Inspiration: Colin Cowie tablestyling
Almost immediately, thoughts of snow, candlelight and Colin Cowie came to mind. To me, Colin is the master at creating simple, elegant, low profile banquet style tablescapes. However, to create a bit more height and drama, I was wanting to utilize additional branch arrangements dressed with simple silver or glass ornaments. I drew up a concept, listed what I would need, came up with a price, and confirmed everything with Vero's sister Ronnie.
My version with a little height for drama.
Thursday afternoon - I sourced and purchased all but the flowers. I did stop at a local flower depot to ensure they would have six dozen white roses that I would pick up the following day. Because they are in higher demand for the holidays, the price had increased from $13 for 2 dozen to $20 for 2 dozen (I think this is otherwise known as price gouging). Be that as it may, I knew she really liked the look of the rose nosegays, so I bit the bullet.
Saturday morning, I unloaded my supplies and set up an assembly line in the kitchen. I was most concerned with the flowers staying fresh, so I made space out in the garage refrigerator to store the arrangements after they were made. I used our bar counter to simulate the arrangement to be set on the table and help a one dimensional drawing come to life. This is also where I did troubleshooting and problem solving. For example: although I bought bags of snow and really wanted to use it on the table, I was leery of it flying up into peoples food or wine. To solve the problem, and still be able to use the snow, I added another smaller cylinder inside a cylinder. The small cylinder would hold the water for the flowers. In between the two cylinders, I spooned in snow, as well as added some acrylic snowflakes I was going to be hanging from the branches. To help secure the small cylinder inside (and avoid it shifting during transit) - I added a dab of hot glue to connect them both.
Every rose has it's thorn: and t least 5 out of six dozen stuck me in the thumb - not too bad lol. I pulled off leaves & guard petals, snipped off thorns, and lastly, gave the roses a fresh cut and placed them into water in the sink - to hold until it was time to make arrangements.
Clear hair ties are great for holding together stems.
The assembly line.
Smaller cylinders I later secured inside larger cylinders with a dab of hot glue.
After roses expire, the set can be used as a candle holder.
I feel like I really lucked out when I found the three taller vases to hold the branches in. Originally, I thought I would have used a more cone style with a pedestal base from Micheal's. But I found these tall and heavier weight etched glass vases at HomeGoods that to me - looked like ICE. I really didn't want to fill the vases with rocks, so to save on expenses for the budget, I planned to utilized what I knew I would have unlimited access to at the restaurant: ICE. To keep with an ice & wintry theme, I planned on utilizing two sizes of mirror squares as the runner in the center of the table. In between would be the glow of 2 dozen votive candles, mixed with some snowy white pine cones.
I confirmed the time to install with Ronnie. I planned on getting to the restaurant at 4pm and dinner was at 7pm. Since this was my first solo installation for a dinner party, I had wanted to give myself enough time - "just in case any snags " were to arrive. I cleaned up my kitchen, pre-loaded my car, got ready, loaded the flowers and I was on my way. I called Ronnie again to confirm car parking, entrance and ensure the restaurant would have a cart available for me to unload.... And then the "snag" came.
While driving on I-95 en route to the restaurant, Ronnie called and said those dreaded words a designer does not want to hear: "There's been a change." As my heart sank momentarily, I said, "Ok - give it to me." Ronnie went on to say, "The room is all set however, instead of ONE table, the restaurant had to do two because the one wouldn't fit - so can you work your magic and just split the arrangement into two?" (sigh - not the vision - but what are you going to do?) "Sure. I'll see what I can do when I get there."
Room restaurant "ready" when I arrived.
Room after the split.
Have a GREAT day!
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