Behind the Scenes at OCRF Super Saturday NY 2015

What a crazy couple of weeks it’s been! We are finally getting back into the swing of things after one of our biggest events of the year: OCRF Super Saturday NY. You might have seen our press post about the event here but we wanted to also give you a look inside our world as we prepped and worked this ex event. 

This year’s arrangement ‘recipe’ was collectively one of our favorites! The modern-rustic vibe of the florals went so well with the amazing outdoor venue at Nova’s Ark Project.

 

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Miles of blue skies! We were so lucky to be blessed with gorgeous blue skies and sunny weather for both prep days and especially the day of the big event! This is just half of the event-site:

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The VIP tent set and ready for the first arrivals. We placed over 150 arrangements in the VIP tent and throughout the grounds. Seeing the venue come together is one of the most rewarding feelings!

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Letting our arrangement steal the spot light for a moment! We just love how the wooden boxed arrangement with vintage inspired flowers really helped to balance out all of the bright blues and teals.

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A peak inside the OCRF and B Floral tent! We were so honored to have teamed up with OCRF this year to provide floral crowns for guests. Our floral designers made over 1,000 crowns!! Needless to say- it was a success!

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Flower crowns for everyone! Guests are all smiles as they gather in the booth to design their crowns and snap some pics!

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Tiny flower crown models gather for a quick pic. We made sure all of the flower crowns were adjustable- to fit supporters of all sizes!

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Gorgeous girls showing their support.

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Miss USA, Olivia Jordan, stopped by the tent and rocked her flower crown for the entire event. As you can see in the background, this long-legged beauty was stopping traffic! Olivia Jordan B Floral

Go green! Love this gal’s matching crown and shades!

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We truly can’t thank everyone enough for stopping by the OCRF and B Floral tent to show your support! For more information about Ovarian Cancer Research Fund please visit: www.ocrf.org.

B Seen: Press and Love from OCRF Super Saturday

Happy Monday! Here at B Floral, we’re busy readjusting to life in the office after a long (amazing!) weekend in the Hamptons at Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s Super Saturday. Bronwen – the B in B Floral – has been a supporter of OCRF for many years and represents the cause as one of it’s board of directors.  The OCRF/ BFloral  flower crown booth was a huge hit at the event (in the words of Curbed NY, “flower crowns rule!”). Scroll through some of our favorite snaps of the event below – these pictures (and the celebrities in them) certainly speak for themselves!

Women’s Wear Daily snapped this picture of our radiant, hardworking team! So much planning and so many long hours went into making our booth a success, and we’re so proud of the entire B Floral team!

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WWD also captured some great images of stylish Super Saturday attendees sporting our flower crowns. It’s hard to look glamorous in a grassy field on a hot day, but these ladies pull it off effortlessly! The crowns added a playful, earthy flair to their polished outfits.

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Outside the tents at Super Saturday in Water Mill, NY.

Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford stopped by our booth with her son Hermes and daughter Helena in tow. People took this picture of Helena wearing the tiny crown we made for her!

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Zimbio published an extensive gallery of images from Super Saturday, including pictures of sportscaster Jill Martin and CBS co-anchor Gayle King enjoying their custom B Floral crowns.

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Real Housewives of New York City star Kristen Taekman took to her personal Twitter account on Saturday to show her support for OCRF.

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And Miss USA Olivia Jordan advocated for the cause with an Instagram post (thanks for the tag Olivia!)

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We’re so glad we could be a part of OCRF’s 18th Super Saturday this weekend – we’ve loved watching the event blossom and grow!

For more information about Ovarian Cancer Research Fund please visit: ocrf.com.

7 Outdoor Summer Entertaining Tips!

With summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to throw an outdoor party! From intimate backyard brunches to big evening cocktail parties, we’ve rounded up some tips to ensure your party goes off without a hitch!

1. Make your guests comfortable

Not enough patio furniture to accommodate all your guests? Use indoor furniture! It doesn’t have to be fancy – assorted dining chairs, bar stools, decorative cushions, or even blankets spread across the lawn are great seating options for your guests!

