TIME FOR PEONIES

Daniella Pittorino

Daniella Pittorino

It's peony season! Pretty much everyone's favourite flower, peonies are a fantastic addition to your wedding day or special event.

Unfortunately they are only available in the UK in May and June, so it's time to splurge on these bountiful and luscious peonies!

To help them cope in the hot weather, here are a few helpful tips:

  • cut the stems at an angle so that they don't sit flat at the bottom of your vase
  • store them somewhere cold overnight
  • don't put them in direct sunlight
  • change their water daily with fresh, cool water
  • handle with care as they are quite fragile!

Check out some of my favourite florists here and here.

MIRRORED TABLE PLAN BY CUTTURE

Holly Clark Photography

Holly Clark Photography

Table plans can often be a last-minute, difficult task in the lead up to an event. However this stunning mirrored table plan board is definitely worth the effort!

Luxury stationers Cutture, who specialise in laser cutting, designed and created this laser engraved silver mirrored acrylic table plan. The design is engraved onto the back of the mirror allowing light and colour to shine through. It is a fabulous way of attracting your guests' attention to the seating arrangements. They often even take photos in it!

The best part is that after the event you can frame the table plan and hang it in your home, reminding you of the wonderful event and all of the guests who shared the day with you.

For this particular event, a 70th Birthday in the Masai Mara, Kenya, we used African safari themed table names, for instance "Crocodile Dundee", "Laughing Hyenas" and "Cheeky Monkeys". And of course, the head table was called "King of the Jungle".

Click here to see more photos from this event, and check out Cutture's latest work here.

GARDEN CHIC TABLESCAPE INSPIRATION

Daniella Pittorino

Daniella Pittorino

I love a good theme, and when a client asks you to organise an event at the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, the inspiration and possibilities are endless. My only instructions were rustic, garden, bright and fun (and somewhat budget-friendly!).

We began with a free-flowing green garland running through the centre of the naked wooden table. Building on this we added terracotta pots filled with tomatoes of all sizes, bright oranges and lemons, an array of potted herbs and floating artichokes, giving the table luscious scents and textures. We kept the tableware to a minimum with simple, white dinner plates, wooden-style cutlery, green water goblets and natural linen napkins.

Bushels of carrots guided the guests up to the Rooftop and the spectacular skyline views of Manhattan. The guest of honour's favourite cocktail, margaritas, welcomed the guests to the party, along with the delicious canapés by Fig & Pig Catering. After watching the sunset, guests enjoyed a relaxed, family style menu of beet and fennel salad, vegetable risotto, grilled skirt steak, roasted market fish, spring greens and crispy potatoes. The highlight of the evening was a very heavy, surprise gift offered by all of the guests to the guest of honour: a 40kg/90lbs Parmesan cheese wheel. This was then lifted (by about 4 guests) onto the dessert buffet to accompany the wonderful chocolate cake, pots of Eton mess, and enormous fruit and cheese board. Guests then relaxed in the rustic lounge, and danced and celebrated until the early hours.

Read more about this Rooftop Farm event here and check out the full album here.

IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS

Holly Clark Photography

Holly Clark Photography

It's all in the details. This is something that I know to be true. It is often the little extras at an event that are the most appreciated by your guests. They will leave the event raving about it to their friends and family, sharing photos online as well as looking forward to the next one. All because of the little touches that wowed them.

My favourite example of this was on a 70th Birthday trip to the Masai Mara, Kenya. From the animal print socks and hilariously rude eye shades on the plane, to the mini packets of vegemite at breakfast (the birthday boy’s favourite), no detail was overlooked. Every element adds to the theme of the event and makes for one very special and memorable party. As an event planner and stylist, this is the standard that I like to hold myself to, always going above and beyond.

Read the full article on Pearl & Pear here.

