Red, White & BOOM! 2015 Event Design

Shwooh!  What a busy, fun, creative  weekend it was for AWDL!

This year we celebrated our 2nd annual July 4th weekend blowout party on the lake with family and friends.  I truly enjoyed planning and executing this year’s events and couldn’t have been happier with the decor!

I found these adorable Robin’s Egg blue chargers at Party Reflections Charlotte (give my girl, Linsey Martin a shout, she’s amazing to work with!) and built my decor from there to form a Country Chic vibe that pairs so well with the easy going, southern family feel.

DSC_0853I added in burlap linens, roped flatware, delicate eyelet napkins and vintage crates to round it off.

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I utilized several items from last years decor pile, but really chose to take the floral game up a notch this year.  I’ve had such great luck with FiftyFlowers.com for other events lately, so I ordered all of my stems through them for this event, too.  Everything arrived on Thursday, giving me ample time to unpack and process the flowers so they’d be hydrated and open for arranging come Saturday morning.

I chose the following based on color and heat resistance (since this event was outdoors):

  • Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
  • True White Garden Roses
  • Red Anemone
  • Dusty Miller Green Filler
  • Lipstick Red Mini Garden Roses
  • Dahlia Style Cremon Snowflake (because true Dahlia’s don’t hold up well in the heat)
  • Aquamarine Airbrushed Spider Mum (to tie into the Robin’s Egg blue)
  • Lamb’s Ear Green Fillerfloral stems collage

For the long farm tables, I used the vintage crates to build my centerpieces in.  I simply lined them with .2Mil plastic painting dropclothes (from Lowes), to keep my wet foam from leaking through the gaps onto the table runners.  Then, I placed 2-3 blocks of presoaked wet foam in the bottom of each crate and began to insert my stems.

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DSC_0883I started with the fillers along each outside edge and worked my way inward with flowers.  Making ‘country’ style arrangements truly is easy since they’re free flowing and wispy.

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DSC_0849The Dusty Miller and Silver Dollars were the perfect filler choices!  I love the cool blue tones they lend and how easy they both are to work with.

I alternated the farm tables with other crates that were slotted for bottles- the perfect means for me to reuse a ton of these colored milk bottles I scored on sale from Hobby Lobby last year!  Just tie a bit of twine around the necks and pop in a few stems- super easy centerpieces!DSC_0848

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DSC_0886I found a ton of other amazing vintage pieces at Party Reflections including wine barrel bars (1 for the salad bar turned dessert bar and the other for the DJ table set up on the dock), 2 8ft tall boxed hedges that I used as a backdrop for the DJ and 2 picket fence shelving units that held the personalized Tervis Tumbler party favors.  Photos to come!DSC_0890Buffet collageParty Reflections also had these great wooden risers that I mixed in with serpentine tables for the buffet.  They added extra display space AND an awesome rustic feel!

**Things to note about my floral choices:  The Anemone and Lamb’s Ear both have very short stems, making them difficult to use in the large arrangements.  I had to add watering tubes to the Anemone which was both time consuming and a pain.  I’ll probably steer clear of both in the future, as much as I love their look.

Hope everyone enjoyed the 4th!!  Until the next party…. CHEERS!

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