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2. Make your backyard twinkle

For evening get-togethers, party lights or festive lanterns serve a practical purpose and add a decorative flair. String lights from trees using dark-colored extension cords that will blend in with the surrounding foliage.

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No trees? No problem! Arrange groups of candles on tables and windowsills or place cute tiki torches around your yard to offer an extra bit of light. If it’s a windy day, opt for battery powered candles instead.

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3. Diffuse the bar crowds

Rather than designating a single bar area, set up a few stations around your yard. Fill large metal ice buckets with an assortment of drinks, then use colorful ribbons to tie openers onto bucket handles.

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4. Help your guests deal with the elements

Put out baskets with handheld fans, bug repellent, and sunscreen to keep your guests cool, bug bite-free, and safe from the summer sun’s rays. If it’s a particularly hot day, secure rolled washcloths with a ribbon and arrange them in an ice bucket so your guests can help themselves to homemade cold compresses.

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5. Banish the bugs

Make sure to mow your lawn and get rid of any standing water before your party – bugs love tall grass and damp, muggy spaces. Citronella candles are also a good bet for keeping bugs away. If it’s too hot for candles, set up fans around your dining area to cut down on mosquitoes – they have trouble flying in a breeze.

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6. Make your playlist music to your guests’ ears

Make a playlist ahead of time so your guests can enjoy it while they mingle. If possible, set up multiple speakers around the yard to keep the volume consistent. If you only have one speaker, mount it above ear level so your mix isn’t blaring in guests’ ears!

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7. Don’t underestimate the power of flowers

No party is complete without fresh flowers! Elaborate floral centerpieces and statement arrangements are always big hits, but you’d be surprised at how much the tiny details will resonate with your guests. We especially love these decorative sprigs of lavender tucked into napkins.

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Summer Color Inspiration and Trends 2015

This summer’s color palette is all about unexpected, contrasting colors. A departure from spring’s poppy pastels, this summer’s shades alternate between bold and earthy. Muted corals, rusty coppers, and mustard yellows mix with bright emeralds and vivid shades of turquoise and cerulean to give off a vintage, exotic vibe.

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Here at B Floral, we always love an unexpected contrast or a bright pop of color. Check out our arrangements below for some summer color inspiration that combines both vivid and natural tones. 

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Fluffy flowers like these allow for lots of shade variations – while the arrangement looks fairly pastel-toned at first glance, there are actually a lot of bold undertones. The bright emerald of the leaves and the cherry red at the center of the flowers are great bits of contrast to the rusty golden hues. 

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The anemones in this arrangement add the perfect amount of contrast and darkness. The greens, pinks, and yellows are all bright and reminiscent of spring, but the dark centers of the anemones give the arrangement a late-summer feel.

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Pale colors pair well with the deep maroons and rusty browns in this arrangement. The stark contrast between delicate and strong hues help this assortment of flowers to work well together.

Collaboration with Glamsquad!

Here comes the bride… and her B Floral bouquet!

A couple months ago we had the honor of collaborating with one of our favorite brands: Glamsquad!

First- let us tell you a little bit about Glamsquad (and why it’s so awesome!):

“GLAMSQUAD is an on-demand, app-based beauty provider delivering professional and affordable hair, makeup and nails (currently available in NYC only) services to your home, office, hotel, or wherever you may be. Operating in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, the company plans to debut in other cities soon.”

We were asked by the talented team at Glamsquad to come up with bridal bouquets for each curated bridal look. Here is a roundup of the beautiful “brides” and their B Floral bouquets!

The first look is ‘The Ivy’ described as delicate and dreamy. Her look is rustic and ethereal and so is her wild and natural  bouquet.

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‘The Rose’ is the perfect look for your classic traditional bride. The bouquet? Roses of course!

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‘The Jasmine’ is your sun-kissed bride described as being “barefoot on a beach.” She is a no-fuss gal with her simple bouquet of white tulips.

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‘The Violet’ is for the bride that is “of-the-moment.” She’s modern and balances elegance with intrigue- especially with her unique bouquet of succulents.

