Fall into the new season!

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As the summer comes to an end you may start to think that it’s only a matter of time before Jack Frost comes knocking on our doors. But don’t worry because we still have the wonderful fall season to look forward too! Nothing can bring you down when you think about warm Apple cider, the smell of pumpkin spiced lattes, and feeling that crisp outdoor air! Well, if that still won’t sell you, then why not throw an event to get you in the mood? Here are some great fall entertaining tips that will get you excited and ready for the new season!

DÉCOR

What makes a good event is style and decoration! There are so many amazing fall décor tips and tricks that can help spice up your event space and your overall event.

Centerpieces

Besides flowers of course, the easiest way to make a fall themed centerpiece is with pumpkins! You can spray paint them, bedazzle them, or dress them up with natural foliage. Perfect, easy, and fits an autumn theme!

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Lanterns

Lanterns are a great way to decorate for an event. Not only do they add light, but they also create a certain ambiance. Fill your lanterns with pinecones, acorns, candles, or even fresh leaves from outside. They are a fun simple touch to make your event space look great! Just make sure to take the wind into account.

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And of course…

Flowers!

Flowers are the key to brightening up any room. One way you can make your arrangement blend in with the theme is by adding some seasonal fruit, vegetables, or herbs. You can even use a pumpkin as a vase! Just carve and clean out the middle, place a beautiful arrangement inside, and you have a great centerpiece or decoration for your event!

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DRINKS

Besides the beautiful decor, the next best thing for an event is booze! Entertain your guest with a seasonal signature beverage. Put them in the mood for those cool crisp fall days. Try whipping up one of our favorites- hard cider sangria!

Hard Cider Sangria

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Ingredients:

1 cup quartered and thinly sliced unpeeled green, yellow, and red apples.

1 naval orange- quartered and thinly sliced crosswise

1 cup apple juice, chilled

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

¼ cup apple brandy

One 22- once bottle hard apple cider

Directions:

In a pitcher, combine the apples with the orange, apple juice, lemon juice and brandy Just before serving, add the hard cider. Serve in tall glasses over ice.

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After your event is over it’s sometimes a nice idea to leave your guests with a fun-parting gift.  Candy apples are a great way to stay within the fall theme as well as leave everyone with a sweet tasty dessert.

We hope this helps you throw a fun fall filled event and get you excited for the new season!

Are you planning an event this autumn?

Leave your comments below. We would love to hear your feedback!

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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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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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!

Bright and In Bloom

B Floral hosted special guests for an evening of Champagne, hors d’oeuvres and floral design on February 26th.  Bronwen and the B Floral team transformed the B Floral studio into a Spring Sanctuary.  After the winter we’ve experienced in New York, guests were relieved to step into a room full of bright, fragrant flowers.  The displays around the studio featured arrangements suited for a variety of bridal, corporate, and social events.  Bronwen led guests through a floral design mini-class, and they were able to take home the bouquets they designed along with their goody bags filled with B Floral candles, L’Occitane soap, and jars of hibiscus tea blended by Rustic T.  Our guests seemed to really enjoy themselves, and we had a wonderful response on social media. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and search to see more images.

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New Year’s Party Inspiration

This year our absolute favorite color palette for a New Year soiree is black, white and gold. The colors together create a look that is modern but also classic at the same time and reminiscent of all things Gatsby. Think gold sequins, black and white striped table runners, gold tableware and white flowers.

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For centerpieces we suggest gorgeous lush white peonies placed in a gold vase. The look is simple but sophisticated. Peonies are a perfect choice for a New Year’s event because they represent prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune.

Here are some of our favorite ideas and inspiration for a fun and gorgeous New Year’s party.

DIY Gold Fringe Party Hats

Balloon Drink Stirrers

Gold Painted Champagne Flutes

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Have a happy and healthy New Year everyone!

Red, White, and Blue

I’m sure you are all looking forward to a long holiday weekend and 4th of July BBQs. I know all of us at B Floral sure are! I wanted to share some of my favorite 4th of July party inspiration finds with you guys. I hope it inspires you to throw your best bash yet. Enjoy the holiday everyone!

Fourth of July Inspiration

4th of July DIY project // fun serving ideas // party decor inspiration // cupcake flag

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popsicles // fun serving ideas // mason jar drinks // festive cake 

Spring Break Table-Escape

Last week we created 5 centerpieces to compliment tables designed by interior designers for JAB Anstoetz’s Spring Break Table-Escape event that took place during Spring Market at the D&D Building. The designers were given the opportunity to incorporate JAB Anstoetz‘s fabrics, Lenox tableware, and our flowers to create a tablescape that transported viewers to the designer’s favorite spring break location. As promised we have some beautiful images from the event shot by Evan Felts. To see more images head over to our Facebook page.

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Holiday Table Inspiration

Since the holidays are filled with dinner parties and entertaining guests, we wanted to share some of our favorite easy tablescape designs that just about anyone can put together. Simple touches create a dramatic impact with these designs and the best part is they won’t take but a bit of time to put together.

1. Inexpensive pinecones and evergreens mingle with beautiful mercury glass votive holders and hand printed candles in this gorgeous tablescape from Stylizimo. The easy hand printed candle tutorial can be found here and would also be great for gifting.

2. I love mixing gold and silver together when it comes to holiday decor because it creates such an elegant look. Filling glass vessels with ornaments is not only easy but is visually stunning (via Style At Home).

3. Wrapping cinnamon sticks around a plain candle will not only create a holiday look but also will make your table smell amazing. Cluster together candles of varying heights and sizes for a simple yet elegant centerpiece.

4. If you’re looking to infuse a bit of color into your tablescape, these topiaries from Better Homes and Gardens, made out of cranberries, are just the ticket. They’re super simple, using just toothpicks, foam balls, and cranberries but have dramatic look.

5. Another one of my favorite color palettes is green and gold. What really makes this tablescape special are the gold dipped glasses.

Here’s a DIY tutorial to make your own gold dipped glassware that would also work perfectly for a New Years bash.

Or you can purchase the Midas Collection Glassware from Design Within Reach. Amazing, yes I know.