Best Buds/spring Supper Club

My teenage daughter’s Supper Club has become something I look forward to each time that we host it! Each one has a different theme and different menu, but the friendships and fun grow every time! For this Supper Club, the theme was “Best Buds” and we went with a flower theme. We hosted it on the Thursday before Easter- which was the night before a school holiday began. Many of the girls were already traveling for Easter break, and so we had a smaller group than we usually do- but it was not small on chatter and laughter and all of the things that make each one so much fun!

Favor Boxes by Loralee Lewis /Vases by Parker Kennedy Living/ Styling and Photo by Lydia Menzies

Doing something different each time is always fun, and setting the table around the theme is, too! My friend David, of Parker Kennedy Living, showed me some vases they had just gotten in at their shop and offered to let me use them for the flower themed party. The colors were perfect, and I could picture them with pink, orange, and yellow flowers. We loaded them all into my car and they became the focal point of the Supper Club table.

I found ranunculus at Trader Joe’s and bought all they had in the colors I needed. The blooms were stunning and I loved the way the stems curved and swayed. I formed a “table runner” with all of the vases down the center of the table and ended up using around 50 vases. The blue and green milk glass vases are gorgeous on their own and then even more so when you pop in all of the flowers. I especially like the different shapes and sizes of the vases. When I put them on the table, I didn’t overthink the order of the vases but instead just varied the colors and heights to make it look eye-catching. I used more blue than green simply because that is what I had. Here is an overhead view…

For the placemats and favor boxes, I ordered from my friend Loralee Lewis. I loved the mix of green and white gingham with the floral print in pinks, yellows and greens. Inside of each of the favor boxes, we put a gold foil bunny from our local chocolate shop, Condor Chocolate. The favor boxes looked pretty at each place setting. This collection by Loralee Lewis is called Happy Floral and has lots of other pretty pieces in this design. I fell in love with the green gingham and Loralee printed the pattern on placemats for us.

I played around with the table setting a little- I loved the layer of yellow that the Kate Spade plates added to the white and pink glass plates…which way do you like better? See below for just the white with the pink depression glass plates. I found Rose Lemonade at Target and loved that it was a mix of lemonade with a flower- a perfect drink for our flower theme! Not to be confused with Rose’ Lemonade- this drink is made with Rose Water and is non-alcoholic, of course – serving to teens and all! But the cashier at Target asked to see my ID because she thought it was wine lemonade… and then my daughter thought I had made a mistake and bought them Rose’ too! I definitely drank one myself just to check and to be on the safe side. 🙂

And, in keeping with the “Best Buds” theme, each girl had a bud vase with a flower at her seat. I was lucky enough to meet Maizie Clark at The Southern Coterie Summit in February, and we teamed up to create these custom bud vases for the girls. Maizie send over 2 flower designs that she hand drew, and my daughter chose the flower that she liked best. They were then printed onto the vases and shipped to us to use as gifts for our guests. The girls seemed to love the thought and sentiment of the vases, and I can’t thank Maizie and Michelle enough for creating such a sweet gift for us to share with friends!

Custom Bud Vases by Maizie Clark

We decided on the white flower (or Camille did and I agreed) because that way, no matter what bloom you put in the vase, it would always show off the beautiful flower. We love the “best buds” inscription on the vase!

The bud vases were such a hit and so were the fabulous paintings that were created for the girls by Mary Sams. Mary is the mom of one of the girls- she is so talented and was so kind to paint one for each of the Supper Club Girls.

The girls loved being able to choose the girl and color scheme they liked the most- and they look so pretty all grouped together! I love that the girls have some special treats to remind them of their buds- and that they know the artist personally!

For this Supper Club, I kept the menu very easy! Because I hosted my website re-launch party earlier on the same day, I ordered croissant sandwiches and a fruit platter from Chicken Salad Chick, salads from Maepole in Athens, and had pigs in a blanket from Home.Made in Athens. Some of the menu was the same as the luncheon earlier in the day- I just ordered enough to have for both parties. We did have an extra-special dessert for Supper Club…

Aren’t these cake pops soooo cute??? Bunnies holding bouquets of flowers?? I couldn’t love them more, and they couldn’t be more perfect for our spring Supper Club that was held just before Easter! The cake pops were made by Pop Pedler in California and shipped carefully across the US to make it Georgia in time for the party. You can see they made the trip well! Pop Pedler was and is so wonderful to work with- she is just the most talented and most thoughtful!

