” feeling.  You can even place a single stem on each guest’s plate to take home to make the tablescape even more personal.  Succulents are also a great way to bring feeling of sunny weather indoors.  In the fall, gourds and pumpkins strewn across a table creates the look of a bountiful harvest for a Thanksgiving meal.  During the winter holiday season, use wintergreens such as pine and cedar around the table for a seasonal scent as well as an elegant appearance.

We hope that this post inspires you to create your own tablescape with the help of Matlack Florist!

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Mixing It Up with Your Mixed Bunch

Mixed bunches are one of the most popular ways to give flowers because of their diverse array of multicolored blooms, colorful wrapping and ribbons, and their affordable price.  Matlack Florist always has a selection of assorted mixed bunches to easily pick up on a whim for that “just because” kind of gift.

Receiving a mixed bunch is always fun because you can decide how best to display it.  Here’s a few options you might not have considered before.

Mixing It Up

Of course flowers look lovely in a vase, but have you ever tried displaying them in other containers found around your home? A pitcher provides a sustainable water source for your mixed bunch while adding some flair, just like in our “Totally Tulips” arrangement available in the springtime.  Other interesting containers around your home could be a watering can, teapot, or a coffee can.  Whatever you use, it’ll be sure to become a conversation starter for visiting guests.

Spreading the Love

If you don’t own a large vase to place all the stems from your mixed bunch into, consider placing smaller vases all around your home.  This way, no matter where you’re walking around, the lovely aroma and style of flowers will bring a smile to your face.  Try dropping a few flowers from your bunch into a small vase in the bathroom, one of the most forgotten rooms in the house.  Or, take multiple containers, fill them with blooms, and connect them together with wire, grasses, or branches for a stunning table runner.

Right now, Matlack Florist is featuring July 4th mixed bunches of red, white, and blue.  Pick one up today and decide for yourself how best to display our beautiful blooms!

 

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Update: Battle of the Blooms™ Fourth of July

Last week, we asked our designers to each create a Fourth-of-July-themed floral design for our first ever Battle of the Blooms™. Then we asked you to vote for your favorite design for a chance to win one of the arrangements.  Our designers created some truly beautiful patriotic floral pieces, you voted, and a winner was chosen!

4th of July FB Drawing - Martha's Design

The most popular floral arrangement, pictured here, was created by designer, Martha!  Her arrangement included blue hydrangea, white stock, and a cluster of red roses, accented with a touch of silver sparkle, red midollino sticks, and the finishing touch for the Fourth of July, Old Glory!

Battle of the Blooms July 4th Winner

Congratulations to our winner, Lauren, and a BIG THANK YOU to all who were involved! We were so excited by the amount of enthusiasm from everyone who participated in this event, from the designers here at the shop to everyone who voted for their favorites! We were even more excited when the winner announced to us that she would be donating her prize arrangement to the Westtown East Goshen Police Department!  What a wonderful act of generosity and a great way to celebrate everything that our nation stands for!

We’ve decided to keep the fun going, so keep your eye out for another chance to win The Battle of the Blooms™. (Hint: The next round of designs are sure to be Boo-tiful!)

Matlack Florist’s Battle of the Blooms™: Fourth of July Edition

It’s that time of year again!  Patriotic parades, backyard barbecues, flashy fireworks…it’s time to celebrate America!  To kick off the holiday week, we asked our designers to each create an arrangement that embodies the ‘Spirit of America,’ and we are giving you the chance to WIN one of the arrangements for your own Fourth of July celebration!

All you have to do to win one of these beautiful blooming arrangements is vote for your favorite on our Facebook page! To cast your vote, simply LIKE our Facebook page and then LIKE the picture of your favorite arrangement. For a bonus entry, tell us why you like the arrangement you voted for in the comments!

Read on to see what our talented designers created, as well as their inspiration for each design.  You can click on any picture below and you’ll be redirected to the picture on Facebook where you can place your vote!

4th of July FB Drawing - Christine's Design
Design by Christine: “My favorite part of July 4th is welcoming people into my home for a day of fun, food, and fireworks. This design is the perfect conversation piece to start talking to new friends while enjoying the holiday.”

4th of July FB Drawing - Colleen's Design
Design by Colleen: “When I think of the 4th of July, I think of camping, sparklers and fireworks. I wanted to bring natural elements into my design and topped it off with glittery accents that emulate the fireworks we set off!”

4th of July FB Drawing - Ivon's Design
Design by Ivon: “I love celebrating the 4th of July with my family. I designed my arrangement around what I would like to see on our buffet table surrounded by all the wonderful food and tasty treats!”

4th of July FB Drawing - Martha's Design
Design by Martha: “What better way to show your American pride than with a patriotic arrangement of red, white and blue blooms…finished off with Old Glory*.” *Made in America

The winner will be chosen by random draw from all participants who voted for the most liked arrangement. The winner will be announced on Friday, July 1st on Facebook. Only one (1) entry per person is permitted.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL… AND HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Autumn Inspiration for Your Front Porch!

The fall season is a favorite here at Matlack Florist!  It is marked by the arrival of vibrantly-colored mums, pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, cornstalks, straw bales and so much more fun fall harvest decor.  With so many elements to this season, there are oh so many ways to create beautiful home displays that stretch from the first day of fall through the Thanksgiving holiday!

Whether you are looking for ideas to entice trick-or-treaters or to welcome family and friends into your home for a holiday feast, read on to find the perfect festive fall decor ideas for your front porch!

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There are certain autumnal elements that really bring the season in for us. This front porch display includes them all: Cornstalks accented with a Fall Bow, a 9″ Mum in a Clay Pot, and Pumpkins, Gourds and Indian Corn all sitting atop a Straw Bale.  When all of these elements are gathered and displayed together, what you get is the perfect fall display!
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This beautiful window box includes the perfect balance of mums, ornamental peppers, kale, sweet potato vine and a mix of mini pumpkins and gourds. We added a decorative metal coneflower accent for the final touch!

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Clear the Air with Plants

Get a breath of fresh air without having to leave your home by placing air-cleansing plants around your house!  Indoor projects, such as painting, installing carpets or even simply cleaning, unfortunately often release toxins into the air in your home.  Three of the biggest offenders found in most homes include formaldehyde , benzene and trichloroethylene.

Luckily, nature has a way of cleaning up after us!!  The following plants are known to have air cleansing properties.  Displaying any of the these plants will not only bring a natural touch of beauty into your home, but will also lead to cleaner air and a healthier environment!

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English Ivy filters all three of the big offenders listed above!  An excellent climber, English Ivy is best potted with a stake that allows the vine to climb, or in a hanging basket that allows the vines to grow over the sides.  This plant thrives in small spaces with little sunlight, and it is very easy to care for!  Simply water as needed to keep the soil consistently moist!

Ivy Plants

English Ivy

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace lilies are one of the best plants when it comes to air filtration!  In addition to removing formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene, this air purifier also combats toluene, xylene and ammonia!  A low light location is ideal for this plant and weekly watering will keep it in tip-top shape!  Be careful not to overwater your peace lily – this is the most common mistake made with regard to its care.  Your plant will let you know when it is thirsty as the leaves will begin to look droopy.  Give it a little drink and it will perk right back up!

Peace Lily

Peace Lily

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