As many of you know, I am obsessed with anything party, so when this annual event rolls around in the spring, I’m the first to get my tickets. Best of all, proceeds benefit the Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital Endowment Fund for Camp Rhythm, a summer camp specially designed for children with heart problems. Why do I love it so much? Because so many fabulous St. Louis designers create spectacular tables that literally blow my mind! When I published St. Louis Entertains magazine, I also participated in this event and Sandra Fulton, our floral designer, created a fruit/citrus themed table. Here is a link to another blog post featuring this event. Click Here To See It
The theme for 2017 was special events. Special events such as baby showers, birthdays, holidays, weddings, etc. Each table chose the event they wanted to design and went all in! There were many beautiful tables, but I have to say, these are my very favorites. So without further delay, here they are!
One of the best parts of transitioning into January from the hustle and bustle of the holidays is getting a preview of the upcoming spring inspirations. Mary Tuttles, a floral shop in Chesterfield, MO, is a great place to do just that! The designers at the store create beautiful spring vignettes and floral arrangements that exude creativity, no matter the season.
Today, I want to showcase some of the beautiful floral arrangements and vignettes created by the talented designers at Mary Tuttle’s.
Looking for a blue flower and just can’t find it? Here’s the solution. Stem dye your flowers to get the color you want! The color that I wanted was blue since I was trying to come up with a pretty 4th of July centerpiece. I used roses, one of the easiest flowers to stem dye. And here is how I did it.
Purchase white roses. Fill a vase, which will accommodate the number of roses you purchased without crowding them, with a nice amount of water. Place 10, 20, or more drops of food coloring in the water. The goal is to make your water very dark with the blue food coloring… as dark as you can get it. Cut the stems of your roses to the length you would like to use in your centerpiece. Place the white roses inside the blue water and wait about 24 hours. If you start seeing blue coloring on the rim of your rose petals, pat yourself on the back because things are progressing just as you want them to! Within 24 hours, you should have a beautiful blue rose.
Here is the progression of how my roses went from white to blueish. As you can see, within hours, my roses starting getting the blue dye on the outer rims of their petals and then, they started to get bluer and bluer.
Just a warning, the rose will never become fully blue, just a fun speckled look that will still show some of the original white. The roses kind of look like they have blue freckles.
You can also get creative and use some roses that have become mostly blue with roses that only have a little bit of blue on the rims of their petals. This is what I did for my centerpieces. Most importantly use food coloring (gel or liquid) ONLY… no clothes dye or other dyes. They will just kill the flowers.
Of course, last but not least, enjoy all the wonderful comments you will get from your work and your beautiful arrangement.
Each year, an incredible event takes place at the Ritz Carlton in St. Louis. The Children’s Hospital Table Tops Annual Spring Event. This stunning event is the most talked about event of the spring with very elaborate table tops created by local designers. Best of all, proceeds benefit the Friends of St. Louis Children’s Hospital Endowment Fund for Camp Rhythm, a summer camp specially designed for children with heart problems.
Here are a few photos from some of my favorite designers who participated this year. There were a lot more table tops, but these are some of my favorites!!
Mary Tuttle’s – The Art of Livingis a stunning store in Chesterfield Commons, which may just be the most amazing experience you will have, shopping for beautiful home decor, flowers, and fine china. If you are in Chesterfield, make sure to stop by their beautiful store. Their table-top was a garden theme with a variety of potted flowers and plants. The Juliska china was a show-stopper!
The St. Louis Service Bureau – Is a beautiful non-for-profit boutique in Ladue, Missouri that benefits local charities. If you love unforgettable stationery, unique home decor items, gifts, and jewelry, this store should be on your list to visit! And the fact that it benefits local charities, is icing on the cake! Their theme at the Table Top Event was the May Pole. It was colorful, stylish, and a breath of fresh air! Just looking at this table makes me happy! I especially loved the mint julep cups and the long tapered candles.
Cosmopolitan Eventsis a St. Louis based special events planning company. The team at Cosmopolitan Events are incredible at making their clients’ vision a reality! This year, they created a beautiful table with the most stunning color platte.
Wildflowers, a custom floral designer in St. Louis, created this gorgeous design… need I say more?! It’s no wonder their floral masterpieces grace the halls of the St. Louis Art Museum.
Last, but certainly not least, is Belli Fiori’s wedding jaw-dropper! The entire design is dripping with opulence! Orchids, hydrangeas, diamonds… seriously, what else can a girl ask for? Are those sequins on the tablecloth? I’m in LOVE!