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FlamingoCarole
Lilburn, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 20, 2008
4:16 PM

Post #4686781

but I have been a lurker! LOL

Here's what I have going. I am doing the floral arrangements for our company's annual dinner at one of our local italian restaurants. Each table will seat no more than 10 people. Dinner will be served 'family style". Obviously I need something that folks won't have to crane their necks to see over.

This restaurant has a very 'earthy-rustic' type atmosphere. Strings of garlic hung from the rafters, etc.

I have a general concept but, of course, am open to all suggestions. I think I would like to use real vegtables for the floral containers. Like cabbage or something else. I also have a really good source, at a reasonable price, for minature roses in all colors that might work also.

Would appreciate all thoughts, ideas and suggestions. Something really 'out of the ordinary'.

I have supplied these arrangements over the past 10 years doing something really different each year. Veggies will be a new one for me.

thanks so much!

carole

terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 20, 2008
7:43 PM

Post #4687497

Hi Carole, ex lurker!
I'm sure everyone will enjoy the challenge and come up with some ideas for your table arrangements, sounds like fun using vegetables for the container.
When is the annual dinner?
I'll certainly have a think and see if I can come up with anything for you!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 21, 2008
4:15 PM

Post #4691004

What shape are the tables?
Are we thinking about one round arrangement or
2 or 3 arrangements along a rectangle table.

terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 21, 2008
8:43 PM

Post #4692037

miniature roses courgette boat.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 21, 2008
8:46 PM

Post #4692050

Red and yellow stuffed peppers!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 21, 2008
8:53 PM

Post #4692066

Just a couple of ideas I tried out before dinner!

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diggerette
Brooklyn, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2008
9:39 PM

Post #4692211

Wonderful! Good job,Terri
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 21, 2008
10:50 PM

Post #4692437

Hi Adele, Thanks! are you going to try this theme?
motts1
south central, WI
(Zone 5a)

March 23, 2008
2:14 AM

Post #4697116

HI, interesting job...would love to see what you come up with. What about using the "strings" from celery as greenery" or the leafy stalks? Seems the perfect use for celery, other than to carry peanut butter!!
Containers..hmm..liked the zuchini and peppers shown. Here in WI, the cabbage smells like it has been in storage for months (which it had) and I left it in the store-going with a lettuce salad; so might want to check odors. Some lovely single head butter lettuce that looks like a flower..but in the gourmet area and a bit pricey if I would be using it for more than just a touch in the salad.
Please post photos.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 23, 2008
4:22 PM

Post #4699003

Hi Marcia, Thanks! It is an interesting one to think about.
Celery strings sounds good, it would look like spaghetti!!
I have used a cabbage before and found that the circular oasis plug in the middle seems to stop the smell. These arrangements would probably be just for the one night.
It will make food preparation more interesting for a while!!
Hope we will have more ideas everyone!
FlamingoCarole
Lilburn, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 23, 2008
10:13 PM

Post #4700122

Terri...LOVE your ideas! thank you!

The tables will be rectangles.

Marcia...I picked up a cabbage on friday and some bouquets that were marked down to a dollar at the grocery story. Sorry I did not take any pictures...they barely made it 4 hours in the house. Phew!!!!!!! You were right on with the smell.
terichris
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 24, 2008
8:37 PM

Post #4704097

I love to use small terra cotta pots with artichokes. You can alternate regular sized ones with clusters of the baby artichokes. Use an oasis to anchor. The great thing is you can eat them afterwards! I also like the look of spraying them with gold paint... A pretty ribbon tied around the pot & a few votives around & you are done.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 24, 2008
9:00 PM

Post #4704169

How bout something like long strands of spaghetti noodles for the base and then something resembling the salads the experts have created?

I meant spray painted of course.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 25, 2008
4:19 PM

Post #4707824

Hi Carole, Thanks, glad you liked those ideas. You said it an was earthy/rustic restaurant, will the tables have tablecloths? plain or with a pattern or is it bare wooden tables? I'm Just trying to picture the surroundings to find an idea that might be suitable!
I'm going shopping for interesting vegetables, back later!

like your ideas terichris and Candee.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 26, 2008
2:25 AM

Post #4710086

Enjoying myself here playing with veggies!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 26, 2008
2:28 AM

Post #4710098

Butternut squash, dried gourd, miniature roses, fern, gyp and pearl pins.

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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 26, 2008
11:30 AM

Post #4710900

Bravo, that is really attractive. I love the gyp it just always brings things together and the pearls are quite the show. That makes a perfect table centerpiece!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 26, 2008
4:24 PM

Post #4711991

Thankyou Candee. I have a cabbage to do next!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 26, 2008
4:41 PM

Post #4712064

Your brain must just about wear you out Terri so chock full of ideas!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 26, 2008
7:58 PM

Post #4712856

Guess what we had for dinner?

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 26, 2008
8:00 PM

Post #4712867

I know it's not using a vegetable as a container carole, I just couldn't resist it!
Tri-colour Pasta, red roses, gyp and breadsticks.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 26, 2008
8:02 PM

Post #4712875

clear vase!

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FlamingoCarole
Lilburn, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 26, 2008
10:11 PM

Post #4713421

Terri...THAT'S IT !!!!!!!!! Thank you.

Hope you don't mind if I copy you but what could be more perfect for an italian dinner?

carole
karmaplace
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 26, 2008
10:12 PM

Post #4713423

Carol, the cabbage and the marked down flowers were for practice? Have you settled with something yet? Just curious.

Terri, cute stuff!
karmaplace
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 26, 2008
10:13 PM

Post #4713426

Oops, cross posted. . .got the answer!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 26, 2008
10:21 PM

Post #4713458

Oh, glad you like that one!

I was having so much fun, do I have to stop now?!!
Karma, did you get a cabbage too?
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 27, 2008
11:40 AM

Post #4715911

I could not agree more for the Italian that is perfect, pasta and breadsticks and what a presentation.
Personally, I would love to see your cabbages and perhaps Carol can use the idea at some later function, perhaps she will host a St. Patricks day next year with Corned Beef and Cabbage LOL!

Candee
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 27, 2008
5:18 PM

Post #4717395

Funny you should say that about the cabbage Candee, my daughter said the same thing,
"It's not very Italian, is it Mum?"

Turns out Carole wanted an arrangement for an Italian restaurant...
not a vegetable as a container after all!!!

Thanks for the fun and I'm happy you liked the pasta idea, quite cheap for you to make too!! (use their pasta)!!
Good Luck and enjoy the dinner.
Terri
FlamingoCarole
Lilburn, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 27, 2008
9:07 PM

Post #4718205

Terri...

you hit the nail on the head...I only THOUGHT I knew what I wanted, LOL.

Thanks all for your help and suggestions!

carole
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

March 28, 2008
1:36 AM

Post #4719230

My pleasure!

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