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!
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.
And that's it folks. Sometimes I feel like Julie in Julie & Julia. Hellooooo, are you reading this? Is anyone out there?