Stick ’em up

I’ve been pondering what to tart up the trestle tables in the marquee with. I’d already decided on simple bowls of mixed dahlias (I’ll have enough to do on the big day without fluffing about endlessly arranging fiddly floral displays), but I didn’t want to use glass bowls. Originally I thought about using galvanised buckets, but they’re a tad too tall – and there’s nothing worse than sitting at a table with an arrangement in the middle that’s so big you can’t see over or around it. Today I found the ultimate vessel: white ceramic mixing bowls. I bought eight for $15 each on sale at Stevens. Plus they’ll come in handy on the day before the wedding, when I intend to knock out a couple of hundred cupcakes…

And here’s a nifty tip from Vida Flores. The easiest way to display large, heavy, short-stemmed flowers in shallow bowls like this is to grab a roll of Sellotape and run strips across the top of the bowl, from side to side, to make an invisible supporting grid. Then just drop the blooms through the grid until there are no gaps showing. It’s ingenious – it means you use fewer flowers and you don’t have to jam them all up tightly so they support each other.

8 thoughts on “Stick ’em up

  1. Great idea for informal vases, and a useful tip about arranging the heavy flowers using sellotape. Thanks. Best wishes for the big day.

  2. What ever you decide will look absolutely stunning. Can’t wait to see your photos leading up to the wedding and including the wedding. Arohanui for your big day.

  3. Crikey, Linda – you’re a star! Have you ever thought about getting caterers or a florist – or dragging in someone else to do stuff 🙂 Won’t you have enough to do?? Have a wonderful day and I can’t wait to see photos either.

    • I do have a florist for the bouquets, and a fab catering company for the finger food… but seeing as we’re getting married at home it’s nice to do stuff myself too. (I say that now; by the end of next week it may be a different story!).

  4. Linda you are so good at the detail. I was talking with my Mum about you in the weekend and decided our invite mustn’t be coming! Sad! But wonder why you didn’t have a good Kiwi working bee on a couple of your mad weekends (imagine what a pile of gardening nuts could do for you).
    Good luck

    • I’ll open the garden to the public next year (all going to plan) – you can come and have a good ol’ poke around then! And as for the working bees… I must confess that I’ve been flogging my family (plant this! paint that! whip! crack!) and the Hunk’s family for weeks. One weekend to go and I have a list of “must do” tasks a mile long still…

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