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The final look is “The Dahlia” – the bride that resonates that Old Hollywood look and feel. Her deep rich bouquet matches her iconic lip. “The Dahlia” bride loves a pop of color!

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For more details on the beautiful brides and their looks visit Glamsquad’s Bridal Inspiration here.

Summer Fashion Inspiration

This weekend marks the official start of summer – if you’ve been looking for an excuse to go on a shopping spree, the change of seasons is the perfect opportunity! Here at B Floral, we think floral patterns and flowery accessories are always in style. Maybe we’re a little biased, but if New York Fashion Week was any indication, top designers think so too.

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From Simone Rocha’s bold, colorful blooms to Max Mara’s muted, rustic patterns to Louis Vuitton’s velvety florals, you can’t go wrong with a flowery wardrobe this summer. Here are some key pieces to inspire your next shopping trip!

 Floral Print Cut-Out Jumpsuit, $105, Topshop

 Motel Marley Floral Romper, $85, Urban Outfitters

                                Floral Keyhole-Back Dress, $15, Forever 21

                                               Vintage Moschino Aprilia Daisy Jacket, $525, Nasty Gal

                                        Flower Field Print Skort, $50, Free People

 Floral Print Tie-Strap Bardot Top, $50, Topshop

                                          Bohemian Bones Mojave Embroidered Slip Dress, $148, Nasty Gal

                                Floral Print Bomber Jacket, $30, Forever 21

                              Embellished Shift Dress, $168, Free People

 Floral Embroidered A-Line Dress, $280, Topshop

                                            First Kiss Dress, $148, Free People

Behind the Scenes: Summer Photo Shoot in the Hamptons

Last week, the B Floral team trekked out to the Hamptons for our annual summer photo shoot. We had a blast setting up all the different scenes for our lookbook, and we must admit, they turned out beautifully. Check out our behind-the-scenes pictures below – from an elegant Moroccan-style dinner party to a girly Lilly Pulitzer-themed tea party. Find inspiration for your next summer party!

It all started with flowers…lots of flowers!

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We shot our tropical scene out by the pool. The bright, whimsical flowers looked amazing alongside Taylor Creative’s bamboo collection!

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Though it was a bit of a departure from our typically modern style, this rustic scene came together perfectly! Thank you to Broadway Party Rentals for the beautiful wooden table and benches! Mason jars and striped napkins were great complements to our simple, earthy wildflower and succulent arrangements.

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All the B Floral ladies agree – this Lilly Pulitzer tea party is a dream come true! We loved the color scheme – lots and lots of pink with Tiffany blue accents – and the bold flower wall added a major WOW factor. If you look closely, you can see Gossip Girl-themed place cards!

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The Moroccan scene was the B Floral team’s favorite one to shoot. From decadent decorations and tableware to quirky flowers and fruits, we love the exotic and luxurious vibe of this scene.

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This scene showcased Pantone’s color of the year – marsala. The muted, neutral tones and delicate accents on the table made the marsala pink flowers pop and gave the dinner scene an elegant feel. (Also how chic is this beautiful silver birch table cloth from BBJ!?)

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Our cascading floral scene was a big job for our team of designers, but they went above and beyond expectations – this exquisite yet unconventional presentation of florals wowed our team!

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After a long day of shooting, we were excited to wrap up our time in the Hamptons. Our final scene – a white and gold party – was the perfect ending for the day. Delicate table settings and statement flowers helped us achieve the opulent look we were aiming for, ending the shoot on a successful note!

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Keep an eye out for our new lookbook – coming soon!

Easy DIY Projects to Kickstart Your Summer

Parks full of picnickers, window displays blooming with breezy accessories, and rooftops and patios reopening for the season…it’s finally starting to feel like summer! Our studio has been overflowing with beautiful May flowers – freesias, ranunculus, peonies, cow lilies – as we’ve been prepping for Men’s Health Grooming Awards and the Rising Stars Youth Foundation Gala. Don’t worry if you’re not surrounded with flowers like we are here at B Floral – we have some ideas for fun wall décor and sweet DIY accessories that will bring the outdoors to you!

