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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Don’t Forget About Your Flower Girl!

Planning a wedding is no small task, and flowers are one of the most fun ways to express personal style on your special day.  Brides usually have an idea of what they’d like for their own bouquet as well as their bridesmaids, but what about the flower girl? There are a wide variety of popular floral accessories for your little helper that will brighten her day knowing that you thought of her.

Flower Baskets

One of the most traditional flower girl accessories is a small basket of flowers matching the floral theme of the bride.  This can be adorned with ribbons or greens, and can either contain a small arrangement of flowers or pretty petals to be strewn along the wedding aisle.  Matlack Florist knows that sometimes little flower girls can get very excited walking down the aisle, so we provide a foam based arrangement in our baskets.  This way, if the basket gets flipped upside down or thrown, the flowers stay in tact.

Pomanders

One of the wedding trends coming back in style is the pomander bouquet.  This contains a foam based arrangement of flowers in a sphere shape, attached with ribbons to hold.  These are a cute way to include an older flower girl who might not want to hold a basket.  Hydrangea, baby’s breath, or sweetheart roses are all fantastic options to make the most out of your pomander, and accent flowers from the bride’s bouquet can really make them pop.

 

Flower Crowns

In addition to our previous post highlighting these fun accessories, flower crowns can be a great way to showcase your flower girl without having something to hold down the aisle.  This option is neat way to care for a flower girl that is too young to hold a floral accessory in her hands, or one that is perhaps already holding the hand of a ring bearer or another bridesmaid.

 

Floral Wand

Another fun trend coming up from the past few seasons is the floral wand.  This consists of a single flower or a small bouquet on top of a long pole to be held.  The top of the wand can be accessorized with wiring, jewels, or ribbons, and the pole can coordinate with the wrapping of the bridal party’s bouquets to give a cohesive look.

 

 

No matter what you choose, your flower girl will be ecstatic that you thought of her on your big day.  Matlack Florist is proud to cater to a wide variety of different floral accessories for weddings, as well as every special event in your life.  Keep stopping in and seeing what else we have to offer for each new season!

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Prom Color Crash Course

It’s hard not to get caught up in the drama of prom season, and the last thing you want to be worrying about is how well your flowers match your dress.  At Matlack Florist, we’ve composed a list of the top prom colors for 2017 and how to compliment them best with your floral accessories.

 

White or Nude

If you’re attending the prom in classic white or nude, you don’t have to settle for just white flowers! This blank palette is a fun way to add pops of any color.  Try complimenting your flowers with your jewelry in tones of silver or gold, or adding bling jeweled accents to brighten up your bouquet.  A fun trend emerging again this season is the organic, flowy abundance of varying foliage to add a textured look.  For example, dusty miller is a fun type of green that has a grey, velvety tone that compliments any white dress.  Try this look with any white or nude dress and the only thing you’ll have to worry about being pale is your date when they see you all dolled up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastels

A big trend in color that we’re seeing this year for prom dresses is blush pink, baby blue, and lavender.  What a lot of prom-goers do not realize is when you match your dress color as closely as you can with your flowers, the blooms tend to blend in with the background of your dress.  This can be improved by choosing different tones of colors.  For example, a lavender dress looks spectacular with deep tones of plum, magenta, and violet.  This way, the flowers pop against the pastel tones of the dress.  Another way to enhance your pastel dress color is to mix a wide array of pastel colors in your bouquet.  Pale pinks, whites, yellows, purples, and greens create a watercolor rainbow, perfect for a flawless prom look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blues

Blue is one of those colors that doesn’t match as well with different tones, unlike pinks which can compliment light baby pink, to hot pink, and mauve with ease.  Additionally, there are not a huge selection of truly blue flowers, so choices are limited in that aspect.  Contrary to what you can find on the internet, blue roses or calla lilies do not actually grow naturally, and are spray painted or dyed.  To better your floral look with a blue dress, you have a few options.  Succulents and air plants have become trendy again this season, and can be wired into any prom bouquet for a blue tint.  Blue hydrangeas are almost always available and can add a sizeable blue base to add in complimenting colors.  Also, think about using flowers that aren’t in blue, but compliment the tone.  For example, yellows, pinks, or oranges can really give a blue dress a punch of fun color.

 

Black

Traditionally, black dresses are paired with either white or red flowers, but it’s time to think outside the box!  Black provides the perfect backdrop to showcase bright jewel tones like canary yellows, cobalt blues, and hot pinks.  Try pairing your flowers with metal wiring, jewels, or beading.  A black dress will make these accents pop without taking away or distracting like it would in a more colorful dress.  One flower that does have a tone of black is the Anemone.  The black center provides that dark hue without overpowering the rest of the bouquet.  This dark tone also shows in privet berry, which is a dark navy blue and can be used as a complimenting filler with a black dress.

Whatever blooms you choose, be sure to remember that flowers are meant to compliment, not necessarily match completely.  The use of multiple hues and colors provides a beautiful and unique look that will take your prom night look to the next level.  If you still have color complimenting questions, feel free to ask us what might look best with your color dress.  You’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for here to complete the perfect prom style!

