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

Last-Minute Christmas Centerpiece

If you haven't had a chance to make a centerpiece (or order one), there is always a really simple and beautiful way to dress up your holiday table. I saw these lovely glasses at Anthropologie the other day and thought they would make great holiday floral vessels. You really don't need very many flowers, just a couple varieties of festive flowers and greens and you have a lovely centerpiece. So, go out today and grab a few ingredients - your table will thank you! For those celebrating, have a lovely Christmas.

Flowers: poinsettia, orchid, mistletoe, fern, pine cone

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood "Glimmer-Wrapped Glassware" available at Anthropologie

Winter Styling: Clementine and Peony

Usually peonies are nowhere to be found around the flower mart in December, but I have been able to find them quite frequently these days due to Southern Hemisphere imports. It was a true delight, however, when I found these tree peonies along with the loveliest bunch of clementines at Garcia Greens the other day (by the way, I'am a great fan of Mr. Garcia, he's the sweetest). I decided that I wanted to combine some flowers that are not traditionally used together, and I don't think I have ever seen mistletoe and peonies in an arrangement together (all the more reason for me to do one right?). In addition, the hellebores in my garden have been gifting me with lovely flowers, so of course I incorporated them into my arrangement as well.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers: peony, carnation, hellebore, mistletoe, orchid, ranunculus, clementine Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Begin by placing the floral frog in the bottom center of the vase. The frog is mainly needed for the clementine branches. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Arrange the clementines throughout the vase. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Add the mistletoe (or whatever winter berries you can find). Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Continue by arranging the ranunculus. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I know I have said this before but carnations are so underestimated - can you believe the color of these? I love them, and they last forever! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Place the carnations where there is space without squeezing them so that their fluffy texture remains unhidden. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Can you believe this peony? So very lovely! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Finally, add the peonies - I added just three. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood