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

Bridal Bouquet: Garden-style DIY

A gorgeous bouquet adds a wow factor to the bride - enhancing the dress, shoes, jewelry, hair, makeup, and every other detail that she has chosen for her special day. Making a unique and dramatic garden-style bouquet isn't as difficult as one might think, and I decided to show you exactly that in this post! Note: Stand in front of a mirror when building a bouquet - it will allow you to see the bouquet from multiple angles without having to constantly stop and examine.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: pineapple lily, garden rose, parrot tulip, hellebore, lambs ear Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin with the pineapple lilies, and then surround them with the tulips to create a drooping base for building upon. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the hellebore to the "top" (closest to you) of the bouquet. Don't worry, this is an asymmetrical bouquet and will look different from every angle. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Now, add the garden roses and make sure that the flowers are not placed too tightly next to each other so that all of the flowers are visible. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the lambs ear, and then tie it. Some florists use green floral tape, but I find that tying them with cotton string usually works better for me. You can secure the bouquet in any manner that works for you. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Trim the stems so that they are all the same length (but be careful not to trim too much). Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

There are many, many ways to wrap a bouquet, from ribbon to burlap, and everything in between. For this bouquet, I wanted a very simple wrap, and just used a lacy ribbon around the original tie point. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

Mad About Macaroons

Let's face it, who doesn't love macaroons?! You can't escape them, as they are everywhere - and macaroons (actually macarons) have definitely become the new cupcake. I'll certainly admit that their allure was increased significantly after enjoying a selection at Hakkasan a few weeks ago. This was a particularly fun and collaborative project with Angie and crew at Cao Studio, and a huge thanks to Valerie Teele whose genius birthed the large macaroon props. If you're a regular reader, you'll know by now that I am big into combining my favorite things with flowers. I hope that you enjoy this floral macaroon inspiration as much I enjoyed putting it together. The sky is the limit when it comes to the party styling possibilities with this combination.

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Flowers: dahlia / hyacinth / lily / kumquat / blueberries / lavender / lisianthus / garden rose / jasmine

Credits: Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao Large macaroon props by Valerie Teele Macaroons from Hakkasan