Inspiration for celebrating the seasons comes in all forms and one of my favorites is decorating with local flowers. Since I don’t like spending money on lots of premade holiday decor I try to bring the outdoors in with flowers and natural materials whenever possible.
When a friend said she was hosting a flower class at her home I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about how to put together local plants and flowers to make seasonal arrangements. Here is my recap of a Fall Flower Design Party.
Party guests were greeted with California wines, ginger fruit water and a spread of local cheeses. The evening was particularly warm for this time of year so the cold Sauvignon Blanc and gooey cheese platter was the perfect dinner spent with other ladies for a child free after bed time retreat.
The class instructor a close friend of the party hostess spoke in detail about how to find fall decor outside and how most filler plants can be overlooked. When she showed examples of plants she admires for fall that she cut right outside the kitchen we were standing in I realized how much I don’t even notice what’s around right there for the cutting. Plants like maple and nandina grow everywhere in Northern California and when mixed in with orange roses can make a gorgeous fall display for the dinner table or a mantle. Adding in a small winter squash can give flowers and even more organic look. Most of all I learned to just experiment with what’s all around and not be intimated by flower arranging. By looking right outside and playing around with different ideas flowers can be a personal creative adventure.
Tips for Fall Arranging
Use rustic containers in natural materials like wood
Choose one splurge flower like a subtle orange rose to use as the focal point
Cut shrubs and trees from your own outdoor space to use as fillers
Add pumpkins, winter squash or guords for a real fall look that lends organic appeal
Finding small explosions of color in branches of fall fruit gives more drama and a unique addition