Brining the White House Home with Former White House Chief Florist, Laura Dowling was the theme to a grand event at Allandale Mansion in Kingsport, Tennessee. Laura shared her floral artistry and new book, Floral Diplomacy at the White House with master gardeners, gardening enthusiasts and special friends.
One of my floral mentors and friend is the former White House Chief Florist, Laura Dowling. She recently has published her first book called Floral Diplomacy at the White House. I wanted to share with you her talent and skills as a floral designer as well as my experience working as a volunteer with her at the White House. The following is a recent article that I had written for VIP SEEN Magazine May 2017 issue. All photos posted in this article are courtesy of Stichtung Kunstboek, Publisher of Floral Diplomacy at the White House.
Welcome your guests to the beauty of a Living Wreath on your garden wall or shaded front door. A heavy duty wreath frame is lined with a green jute-type fiber that holds potting mix and small openings can be cut in the fiber to insert fresh individual flowers, like pansies, ivy, petunias and other small leaf florals and plants.
Nothing says Easter and Spring like birds nests and Robin Blue Eggs! Celebrate this Easter with a pretty turquoise and white with robin blue color scheme for your holiday table setting. A white ruffled cake stand provides the base for this one of a kind centerpiece with a moss filled grapevine wreath and white peonies are nested together for the hard boiled Robin blue eggs. The eggs were made with an old fashioned dye recipe using red cabbage and white vinegar for the intense blue egg color. I know I said red cabbage.. read more to see how these eggs turn blue and to know if you have a good egg or a bad egg in the stock pot.
Celebrate Easter with this lemon creme and marshmallow filled cake fashioned like a Spring time Straw Hat. The 12 inch round cake is layered with lemon pastry creme with a hollowed cake “crown ” filled with marshmallow, cream cheese and whipped cream . The cake is frosted with lemon frosting. A dot and drag icing technique decorates the sides of the “brim” of the cake while a few purple pansies sit pretty around the “crown” along the lavender ribbon band and bow. You can make this too and just in time for Easter Dinner.
DIY: Tissue Paper & Card Stock Flowers are beautiful wall accents for dessert tables or any party occasion. Instead of a plain white wall, sassy it up with red, white and black tissue paper and card stock flowers. Here is an easy tutorial that will show you how to create your own blooming beauties.
Need a Spring Tablescape Idea with Gerber Daisies? Try bright red and orange Gerber Daisies with yellow viola’s. in a large scalloped white bowl. Deck out your table place-settings with cobalt blue plates and vibrant orange napkins with red flower napkin rings. So pretty, so sassy, so festive for Spring or Summer entertaining. Setting a pretty table will make everyone happy and your food more appetizing. So, lets get started with this pretty table setting.
Welcome Spring ! Create a Spring Flower Arrangement and bring potted blooming bulbs inside for an easy, simple table centerpiece.
As the ground awakens from the wintertime slumber, tulip and daffodil stems push through the soil about to burst open with colorful fresh blooms. Bright yellow forsythia bushes and cherry blossom branches begin to pop open profusely with small breathtaking delicate flowers. The scent of sweet hyacinths and greening new grass alert our senses that spring has arrived.
Do you need Graduation Dessert Table Ideas for your Graduate? Start with a painted Chevron Wall Canvas with large Gerber Daisies in bright colors as the backdrop for your table. The bright colors in the canvas was the inspiration for the entire reception. To watch a live presentation on Daytime Blue Ridge go to http://serveitupsassy.com/category/multi-media/tv-segments/ For Step by Step instruction on how to create the Chevron Wall Canvas and more keep reading. Recipe Development, Food Styling, Photography and Article by Liz Bushong
Color Splash your entertaining table with sunny bright colors of spring. Splashes of Color set the stage for a simple garden party! Polka-dots and clay pots to bring life the bright colors of this spring composition. The color-rich palate includes hot pink, purple, yellow, terracotta, lime and tangerine! I created this tablescape for a garden party, which was in my backyard. The party was for a small group of girl friends, actually it was an afternoon dessert or pick me up party. Dessert has a way of picking us up in the middle of the afternoon. We sat by the water feature and listened to the running water as we sipped on tea and dove into the chocolate mousse brownie. The table so pretty and cheerful, we left all the cares behind and just enjoyed the sights and sounds of nature.
Spot cake recipe features orange, lime and hot pink cake balls baked in the middle of a white loaf cake. The cake is decorated with butter cream fondant and decorated with orange, lime and hot pink Gerber Daisies. This cake is so much fun to create! You will have a great time making the cake balls, which are made from pound cake slices and tinted frosting. The cake balls are refrigerated until firm, then added to raw cake batter and baked. When the cake is sliced the cake has Spot-On Dots inside. My cake was inspired by Amanda Rettke’s Book. I changed a few things to make it my own, but please check out her book. It is fabulous and Spot-On when it comes to creating interesting cakes with a surprise in the middle.
The real queen of baking surprise- inside cakes is Amanda Rettke. Her book Surprise-Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion with a Little Something Extra Inside can be linked here.