Flower Arranging Tools 

Flower Arranging Tools 

It is no secret that we love fresh flowers at home. They quickly brighten up any space and makes it more inviting. If you are new to flower arranging, the idea of creating your own bouquet can be a little overwhelming. But don’t get discouraged!! With the right tools, flower arranging can be fun and simple.

If this Spring, you feel inspired to start creating your floral arrangements, make sure that you have some basic tools on hand. And don’t forget: The first step to mastering a skill lies in the dedication and practice you put into that new hobby.

There are a lot of florist’s tools right there. But to make it simple, we have listed some of the basic tools that we use in our arrangements:

Floral clippers

A good pair of floral clippers is key to creating a flower arrangement and ensuring that each stem is cut correctly to allow the flowers to drink water.

Pruners

Thicker stems and branches can be a problem without the right tool. The branch cutters are similar to floral clippers but can easily cut and clip more rigid stems.

Floral Tape

Floral tape is a must-have! They come in different colors and can be used for wrapping stems and lining vases. We use the clear tapes more often than the green ones, but both work great.

The clear floral tape is helpful to create a grid on top of the containers to help flowers stay in place and add support. We replaced the floral foams with clear tape and the chicken wire, and we don’t regret it! The green waterproof tape can be used to secure the bases of stems together.

Chicken wire

They are also called ‘wire mesh’ or ‘wire netting’. Like the floral tapes, the chicken wire adds support to the arrangement and gives you control over the structure of the arrangement. They can be bent to help guide and hold your arrangements in large containers.

Flower Thorn Strippers

This tool is easy to remove thorns and leaves from the stems, especially from roses. Begin by pulling down gently down the stem of a rose. It is important, to begin with, enough space down from the rose head to prevent it from falling off.

Moss

Add green or Spanish moss for a more finished look at your potted arrangements, terrariums, and baskets. Don’t use the moss in a vase of water with flowers; use it in an arrangement that doesn’t sit in vessels of water. If using the green sheet moss, make sure to saturate it before using it. 

Spray bottle

After we complete an arrangement, we finish it with a light mist of water to hydrate the blooms, especially the hydrangeas.

Optional: If you have a lazy Susan, prop your vase on it to easily move around your vase and check all sides.

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Pastel Pink and Yellow Easter Tablescape

Pastel Pink and Yellow Easter Tablescape

Easter is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, so it’s important to gather with our family and friends. We love creating a special tablescape for this holiday! Follow along to learn how we put together this one.

This tablescape is simple and easy to replicate. You don’t need something over the top to create a festive decor. Here, we accessorized the table with bunnies and medium-sized decorative easter eggs. They can be found almost at any store during this time of the year. Check the bottom of this post to shop. Since we used so many easter accessories, we kept the flowers simple. Remember, less is more!!

For the flowers, we used a spring classic, Hyacinth!! They are an early spring blooming bulb and are widely available in stores during this time of the year. They are incredibly fragrant with a sweet scent.

The pastel gingham pink linen napkins complemented the hyacinths and the flower vase’s pink shades. We love this pattern for Easter. We made the place cards a little more special with a spring feel by adding yellow spray roses. They are miniature standard roses easily found at stores. Using a hole puncher, punch a hole in the top of the place card.

Who doesn’t love chocolate!? We placed a few Lindt Chocolates on each place setting. After all, Easter is not complete without chocolate.


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Brownie and Chocolate Ganache

Brownie and Chocolate Ganache

Looking for a last-minute dessert for your Valentine’s Day gathering!? Or just a cute and yummy one to make it to your kids!? Look no further; it doesn’t get easier than this one.
Brownie paired with chocolate ganache, it’s decadent, delicious, and a super-easy dessert. After all, Valentine’s day is not complete without chocolate!! Top it off with strawberries and serve on an adorable heart bowl. Voile, you got yourself a Valentine-inspired dessert.

I used Ghiradelli’s Double Chocolate Brownie mix, but feel to use your favorite brand. There is nothing like a warm brownie fresh out of the oven. However, you can even skip this step and use store-bought brownies.

