I had the privilege to teach another floral design class at Whole Foods last weekend. It was all about using organic herbs, fruits, vegetables, and flowers in arrangements and for entertaining. You can pick these herbs from your garden or the farmer's market. Grab fruit from a tree. Choose fresh veggies and fruits that are locally grown (and even use them to cook later in the week). Buy organic, edible flowers and place them on plates or in drinks to add some jazz. There are so many ways to get creative. Think about bringing summer to you and your guests all year round!
I chose jewel toned vibrant Fall colors. Brighten up those muted browns, yellows and oranges by adding vibrant purple and reds. -Dahlias, Celosia, Statice
Pick a lemon off a tree, or buy about five to fill a six inch vase. Use a sharp nice to make slices.
Preparing for the Whole Foods class. This time we were inside because of the mimosas, but will be back outside next month.
The trick to putting any sliced fruit, candy, lentils, or whatever you are using, is to place a smaller glass inside the vase. Ideally it will be about 1/4 inch narrower. I however was shorthanded that and grabbed a lovely Sam Adams beer glass and stuck it inside. Perfect alternative and realistic too! Insert lemons in layers until you conceal the inner glass. Fill inner glass with water.
Be sure to take a mimosa break. So it turns out that there is a difference between the $5 gas station Andres I drink and high class Prosecco afterall.
Grabbing a bunch of parsley, dill, and rosemary for my demonstration. The lovely bartender is taking this photo.
Create a beautiful hand-tied bouquet with your chosen vibrant Fall flowers, cut so the top of the bouquet rests on the vase, and drop into the inner glass. To learn how to do a hand-tied bouquet, come to one of my design classes. I'm gonna warn you though- it does take practice.
I cracked open a coconut. This is a great option to spice up your party. Just place flower heads, in this case it was edible flowers, into the coconut. Fun and festive! Add flowers to your drinks to make it extra special.
Grab some wheat grass, insert sturdy flowers directly into soil such as these sunflowers, or for more delicate stems like tulips, place them into a water and then insert into soil.
Add seasonal fresh organic fruit to your flowers, then eat afterward! For a how-to, click on the picture.
And that's it folks. Sometimes I feel like Julie in Julie & Julia. Hellooooo, are you reading this? Is anyone out there?