Pressed Flower Frame

Maybe you’re looking for a more permanent way to display your blooms, or maybe you can never remember to water your flowers – either way, this pressed floral display is a perfect solution and will brighten up your home year-round.

Moss Graffiti

Moss graffiti is a quirky way to add flair to an outdoor space. If you make the time to tend to your moss art, the results can be stunning!

Terrarium Necklace

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This unique accessory is great for summer, and so easy to make as long as you have the right supplies. Buy in bulk so you can surprise your friends with these little terrariums!

Flower Pot Necklace

More floral than earthy, this flower pot necklace is a more delicate alternative to its terrarium counterpart. Paired with a sundress, this sweet piece is a great way to accessorize.

Pressed Flower Phone Case

A decorative phone case is the perfect way to carry a little bouquet of flowers with you wherever you go. If you want to attempt this project on a larger scale, try it out with a transparent laptop case.

 

 

 

OCRF Super Saturday LA

We were so honored to be a part of OCRF Super Saturday LA this year. Supporting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund has always been extremely important to the B Floral team.

So last week we packed up our team and floral designers, and headed to the west coast!

This year we provided all of the florals for OCRF Super Saturday LA and created a Mary Kay flower wall and DIY flower crown bar.  We had such an amazing time supporting this wonderful cause.

A sneak peek into our trip:

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Half of the BFloral team arrives at LAX

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Santa Monica beach

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This is how you create 150 TEAL vases…

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Arrangements being prepped.

Thank you so much to Mayesh Wholesale Florist for letting us work out of your space!

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Colorful flowers for our Mary Kay Flower Crown Bar!

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Lining up the arrangements.

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A close up. The succulents were are huge hit!

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Loading arrangements into the venue! The Barker Hanger in Santa Monica was the perfect spot for Super Saturday LA!

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A big thank you to Rachel Zoe and Molly Sims who hosted the event this year!

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The VIP section is all set.

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Our arrangements shining bright in the beautiful summer light!

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The final product of the Mary Kay Flower Wall

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We took a little excursion to check out the landscaping at The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Thank you so much to The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund for hosting such a wonderful and successful event. We’re so happy to have been a part of it and we can’t wait until Super Saturday NY!!

Spring Sips

We are so happy to finally have spring fully on our side! Commuting to the office in the snow and ice this winter was not particularly fun! Because we are so excited for this warmer weather and all of the beauty that spring brings- we want to celebrate in style.

Raise your glass to one of these lovely spring sips!

 

Blushing Whiskey Sour

Ingredients:

3 blackberries

2 ounces simple lemon syrup

1 ounce Bushmills Irish Whiskey

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Directions:

Add all ingredients to shaker & shake vigorously until blackberries start to break up. (This gives that gorgeous blush color). Strain into glass packed with fresh crushed ice. Garnish with additional blackberries.

 

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Cocktail and image via Klein Worth Co.

 

Strawberry Basil Margaritas

Ingredients:

1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate

10 large strawberries

8 basil leaves

2 to 2 1/2 cups tequila (gold or silver)

 

Directions:

Empty the limeade concentrate into a pitcher. Add 2 1/2 cans of water and 1 1/2 (18 ounces, or 2 1/4 cups) cans of tequila

Cut the stems off the strawberries, slice lengthwise, and add to the pitcher. Crumple the basil a little in your hands and add it to the pitcher, too. Place the pitcher, covered, in the fridge overnight, or for at least four hours.

When you remove the pitcher from the fridge, your margaritas will be a lovely pale pink color. Serve!

Makes 1 pitcher, or about 8 servings

 

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Cherry Blossom Cocktail

This cocktail from New York’s Haru Sushi not only sounds delicious but it’s inspired by cherry blossoms which we (obviously) love.

Ingredients:

2 oz. SVEDKA Cherry
1½ oz. Nigori Sake
½ oz. cranberry juice
½ oz. peach puree
Garnish: cherry

 

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass.

 

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Cocktail Via Haru Sushi and Image via Drinking in America

 

Happy spring sipping!