 

 

 

Bouquet Breakdown: Breezy End-of-Summer Beach Wedding

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today marks our second installment of Bouquet Breakdown. Have you had a chance to check out last month’s romantic, rustic bouquet?

Today’s bouquet was beautifully crafted for one of our own! Matlack Florist staff member, Nancy, celebrated the wedding of her son and his bride on the last weekend of September! This elegant hand-tied bouquet was designed with a bit of texture, and dimension with a slight cascade. The bride and groom were married at the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor for an end-of-summer beach wedding, so the soft colors and light textures complemented the theme perfectly. We’re sure the cascading greenery moved beautifully with the ocean breeze at the ceremony.

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The flowers used in this bouquet are:  White ‘Playa Blanca’ roses, light pink ‘Sophie’ roses, white ranunculus, white astilbe, white stock, white mini calla lilies, snow on the mountain, and a mix of cascading greenery that includes plumosa, italian ruscus, seeded eucalyptus and trailing ivy.

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Bouquet Breakdown: Romantic & Rustic

Welcome to our first ‘In Bloom’ Bouquet Breakdown, where we will be showing you real bouquets made here at Matlack Florist and breaking down all the floral components of the bouquet for you!

This unstructured style of bouquet is right on trend and perfect for the bride who is looking for a very organic, natural bouquet.  The loosely-gathered look in creams, pinks and burgundies lends itself well to the late-summer bride.

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If you love this bouquet, here are the flowers that you need to recreate it:  Light Pink Roses, White Hydrangea, Burgundy Dahlias, White Calla Lilies, White Astilbe, and Blue Veronica.

This bouquet also has a strong focus on greenery, and includes a nice variety of the following:  Italian Ruscus, Camellia, Seeded Eucalyptus, Gunnii Eucalyptus, and Salal.

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Following with the natural theme of the bouquet, we left a large portion of the stems showing and finished off the bouquet with a lace burlap ribbon married with loose curls of sheer white ribbon.

Check back regularly for more bouquet breakdowns to come!

Graduation Day, Better with a Bouquet

By Christine W.

The beginning of June marks the extra special event of graduation in the lives of many young individuals. Whether it’s a Master’s degree or the end of a middle school era, at Matlack Florist, we love to celebrate milestones accordingly. Flowers are a great way to observe the commemorative event, and there are many different options to cheer on your graduate.

Presentation flowerpresentations are popular for graduates, and they can be done in countless different varieties.  One of our favorites ways to present graduation flowers is to arrange them in the graduate’s school colors with a matching bow, and the photos will look great with all of the coordinated colors.

Presentation bouquets come in all price ranges and have a great deal of customization options for color options. Come in and ask what we have in your graduate’s school colors.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one graduation present, consider our money corsage. They’re a fun way to incorporate a gift of money and  wear during the commencement, not to mention being the envy of all their fellow graduates.  The bills can be folded into shapes like origami and wired into the corsage so they can easilyIMG_3202 be taken out.  Additionally, the corsage can also be done in the graduate’s school colors with matching flowers.

This money corsage pictured on the left was made at Matlack Florist for a Lehigh University graduate in her school’s colors.

Decorating the graduation cap has been a long standing tradition amocapng graduates, and at Matlack Florist we have a trendy solution if you’re having trouble finding the perfect cap decoration.  Adorning the cap with a floral hair wreath is both modern and glamorous, and completely unique.  They can be attached to the cap easily and taken off, and can be made out of fresh blooms or silk flowers.

Congratulations to all of the 2016 graduates! At Matlack Florist we hope to continue celebrating with you all year long.

 

 

 

Romantic Wedding in Pinks and Whites

Introducing Amanda and Mike, who were married on a beautiful spring day this past May! The romantic ceremony and reception were held at Mendenhall Inn in Delaware, and Amy Tucker Photography perfectly captured the beauty and excitement of the day.

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The bridal bouquet was crafted in pale shades of pinks and whites, to include full white peonies, soft pink ranunculus, pale pink roses, dusty miller, viburnum and light touches of babies breath.

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Fall Harvest Bridal Shower

Fall Harvest Bridal Shower:  Create beautiful centerpiece for your next event using nature as your inspiration!  #MatlackFlorist

This Fall Harvest Bridal Shower was held for our very own favorite administrative assistant here at Matlack Florist, Stephanie!  After having worked with Stephanie for a year and a half at the shop, I was honored when she asked me to be a part of her bridal party, and so excited to plan a bridal shower with my fellow bridesmaids!

Here is Stephanie in her office hard at work:

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Fall In Love Ladder:  This ladder was created using a decorative ladder from home festively adorned with pennants and faux fall leaves.  The pennants were created from card stock and stickers, and attached to the ladder using wash tape.  #MatlackFlorist

To celebrate this autumn-loving bride-to-be, we planned a shower to fit the season with a Fall Harvest theme.  We used a lot of our own personal items from home and added festive touches of fall to each item for the shower!

This miniature-sized ladder (right) was decorated using cardstock cut into pennant shapes (which were attached to the ladder using decorative washi tape), letter-shaped stickers to read “Fall in Love” and finished off with autumn leaves!

The bridal shower umbrella (below) was decorated with faux fall leaves as well to incorporate it into the theme!

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