The details are just so cute and sweet! From the bows in their “hare” (sorry) and their tiny pearl feet…there is also an adorable bunny tail on the back made of a pearl sprinkle. Pop Pedler has won me over with her creative treats, and I can’t wait to order again soon! And, I ordered extra so that I could have some for Easter lunch with my family. I just put them in the refrigerator and they were perfect for dessert on Sunday!

I also attempted to make the bunny cake pops stand in the Dirt Cup desserts that my daughter and her friend made for Supper Club. I needed a taller container or a shorter stick, but you get the idea!

It was such a nice Spring night, we took the party outside and the girls enjoyed hanging out on the porch. They also got into the leftover cooler of sodas (with permission, of course) that we had earlier in the day at the website launch lunch. They are always a joy to have over and I can’t wait to see them all again soon!

THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES FOR THEIR BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTS!

CUSTOM “BEST BUDS” VASES- MAIZIE CLARKE

BLUE AND GREEN MILKGLASS VASES- PKL-THE CELLAR

FAVOR BOXES & GINGHAM PLACEMATS- LORALEE LEWIS

FLOWER GIRLS ARTWORK- MARY SAMS

BUNNY CAKE POPS- POP PEDLER

Flower Arranging with Parker Kennedy Living

Several weeks ago, I spent the day with Lance Jackson and David Ecton of Parker Kennedy Living to help them with a video they wanted to make- I was working behind the camera while they were busy showing their Instagram followers tips on brightening their homes with creative flower arrangements. We shot the video live on Instagram and had so much fun! But, I think the video is lost forever because we didn’t hit that save button before it was posted. Ugh! It was our very first attempt at “going live” and now we know! The good news, though, is that I also took a million photos that day. The arrangements were so beautiful and their new home was so gorgeous, I couldn’t stop snapping shots of it all. It was a feast for the eyes, and I wanted to share it with you!

The photo above is a picture of what started the idea for this lesson on floral design from Lance- greenery and citrus. The fresh, lush greenery combined with the unexpected citrus fruit is such a good combo. Lance used myrtle branches for the greenery and then put the oranges, lemons, and limes on floral picks and placed them around the base of the large blue and white vase. David was the chief assistant and helped keep us entertained while all of this floral magic was happening! One of the most magical aspects of the greenery and citrus fruit is that it was the easiest one to create and the most dramatic! It was nice to see that a show-stopping, creative, eye-catching floral arrangement doesn’t have to be hard!

As you can see above, all of the ingredients for a gorgeous floral arrangement were laid out on the table to make it easier to work with it. Lance and David had all of the vases and cache pots on the table- and I think choosing such beautiful pieces is as important as what goes in them! Below, you can see the pots and vases that they chose- and notice that a floral oasis was used for some of the arrangements to hold it all in place. Soak the oasis in water and then place it in the pot, vase, or planter- your flowers will thank you and you won’t have to water as often!

The roses that they used were so many pretty shades! Most of the roses were found at the grocery store- isn’t that great to know? I love how Lance and David mixed the colors and added greenery to create a burst of color that isn’t that hard to replicate in our own homes. Take a look at this one- it turned out to be my favorite…

And, while we are gawking at the flowers, how about the fabulous blue and white vase (and garden stool, hello!)? Everything in this photo looks so elegant- the coffee table books, the velvety pillow, and the stunning arrangement that we all know we can make! At least we know we can achieve one piece of this look, if nothing else right? 🙂

I also love how Lance and David put groupings of roses in blue and white vases and ginger jars. I always felt like I needed to mix in something else to make it look right, but they taught me how beautiful and easy it is to simply start with a unique vase and put roses in so that they are just peeking out of the top. I’m sold on that idea and I really love the simplicity.

And even in mostly one shade, the yellow roses look so pretty tightly fit into a contrasting blue vase…my mom’s favorite color combo has always been blue and yellow, and so this flower arrangement made me think of her! That would be a great gift idea for me to remember to give her one day!

