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.

Black and White Striped Tablecloth

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

How to Pop Champagne like a Pro

Free Sparkler Printouts

Have a happy and healthy New Year everyone!

Look to the runway: Summer’s top color trends

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! To get started this week I have a great post for you guys! Once a month we’ll be having an industry professional write a guest blog post and this month we are lucky enough to have Bobby Schuessler writing for the B Floral blog.

Bobby Schuessler is a NYC-based style writer, contributing to brands like E! Online, Lucky, Men’s Health and Us Weekly. Follow him on twitter at @bobbyschuessler for the latest fashion and beauty scoop!

Look to the runway: Summer’s top color trends

By Bobby Schuessler

Searching for a go-to centerpiece for those upcoming summer soirees? Turn to the runways for color inspiration! From blues to yellows, here are four need-to-know summer shades that will keep your bouquets totally on trend this season.

Ocean blue

Give your arrangement a little hint of the summer blues. Designers like Michael Kors and Donna Karan sent water-inspired dresses down the summer runways—everything from blue and white sheaths to bright blue minis. 

Hydrangea

Poppy red

Who doesn’t love to make a statement in red? The right shade is bold, flashy and totally sexy. Take a cue from Wes Gordon and Diane von Furstenberg’s shows by incorporating pops of red into your summer bouquets for something instantly glamorous.  

Zinnia

Lemon yellow

Make an arrangement sunny and bright with pretty yellows, like we saw in Tommy Hilfiger’s collection. While we adore hints of yellow, try a vase of all yellow flowers to make a real statement.

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Vibrant violet

Guy Larouche nailed violet in his summer collection, sending gorgeous separates in the pretty hue down the runway. So this summer, why not test out the trend with pretty purple floral accents in your centerpieces.

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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

Fourth of July Inspiration

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

Modern Gingham

Happy Monday! I wanted to start this Monday off with a little event inspiration. I’ve been seeing Gingham used in events lately and love the modernization of such a classic print. Using just touches of gingham in napkins, table runners, bowties and on invitations works best to keep it modern. It’s clean, preppy and perfect for summer. Here are some of my favorite looks.

Gingham

An inspiration board from Peter Loves Jane shows just how versatile the pattern can be.

Envelope Liners

Gingham envelope liners would be perfect for a summer event invitation.

Drink Stirrer and Tie

Touches of gingham in a tie and drink stirrers from Ruffled.

Gingham Table Cloth

A gingham print would be perfect on cocktail tables for a summer event.

Chevron Inspiration

Time for a little inspiration this Monday in the form of chevron. Chevron simply means a line or strip in the form of a “v” or an inverted “v” and I’m sure you’ve seen it just about everywhere by now. From linens, to fabrics to papers, the simple pattern is a beautiful addition to tables, dresses and invitations.

Here’s some of my favorite ways to incorporate the trend…

Invitations

Invitations from KXO Design

Table Runner

Table runner from The Why We Love

Tablecloth

Sequined tablecloth from Elizabeth Anne Designs

Chalkboard

Chalkboard from Joie Lala Photography

Cake

Wedding cake from 100 Layer Cake

Chevron straws

Paper straws from Etsy

Happy Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and also the start of Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance Summit which discusses the future of energy at the Grand Hyatt. We had the opportunity to decorate Bank of America’s conference and reception rooms for the Summit and decided to keep with the sustainable, green theme of the conference. Events can easily be made environmentally conscious by simply taking a few steps. One major way is to not purchase cut flowers to decorate, instead choose potted ones that can be used to well after the event or even planted outdoors. For today’s event we chose to repot white orchids in modern silver vases and place wheat grass in small silver square vases. The end look was clean, modern and best of all, sustainable.

Grand Hyatt Lobby

Orchid grass

photo[7] photo[6] Conference Table

 

 

 

Spring Flowers

Well we are going to waste no time over here and start talking about Spring! I think everyone is ready for it and last week it officially arrived. Although even though Spring is here, the weather does not seem to have gotten the memo. Well anyway, since it’s finally here we wanted to give you a list of our favorite seasonal flowers that can be found in Spring.

1. Hyacinth

Hyacinth

2. Tulip

Tulips

3. Anemone

Anemone

4. Ranunculus

Ranunculus

5. Peony

Peonies

6. Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea

7. Poppy

Poppy

 

Spring Colors

Pantone has released their Spring 2013 Color Report and all of the bright colors like Sunflower, Vibrant Orange, Poppy Red, and the color of the year, Emerald, have got us very excited for the upcoming season.

Pantone Spring Colors

I love all the punchy, whimsical colors and can’t wait to see them incorporated in upcoming events. Some of my favorite pairings are nectarine and grayed jay, Tender Shoots and Emerald, and Monaco Blue and Poppy Red.

 

And the award goes to…

My favorite award show, as I’m sure is everyone else’s, is the Oscars. There is just so much glitz and glamour that it’s impossible to not get caught up in it. From the pre-show seeing all of the gorgeous dresses, to the award show where we see what movies prove to be the best, to the after parties where the stars let loose and seem just a little more real, I love it all. It’s also the perfect night to host a party and here at B Floral that’s what we’re about. We’ve compiled some great ideas from all around the Internet and infused a few of our own ideas so you can host your own award worthy party this Sunday.

The Design…

If you’re planning a get-together with your girlfriends, Lauren Conrad’s blog has some inspired design ideas as well as great free printables. I especially love the idea of a popcorn bar!

Free Printables Popcorn Bar

The Glitter Guide designed a Sweet and Simple Oscars Viewing Party and has lots of DIYs to share. I love all of the gold they’ve incorporated!

Oscars Straws Oscars Design

The Food…

Obviously a party wouldn’t be a party without food. Epicurious has some very creative Oscar-nominated movie inspired menus.

Coconut Cake

If you want to keep it easy, Glitter Guide has some simple and healthy food recipes like Roasted Chickpeas.

Chickpeas

The Cocktails…

A traditional cocktail like the Sidecar screams Old Hollywood.

Sidecar

Jazz up some champagne with a little mandarin liqueur.

Mandarin

The Huffington Post shares lots of mouth-watering movie inspired cocktails like “Summertime Tea” created for the movie The Help.

Cocktail

If you’re looking to make it a night out instead of hosting an event, Guest of Guest has created a great list of places to watch the Oscars all around New York City.