Blue Glass Beauties

Today's post is a quick and simple idea for any dinner party, weekend get together with friends, or just any about any occasion. When I saw these glasses, I thought they would make adorable vessels. I chose some spring flowers with different textures (some even have a sweet aroma) in pink and magenta hues as a lovely contrast with the blue. The beauty of these arrangements is that any single one is lovely on its own, and when put together in a cluster they lend a nice textural complexity to the table. Note: You could replace the pink/magenta flowers with white and red and you would have a lovely U.S. Independence Day arrangement!

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

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Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao Spun Recycled Glassware available at Pottery Barn

Color-Filled Cones DIY

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood The weather has been amazing in California this week, and especially so in the San Francisco area, where we are used to 60F weather in April/May rather than 80F weather. I found some wonderful ceramic ice cream cones and bowls a few weeks ago, and thought that filling them each with a single variety ('puffy' types work best in this) would be a bright pop of color on the table and reminiscent of colorful ice cream or sorbet. Just the right thing to cool a warm day down.

I call this a DIY, but it is so simple that it doesn't need any instructions. For each cone/bowl, pick a colorful variety and trim and place to achieve the desired effect. This would be a great cluster centerpiece for an outdoor spring or summer party - with the varieties/colors to match your chosen theme.

One note: The rice flower pictured comes painted, so be careful not to get it wet or the color can run and get all over everything.

What you'll need tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao

DIY Simple Arrangements - Part 2

Of the vase sets for the three arrangements in this DIY series, the vase tree I'll be using here is my favorite. I purchased it from my local Pottery Barn store a while back on sale for $20. I call that a great buy! I have received many compliments on it from my guests. Using left over flowers from other occasions is a great way to get reuse and cost savings out of your floral buying. Here I have used one of my Poinsettia plants which was still in perfect condition a month after Christmas. Poinsettia, along with the Japanese Privet berries, and some beautiful pink-colored Camelias from my garden make a gorgeous color combination for this corner piece.

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

What you will need:

  • Floral shears/scissors
  • Vase tree (as pictured) or any other eclectic hanging vases
  • Poinsettia plant or other unusual 'leafy' plant
  • Japanese Privet berries
  • Pink (or your favorite color) Camelia flowers

Step 1

Begin by placing Poinsettia leaves in each of the vases.

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Step 2

Similarly, trim and add the Japanese Privet to each vase.

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Step 3

Finally, trim and add a Camelia or two to each vase. Does it get any simpler?

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All photos by N. Underwood for Naked Bouquet