Hello! It is Erin from Fig + Cotton, and I am here today to share my recipe for gorgeous floral arrangements on a budget. Beautiful arrangements — for your home or for your soirees — need not be fussy or expensive. I tend to lean towards shades of white and green, but your choices are endless. A quick trip to your local supermarket — everywhere from Costco to Whole Foods — can easily provide you with drool-worthy arrangements in no time. This post will give you five no-fail tips on how to do just that.
When perusing the floral department in your local supermarket, look for blooms that are in a similar color palette. You can use flowers ranging in price, but keeping them in the same hue will give your arrangements a look of luxury.
Think outside the box when choosing what to arrange your blooms in once you get them home. I love using my collection of mercury glass candle holders (below), burlap-wrapped vases, mint julep cups, or vintage milk glass. Think silver tea pots, colorful canisters, pretty bowls, compotes, your favorite stemware, and even candle holders of all sizes and shapes. This simple tip can add a lot of interest to your simpler budget blooms.
I love starting with big hydrangeas. I often begin with white hydrangeas then add in white roses inside and around the hydrangeas. Beginning with the largest blooms, grounds your arrangement. From there, keep moving on to the next bloom until you are ready for your small greenery and “filler.”
With such classic blooms like roses and hydrangeas, adding a bit of whimsy to your arrangements can be done through filler greenery. In the arrangement below, Bells of Ireland fit the bill beautifully. In addition, hydrangeas have large, dark green leaves that were a perfect contrast to the white petals. Eucalyptus, aspidistra leaves, heather, holly, banana leaves, myrtle, hypericum, and ferns are great fillers as well. Herbs such as rosemary and lavender can also add something very special for a low cost.
Hello, La Dolce Vita readers! Erin from Fig + Cotton here today for your holiday dinner edition of Effortless Entertaining!
I don’t know about you, but with all the gift shopping, card mailing, and party going, sometimes the holiday meal can be left to the wayside for me. Even though I truly love nothing more than cooking for my friends and family, the stress of putting it all together can be somewhat daunting! I am here to help.
1/ The best way (well at least in my family) to de-stress is with a yummy cocktail. I LOVE this simple white sangria from from dear friend, Katie of Spray Paint and Chardonnay. And, it is quite beautiful to boot!
2/ I love an appetizer that I can place on the counter or coffee table and leave unattended for a while. Holiday gatherings can be stressful for a hostess, and placing a delicious meat and cheese platter out when your guests start to arrive is the perfect solution.
3/ Holiday tables need not be fussy. I adore a perfectly set table just as much as the next gal, but there is something so comforting for my guests when the table decor is minimum and casual. Now, this doesn’t mean that my table won’t be beautiful and memorable. I love these rolled napkins donned with fragrant rosemary and cinnamon. I will bet your guests will too!
4/ Start your meal with a gorgeous winter salad. This beet beauty is the perfect start to any meal.
5/ Ah, beef tenderloin. Even though this cut of meat is fairly pricey, it could not be easier to cook. Coat it with a simple rub and stick it in the oven. Seriously, that is it. Do yourself – and your family – a favor and make this the star of your holiday dinner!
6/ Roasted vegetables are my favorite side, especially during colder months. This roasted asparagus recipe is definitely a winner.
7/ What is a holiday meal without something just sinfully delicious. This creamy Potato Gratin fits the bill, and it is even better the next day.
8/ Now onto dessert. Since this is for a special occasion, a souffle always makes everyone feel like you went the extra mile. However, it can be our little secret on how easy this Chocolate Souffle really is. I won’t tell anyone.
9/ Finally, send your guests home with a little treat. Keep it simple. No need to bake, package, or DIY…give them something they will use…mini bottles of bubbly!
I hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with love and laughter! See you in 2015!
Hello, La Dolce Vita readers and happy fall! Erin of Fig + Cotton here with a recipe for an effortless — but also gorgeous and memorable — Thanksgiving.
This is the first year for Mat and me to host Thanksgiving in our home, and I could not be more excited. I hope these tips help you transform your holiday into one for the memory books…without being completely overwhelmed!
1 / The centerpiece for most Thanksgiving dinners is the bird. This will be my very first time to cook a turkey, and this recipe looks like a winner.
2 / Never forget the kids table. I can’t wait to make some fun (and simple) personalized place mats for Rex and his cousins. Here is some fun inspiration!
3 / Our Thanksgiving holiday is always pretty casual, as far as attire. I think this outfit of skinny jeans (a little stretch never hurt anyone), a button down, and a comfy cardigan is a winning combination. For more fashion inspiration, visit Fig + Cotton’s Pinterest page.
4 / For your centerpiece, chose uncomplicated florals in neutral colors. This photo is actually from a Thanksgiving post coming soon on Fig + Cotton, and I simply cut some pretty magnolia leaves from the neighborhood and placed them in a big jar for a gorgeous — and free — centerpiece.
5 / Elegant and rustic table settings are my favorite. Since we are no-fuss family, I love the simple white linens, rosemary, and twine-wrapped flatware for this year.
6 / Oh, the sides. I do love a turkey, but I really think the sides are my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. Try this Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash recipe, my aunt’s savory cornbread dressing, and this decadent macaroni and cheese to round out your meal.
8 / I don’t know about you, but in the Sanders/Hodges household, but we do like a good bottle of wine with dinner. I am a Rose fan, and I love the way a dry rose pairs with turkey. Here are some fun suggestions.
9 / Oh, and how can we forget dessert. Williams Sonoma lays out their pics for the perfect Thanksgiving pies. You can find some winners here.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and I will see you next month!
It’s Erin from Fig + Cotton with some more Effortless Entertaining tips! Today, we are tackling the dinner party. I love a good dinner party, but preparing food and fun for more than my little family can sometimes be daunting. Over the years, I have come up with some pretty good go-tos on throwing a good gathering.
Here are my tips for a stress-free dinner party.
Make a plan
|salad – chicken – brussels sprouts – gratin – pie (store-bought!)|