A Sweet and Simple Easter

Happy Friday friends! I did this Easter DIY last year, but it was not published on my own blog, so I am sharing it with you today. I think it is simple, cute and colorful - as well as a fun activity to do with kids in prepping for an Easter table. With Easter, the possibilities for creative expression are abundant. This particular design incorporates the staples of spring and Easter (colorful flowers and eggs) in a unique and easy way. I did not color the eggs here, but think how much fun it would be to have all sorts of colorful eggs on that plate!! The green ranunculus are amazing in the texture that they bring to the design, and the colorful pop of the tulips and lilies scream cheer and happiness. A few ceramic rabbits on another cake plate finish the Easter motif. I hope that you enjoy trying your own version of this DIY!

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Flowers: tulip, ranunculus, lily Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Begin by placing the pedestal bowl on top of the cake platter and start arranging the tulips so that they hang over the side of the bowl. The tulip leaves (attached to the stems) create a nice fill as well. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Continue by placing the lilies in the same manner next to the tulips. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Add the ranunculus and additional tulips. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Continue by filling in with additional numbers of each variety. This arrangement works well by having a reasonable segregation between the floral varieties. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Stack the eggs carefully around the platter and voilà - you have a lovely Easter centerpiece. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao

Unique Vessels: Love Mug Centerpiece

It's that time of year when commercialism and corporate greed strongly suggests that we buy expensive and unnecessary things for our lovers. Yes indeed, Valentine's Day is nearly here. While it isn't my favorite "holiday", there are some really fun and unique things that can be done with flowers that don't involve a lot of cost. In this post, I've used some cute Monogram Mugs from Anthropologie to spell out LOVE. This would make a great table centerpiece for a stay-at-home date night dinner on V-day. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Flowers: tulip, ranunculus, anemone, hyacinth, amaryllis, calendula, geranium Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Begin by dispersing the geranium leaves amongst all four of the mugs and place a few tulips in the “E” mug, allowing them to hold their natural droop. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Add the ranunculus to all of the mugs. Fill the rest of the “E” mug with both ranunculus and the calendula. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

In the “O” and “L” mug add in the amaryllis and the hyacinth until both are filled with flowers. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Continue by adding the anemones to the center of the arrangement. They add a fun element as their black centers compliment the black letters on the mugs. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Continue filling in where there is any empty space with the remaining flowers! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao Monogram Mugs available at Anthropologie

Chic Dinner Table in Pink

Happy New Year my friends! I have missed you. I was on the road with my family to Texas and back (yes, 4300 miles / 6900 km of driving), so 12 days away from work and the blog seemed a world away. But, it sure was a lot of fun. I hope that you all had a fabulous holiday season as well. I am excited for all the new possibilities that this year has already presented. I also have some new ideas for projects which I will be blogging about and sharing with you over the next few weeks and months.

Earlier in December, my good friend Angie Cao and I, along with the amazing food stylist Alexa Hyman, got together and styled a lovely winter dinner table. It was great fun - here are the results!

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

As I was coming up with the theme for the floral styling, I simply imagined what I would want my winter dinner table to look like. I wanted to stay away from the typical winter and holiday red and green, but still wanted some color, so I chose pink - which always has availability in so many shades. (It didn't hurt that I found the most amazing anemones and ranunculus in pink!)

I used ornamental kale, mistletoe, ranunculus, anemone and scabiosa in one arrangement and for the smaller clusters I used only one or two kinds of flowers. I bought some inexpensive regular glass textured vases and painted them gold and I must say I love how they turned out.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Can you believe this ranunculus? Such a beauty! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

This arrangement of narcissus and mint simply smelled exquisite! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Floral styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao Food styling by Alexa Hyman