An Outdoor Dinner Party in a Connecticut Garden
The last thing you want is to look like you bought your flowers in the pre-arranged bundle at the grocery store. Don’t get me wrong, grocery store flowers have come a long way, but even some of the nicer stores put cheap filler in that just doesn’t look good. Plus, I’m a stickler for seasonal flowers, so I do not like tulips in July, peonies in August, or mums in June.
Simple flower bouquet starts with one bundle of grocery store flowers + some foraged finds
DIY: Assemble 4 casual rustic bouquets with only one bundle of grocery store flowers
Add in some fresh herbs like Thyme and some foraged finds like pokeweed
I do like small bouquets that are almost weed-like and very loose. I’m super casual, so uptight flower arrangements make me nervous. I like to use foraged flowers and greens mixed with one bundle from the grocery store. Although I have a few nice vases, I prefer simple, rustic pottery or re-purposed jars to a crystal vase. I often paint jars in one color and use them on the table and give each of my guests a jar of flowers to take home as a sort of parting gift. You can read more about that in this post. For this post, I had fully intended to paint the jars, but as I was checking out at Whole Foods, I saw paper bags neatly stacked and asked if I could have a few. She gave me a generous stack and off I went. I used the jars as is and set them in the bags folded down a few rolls.
For a casual look for this garden setting, I used kraft paper bags . . .
and lined them down the table on an ochre linen runner from Garnet Hill
I used one bunch of Rudbeckia and then went to the beach in search of something to mix in with it to give it a loose and foraged look. I’ve heard pokeweed can be poisonous if eaten, but I assure you no one is eating the flower arrangements. I also snipped some dried weed like stalks for their texture and dark rust color and added a few sprigs of thyme to each jar.
Warm Colors from flowers, foraged weeds & linen
The colors of the flowers seemed perfect for my Garnet Hill Relaxed-Linen tablecloths and napkins. I used the white linen tablecloth as the base and added the ochre tablecloth folded like a runner for the center of the table. The tawny port/burgundy napkins worked perfectly as well. I love GH Sintra Stoneware in white. Each piece is hand thrown, painted, and finished in Portugal. It’s durable and yet feels very hand-made.
Rustic linens and stoneware from Garnet Hill
Keep it simple. casual, and rustic while still beautiful and a little bit refined
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