Archive for February, 2011

Wedding Flower Centerpieces Using White Wedding Flowers

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

As spring approaches, the wedding season and all the hoopla surrounding it begins.  With the receptions, ceremonies, wedding and bridesmaid dresses to name a few, not to mention the flowers the costs all add up rather quickly.  Thus, what I thought I would do is help brides on a budget by showing how to make  inexpensive yet elegant wedding flower centerpieces using white wedding flowers.  Then you can always add some color to the table along with these flower arrangements by accenting your tables with colored votive candles, rose petals or colored napkins.

Wedding flower centerpieces can start anywhere from a simple bowl of fresh flowers to an elaborate silver centerpiece with candles and small satellite flower arrangements surrounding it. Table centerpieces can cost anywhere beginning at $20 and grow to hundreds of dollars.  But how about the bride who is on a budget and wants pretty white wedding flowers?  Here are the simple steps to take to create DIY wedding flowers.

To make your wedding flower centerpieces, first start with a small glass container, square or round, one tea leaf and one to two dozen flowers such as roses.  It is probably best to use a glass container that has a five to six inch opening.  The one pictured below is a five-inch square container.

The next step is to cut the stems of the flowers so that they fit the container you selected for your flower arrangements.  Most professional florists use a sharp knife to cut the stems at an angle.  What can I say, I am not a professional florist and I used a pair of sharp scissors to cut the stems.  Measure the flowers in the jar to see if you shortened them to the desired length.  Then, to hide the stems in the glass container, take your tea leaf and wrap it on the inside of the glass container as seen in the picture below.

Once you have the desired length of the flower stem, tie the stems together.  Either string, a rubber band or wire twister will work just fine.  If you want to accent the white wedding flowers on the side of the vase,  add some ribbon or greenery as seen in the picture above.  Fill the vase up with water, add a packet of chrysal to keep the flowers fresh and place the bouquet in the water.  To finish off your DIY wedding flowers, you may need to work with the bouquet a little to ensure there are no holes or empty spaces in the arrangement.

If your wedding is at night, accent your wedding flower centerpieces with votive candles or throw a contrasting color of rose petals around the flower arrangements or both!  DIY wedding flowers can be just as elegant as a professional’s but you don’t need to tell anyone!  I hope you have fun creating white wedding flowers for your wedding or a dinner party.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, stylish, fun and economical to all!

17th Annual SAG Awards

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Here are a couple of articles and pictures from the SAG Awards.


One of the SAG Awards® Dinner Party Recipes

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Each year at the SAG Awards®, we serve our A-List Hollywood guests an anti-pasta plate of food that has four mini-courses on it.  Here is one of the delicious dinner party recipes we served at this year’s SAG Awards®. This arugula salad recipe also appeared in the January 20th edition of People Magazine®.

Arugula Salad Recipe (serves 6)

4 large blood oranges
½ (5oz) package fresh arugula
15 large dried dates, pitted and halved
¼ lb. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper

  1. Peel the oranges and remove the white pith and then slice the oranges into ¼” pinwheels.
  2. Scatter half of the arugula on a large platter.  Arrange half of the oranges, dates and cheese over greens.  Repeat using remaining ingredients.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle lightly with Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.

At the SAG Awards®, we served this arugula salad recipe with an herbed crostini.  A crostini is a nice accompaniment to any plate and is easy to make and serve along with other dinner party recipes you may offer your guests.

Herbed Crostini (serves 6)

6 baguette slices, cut into pieces 8” long and ¼” thick
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
6 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Then, brush both sides of the bread slices with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet. (You may want to place parchment paper on top of the baking sheet to help the bread bake evenly.)
  2. Combine the cheese and herbs and sprinkle mixture evenly over the bread.  Bake for 7 to 8 minutes until crisp and golden.  Serve as a whole crostini on the top of or to the side of the salad.

Other items created by Suzanne Goin for this year’s SAG Awards® that were served to our guests were a king salmon with cucumbers, yogurt and ginger mint chutney, beluga lentils with carrots, pine nuts and feta and a slow-roasted lamb with chickpeas, black olives and feta salsa verde.  We served Dry Creek Vineyard wines (our red wine was created especially for the SAG Awards®), Voss water and Taittinger Champagne.

I hope you can use this arugula salad recipe created for the SAG Awards® as one of your dinner party recipes for your next special event or party.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, stylish, fun and economical to all!