Homemade chocolate ganache it’s super easy and quick, requiring only two ingredients. It’s also incredible versatile with endless uses. You will need semi-sweet chocolate bars and heavy whipping cream for this recipe. Make sure to use high-quality chocolate bars and avoid chocolate chips as they will not melt into a good consistency. It’s important to note that if you let the ganache cool, it’s not pourable anymore but spreadable; therefore, don’t let it cool too much for this recipe.

In a heart-shaped bowl, place pieces of the brownies on the bottom, pour the chocolate ganache (recipe below), top it off with strawberries and garnish with mint.

Watch the video below for tutorial

Chocolate Ganache

Ingredients

  • 2 4 ounce semi-sweet chocolate bars use high-quality chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  • Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to simmer
  • Pour the chopped chocolate over the cream
  • Let it sit for a minute or two to soften the chocolate
  • Use a spatula to slowly stir the mixture until well combined

Valentine’s Tablescape

Valentine’s Tablescape

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If you plan to set the table for the occasion, here is a simple but adorable inspiration for V-day. I’ve linked most of the things I have used on this table and similar ones. Check the end of the post for info.

When I went into Citarella, these hot pink flowers spoke to me, and I couldn’t get my eyes off them. I was in love with this shade of pink, and I knew they were the ones. I then decided to go with the blue-pink color combination for my valentine’s day tablescape.

I used a blue patterned tablecloth from Julia Amory; she has a beautiful selection of table linens. When using an impactful tablecloth, I keep all other elements clean and simple; there is no need for too many flowers or decor. A patterned tablecloth can be very impactful and transform any table decor.

For the plates, I selected Juliska’s Berry & Thread French Panel Collection dinner and salad plates. I love this design and the off-white color; they are versatile and can be used on many occasions.

I picked napkins that were clean and simple, these blush linen ones from Pottery Barn coordinated nicely with the blue patterned tablecloth.
Candles!! They make any setting cozier and more intimate. I love them! These candlesticks are from Crate and Barrel and are always a show stopper. Small blue bud vases as a final touch decor.
Valentine’s Day is not complete without chocolate!! I added Godiva heart-shaped dark chocolate to every setting. A little something sweet to make V-Day more special.


Savory and Sweet Valentine’s Day Board

Savory and Sweet Valentine’s Day Board

Valentine’s Day is coming up in a few weeks! Whether you are celebrating with your significant other, kids, family, girlfriends, or by yourself, here is a cheese board inspiration. Perfect for a gathering or a night in!!

Start with the board! We love a white cheeseboard for the occasion; they look more feminine and make the strawberries and macarons pop. This one is a pottery charcuterie platter from Dresden & Company and is about 14″ wide. You can find a similar one here and more on the bottom of the page under “Shop The Post.”

Next comes the cheeses!! For this board, we selected Manchego, Brie, St. Agur Blue Cheese, and heart-shaped Swiss Cheese (this one was mainly for decoration purposes). However, feel free to choose your and your guests’ favorites -the sky is the limit!! For most people, due to the wide variety, selecting cheese can be a little overwhelming. We sliced the manchego to give more dimension to the board and kept the brie and blue cheese in their original form. For the heart-shaped swiss, use a mini cookie cutter (1.5″) to cut through it (we used the regular sliced swiss cheese).

Crackers!! We love the original crisps from 34 Crisps. They are so thin yet so crunchy and pair so well with so many different types of cheese. Plus, as a bonus, they are lower in calories than most crackers. The other must-have crackers that we always have on our boards are the Lesley Stowe ones. They are so savory and look beautiful! They have a variety of flavors, and they are all so delicious. Both brands you can find at most grocery stores.

Condiment! We kept this board simple and only added honey. Is there anything better than a small bite of brie on a cracker and topped with honey? It’s so simple but so tasty! One of my favorite combinations.

Fruits! Strawberries are the most “Valentiney” fruit; don’t you agree!? We couldn’t leave them out. They pair so well with the brie and honey.