EASTER STYLED SHOOT WITH PEARL & PEAR

Holly Clark Photography

Holly Clark Photography

"After a long and cold winter, there is no better way to welcome spring than with a vibrant and fun Easter party for inspiration. This recent styled shoot at Amber Lakes did just that. Full of light and colour, it made for the perfect Easter setting. Set in the countryside and surrounded by water, this venue is an idyllic retreat away from the hustle and bustle of London. We were lucky enough to work with some incredible suppliers to piece together a beautiful afternoon. MonAnnie style the most beautiful cakes and confectionery. Director and owner Fehintola shares her inspiration for Easter. I wanted to celebrate the freshness and beauty of spring. ‘Naked cakes’ are very popular at the moment and using fresh flowers in pastel colours really captured the essence of the season. My favourite elements of cake making are the little details that add interest. In this case I chose to use beautiful handmade bunny ears and mini chocolate eggs to celebrate Easter. Complimenting the nature of the venue, the flower arrangements by Hybrid Flowers were tall and rustic. Always going above and beyond, Hybrid beautifully styled the venue’s ornate chalet-style dining table and chairs. Bringing the egg hunt to the table, they even tucked Easter eggs into the wonderful centrepiece. The Mixology Brothers provide and host cocktail parties. Equipped with their rustic bar, they create simply stunning cocktails that taste delicious. For Easter inspiration a collection of cocktails were served following a spring theme. A gorgeous lemon tipple was served in a tall glass with a eco-friendly metal straw, finished with a beautiful matching yellow flower. Our favourite was a peach coloured martini style drink served in the always glamorous Coupe glass. Details were never forgotten here as each cocktail was styled to include a gorgeous sprig of spring. Locate to Create bring together a stunning collection of vintages props and decorations. Founder, Holly Dallison gives us an insight into the inspiration behind styling a show-stopping Easter brunch, lunch or dinner. The Travelling Hands are known as London’s best acoustic roaming band. Whether you’re hosting a private party or large scale corporate event they guarantee to get your guests moving and singing, a lot! “Our performances are all about good times, good music and high energy. We had the perfect setting for this at the simply stunning Amber Lakes alongside some brilliant suppliers. We had great fun showcasing this style. What’s more, when the Mixology Brothers, invited us over for a drink or two at their brilliantly charming bar, we couldn’t turn them down. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! In case you were wondering – they were all delicious! Looking ahead to spring and summer, we’re delighted to showcase our new blue tweed suits via our continued sponsorship with British Menswear Designer Marc Darcy. We love the new style and are very proud to wear these great suits at our events. Accompanied with red velvet bow ties, they bring a fun playful look for these warmer seasons whilst maintaining classic British style.” Hybrid specialise is creative floristry, working with every detail of a client’s brief and piecing together a masterpiece. The styled shoot was not exception. We talk through the design process and inspiration with Creative Director, Caroline Ball. “For the main table design the centre piece was the most beautiful ‘tree’ made from magnolia branches. Surrounding this we made a tablescape of quintessentially spring and Easter elements. This included the cutest pale yellow primroses, bunches of Muscari grape hyacinths and snowflake flowers. To top it off they were all set on to slices of logs or wrapped in sheets of bark. At Hybrid we have a bit of an obsession with ferns and we relished the opportunity give a fresh woodland element. We achieved this by wrapping ferns in green moss and hanging them in the branches ‘Kokedama’ style for a fun element. Touches of yellow santini and the sweetest foil wrapped Easter eggs were hidden amongst the branches in hanging glass globes! We wanted to work with the warm tones of the timber, antlers and of course our wooden bunny friend with springtime pinks and peaches. Our star flower was undoubtedly the stunning ranunculus. This worked beautifully with the peach avalanches roses, snowflake flower and green ferns. A cooler blue element was added with little heads of cute succulents and silver coloured bark containers. To conclude, zingy yellow forsythia and the most beautiful open scented freesias will always tell us that spring is here. Their vibrant florets were highlighted with touches of green viburnum and ferns. These were brought to life further with pops of orange toned roses, purple stocks and alliums reminding us that early summer is not so far away!"

Click here to view all of the photos from the shoot, and here to read the full article on Pearl & Pear.