So, what do y’all think so far? Do you feel like these are fancy and fantastic but also do-able? And, let me ask you this…have you ever used asparagus in your flower arrangements? I haven’t! But, leave it to Lance to combine roses and asparagus and make it look fabulous!

The produce section definitely caught his eye when he was in the grocery store shopping for roses. Along with the citrus fruits and asparagus, Lance came back home with cabbage too! I am definitely more of a give-me-lots-of-color-kind-of-girl, but for those of you who prefer a calmer vibe, you will love the cabbage combo!

I love how the asparagus gives the same feel to the arrangement as the myrtle greenery in the roses…but if you don’t have access to myrtle, then grab some asparagus stalks at the store and design away! I often clip greenery from my yard to add to flowers, and boxwood clippings are my usual go-to. Now that we have dogs, I occasionally receive a bouquet of boxwoods fresh from Tuck’s mouth when he decides to be naughty. I have to admit, it does make for a lovely little organic pop of pretty on our breakfast table when it happens!

And, look at how pretty the flower arrangements look grouped all together on this wicker console. The Parker Kennedy design eye is strong! The garden room in their home is stunning all by itself- and then add in their incredible talent for interior design and it becomes jaw-dropping. If you don’t already follow Parker Kennedy Living on Instagram, you should! They share the most inspiring photos and such fun glimpses into life at The Governor’s Mansion which you can also follow on IG as they restore this historical home and property in Commerce, GA. And, to help us all achieve their signature look, they have created a wonderful online shop where they offer finds that range from rare, antique finds to whimsical, fun Barbie shoe jewelry. The shop is called PKL-The Cellar, and each week I look forward to seeing what they are offering. Lance’s keen eye for choosing such amazing and unique pieces is always a big draw for me- you never know what will pop up in the shop!

I hope you are inspired and encouraged to create something lovely after seeing how easy it can be to play around with flowers and to think outside the flower box. I loved being a part of this day and this video- I only wish we still had the video for you guys to see! I do have a quick little blooper video that I will share with you- I made them do a quick practice run so that I could check the lighting and sound before we went live. It is always a joy to be with Lance and David of Parker Kennedy Living, and I am excited that I can share my talented friends with you. I hope you love them as much as I do! They are wonderful people with tons of talent- they deserve to be shared as they truly spread goodness through their kind hearts and their immense talents! Here’s Lance below taking a quick pic of his creative handiwork!

Happy Arranging! I would love to see what you all are inspired to create!

xo,

Lydia

Flower Cookies for Mother’s Day or Any Day!

Hello Friends,

 I hope you are all doing well!  My blog has been on “pause” for  awhile mainly due to time contraints.  I am hoping to be back here a little more often and to bring you a few new things along the way.  My kids and I have been playing around with the idea of doing a video for you all.  I must admit, we can only improve from here!! We laugh at our first attempt, but you have to start somewhere…

 We make these marshmallow flowers every year in different versions.  I used to have my classes make these for their moms on Mother’s Day (we would invite the moms to a Mother’s Day Tea) when I taught school.  They have been a big hit for so many years, and so we thought we would start with something “tried and true” to bring you our first ever video.  Remember, we can only get better from here!! 🙂  It has been fun and funny to make the video- the kids love the bloopers at the end.  We hope you learn a little something that you can use- and we hope that your kids can learn from it, too!  We would love for it to be a video that they can follow along with and make something fun with minimal help from their parents.  Here goes…please watch our video below (and you can be our very first subscriber- we have 0!)…

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Flower Cookies- Quick and Easy
You will need…
Sugar Cookies
Marshmallows
Skittles (or other round candy)
Sprinkles
White Icing
Food Coloring
1.  Combine the white icing with one or two drops of food coloring to make the colors that you want.  Make in small batches.
2.  Spread the icing on a sugar cookie.
3.  Use kitchen scissors (adults only) and cut a marshmallow into five “petals”.
4.  Put marshmallow petals on the icing on the cookie.
5.  Add a candy center.
6.  Sprinkle sprinkles on marshmallow petals
7.  Serve and enjoy!

 

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