Nuts! We are absolutely obsessed with truffled almond nuts. They are divine and one of those foods that you can’t stop eating. We also love how their color complements the board’s color scheme.

Sweets! After all, it is a savory and sweet board, and it is a valentine-inspired cheeseboard. To me, macaroons are a good idea, anytime, anywhere, and at any season. They are one of my favorite desserts. I also love their shape and the different colors available. Valentines is not complete without chocolate!! These Godiva heart-shaped ones are the perfect addition to the board.

Lastly, garnish with rosemary for a little pop of green!! So easy and super quick to put together! Happy Valentine’s Day! Lots of love!!!


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Galentine’s Day Party

Galentine’s Day Party

You and your friends deserve a few hours of fun, right?? This February 13th, make your closest friends feel special by throwing a Galentine’s Day party!!! This informal soiree should be casual and stress-free. The trick is to prepare everything beforehand and keep it low-key. The point is to have fun and relax!!!!

1- Decor and set-up:

Don’t stress over every detail! There is no need to re-create a florist flower arrangement; just get a few flower stems at the grocery store and put them in a vase. This will be enough décor for your get-together.

Parties always end in the kitchen, right? So, let’s start there too!! Set-up the food and drinks on your kitchen island. Don’t have one? A kitchen table can fill in as an alternative, or you can bring the party to your living room and set the food up on the coffee table.

2- Food:

Don’t make things complicated! This event is more about socializing than trying to show all your cooking skills (we are sure you have lots….but save it for another gathering). Take advantage of the great selection of cheese, meat, nuts, and dips at grocery stores and create a charcuterie board. Better to focus on finger food that doesn’t require utensils.

If you still feel like creating something that looks fancier but requires just a few steps, you can try our Goat Cheese Balls, and why not a Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. They take a minute (ok…maybe a few minutes) to make, and your friends will love it.

For the sweet eaters, you can buy a pre-made dessert or make some of our favorite desserts:

They are all very easy to prepare and require zero cooking skills!!!!

3- Drink

Water, white wine, red wine, and champagne should be enough! Leave it on a big bucket full of ice so the guests will feel comfortable helping themselves. But if you want to go a little bit over, have vodka, rum tequila, and a couple of fruits and let the girls create their own drinks.

4- Vibe

This event should be a release of all the stress from your busy lives. Have some music playing in the background for an ambiance. In the end, this get-together is meant not only for your guests to relax and have fun, but you also deserve it.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This Mediterranean quinoa salad makes for a quick lunch or dinner, and it can be served as a side dish or enjoyed as a meal on its own. This salad also keeps well if you make it ahead of time, so it’s a great recipe for when you are entertaining, so you can prepare ahead of time

What’s in this salad?

  • Quinoa – The protein-packed quinoa brings a nice texture and is the “heart” of this salad.
  • Turmeric and curry – These two spices are easily accessible, packed with tons of flavor, and full of health benefits.
  • Feta cheese – The feta’s creamy texture and salty taste will bring this salad to a whole new level.
  • Black olives – You can skip it if you are not big on olives. We love it, so we always add it to this salad.
  • Mint – In our opinion, mint is a MUST in this salad. 
  • Tomatoes and cucumbers – they will give a nice texture and crunch to the salad
  • Olive oil, salt, and pepper

Some tips:

  • Cook the quinoa ahead of time and let it cool completely before tossing the salad together.
  • Adding the turmeric and curry to the water before you cook the quinoa will give that yellow tone to the dish.
  • We prefer adding olive oil, salt, and pepper as the dressing, as the turmeric and quinoa will already give lots of flavor to this salad. If you prefer using a more elaborate sauce, you can use an Italian dressing.

Try this recipe and let us know what you think!!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This Mediterranean quinoa salad makes for a quick lunch or dinner, and it can be served as a side dish or enjoyed as a meal on its own.
Prep Time 20 mins
1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup black olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers 
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint 
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Add the turmeric and curry in the water and cook quinoa according to package directions. The spices will give that yellow tone to the dish.
  • Let the quinoa cool completely.
  • Add feta cheese, black olives, mint, tomato, and cucumber.
  • Add salt, pepper, and olive oil.

Liquid Alfajor

Liquid Alfajor

Have you ever tried or heard about alfajores? If you have never tried them, you are missing out! They are delicate dulce de leche sandwich cookies that are very popular in South America. They are incredibly delicious, rich, and melt in your mouth.

As we like effortless recipes, we have twisted this classic cookie and created the liquid alfajor. It combines the dulce de leche and shortbread cookie and doesn’t require any baking.

Dulce de leche is decadent, smooth, and rich! If you are not familiar with this confection, they can be bought in cans and are most commonly found in your local store’s baking aisle. All the other items, we bet you are very familiar with.

Ingredients:
– 11 oz dulce de leche
– 11 oz heavy cream
– 6 oz butter cookie or shortbread cookie
– 8oz bittersweet chocolate – grated
– Mint leaves to garnish

How to:

  • Combine the dulce de leche and heavy cream and bring to a simmer for 3 min. Let it cool and pour the cream into a glass or a bowl;
  • Crush the cookies into fine crumbs;
  • Add the cookies crumbs on top of the cream;
  • Add the grated chocolate and refrigerate;
  • Décor with mint leaves.

You won’t regret trying this recipe. It is simply divine, quick, and a good choice to serve as a dessert. Irresistible!

Liquid Alfajor

Liquid Alfajor is a dessert that combines dulce de leche, chocolate, and shortbread cookies. It's so decadent, smooth, and rich
Prep Time 10 mins
Resting time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine South America
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 11 oz dulce de leche
  • 11 oz heavy cream
  • 6 oz butter cookie or shortbread cookie
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate – grated
  • mint leaves to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Combine the dulce de leche and heavy cream and bring to a simmer for 3 min. Let it cool and pour the cream into a glass or a bowl;
  • Crush the cookies into fine crumbs;
  • Add the cookies crumbs on top of the cream;
  • Add the grated chocolate and refrigerate for about an hour;
  • Décor with mint leaves.

Goat Cheese Balls

Goat Cheese Balls

These goat cheese balls taste decadent and are so simple to make!!! They are a great last-minute appetizer and a flavorful addition to any party spread.

This recipe calls for dates or grapes. Both are great, but we personally prefer the ones with dates. The natural sweetness of the dates paired with the tart flavor of goat cheese is so tasty.

Here is what you need:

  • Goat cheese
  • Dates or grapes
  • Crushed pistachios or almonds

How-to:
– Cut the dates in half;
– Wrap the dates with goat cheese and make small balls;
– Cover the balls with crushed pistachio or almonds;

Enjoy!!!!

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Green and White Flower Arrangement

Green and White Flower Arrangement

Flower Arranging can be a little overwhelming for most people, especially if you mix different types of flowers and colors. This one is though super simple and easy to follow. We used small white ivory hydrangeas, ivory roses, and green hypericum berries, all of which can be found year-round.

The first step is to fill the vases with room temperature water; add warm water if the flower buds are tight and you want to help them open up faster. Don’t forget to add flower food to your vase water (they usually come with the flowers when you purchase them at grocery stores)! It will help slow down bacterial growth.

When trimming the stems, make sure to do it at an angle. Doing this ensures that the flowers will absorb plenty of water and nutrients. Remove all the leaves from the stems, make sure there are no leaves below the waterline. Start with the roses, slowly and gently, remove the guard petals that are wilted and/or have black edges.

Next, if you want the blooms to open up, gently blow onto them. Place three roses in the vase.

Next comes the green berries; place one on each side of the roses (don’t forget to remove all the leaves from the stem). Hypericum Berries make great fillers to any arrangement, and they also give texture and volume.
The following step is to add the hydrangeas to each side of the berries. Keep repeating this pattern until you have filled your entire vase. Refer to the video below. Happy Arranging!


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