Extravagent Celebrity Wedding Flowers

If you had an unlimited budget for your wedding flowers, what would you do, besides hyperventilating and jumping up and down with glee?!?

With the Kayne & Kim show last week in Florence, the team got talking back-of-house about the biggest weddings they have worked on, and what they would do with celebrity wedding budgets the likes of Tom Cruise (marriage 1, 2 & 3), Kim Kardashian (marriage 1 & 2) and Donald Trump (we’ve lost count of how many).

Catherine Zeta Jones     tom cruise and katie holmes wedding

Delving into the topic, it turns out the majority of  online ‘exposes’ about celebrity weddings are heavily focused on the DRESS. Closely followed by the CAKE. The flowers may have set them back five figures or more, but do you think there are oodles of official shots showing great close ups of the floral arrangements? Someone needs to have a stern word with the wedding papparazi!

What’s clear, however, is the old adage, “money doesn’t necessarily buy taste”, rung true in many cases.

Our sleuth work on celebrity and billionaire wedding flowers uncovered an inordinant number of decadent, extravagant, and rather “outlandish” wedding flower choices, alongside stylish and deliciously delectable wedding flowers by equally famous and/or wealthy brides and grooms.

Each to their own. We’ll let you be the judge!

VICTORIA AND DAVID BECKHAM: FLORAL BACKDROP

Not quite the ‘floral wall’ of Kim and Kayne’s more recent nuptuials, but we are sure there were MANY eleborate floral arrangements dotted around the castle that we don’t have photo access to. A special mention goes to the stategically placed basket of firewood and immaculately organised bookshelves.

Victoria Beckham wedding flowers      Posh and Becks Wedding

 KIM KARDASHIAN & KAYNE WEST: FLORAL BACKDROP

Kim Kardashian wedding

Apparantly Kim was looking to Will and Kate’s wedding for inspiration this time round for her Florence tying of the knot to baby daddy Kayne West. A six metre wall of white peonies and roses – extremely extravagant, extremely exquisite. She took quite a different approach to her first wedding, which boasted a classic meets modern, black and white theme, or shall we say, a little bit flashier, a little bit more “look at me”.

Kim Kardashian wedding number 1       Kim Kardashian wedding number 1

BLAKE LIVELY BOUQUET: NO WORDS – JUST BEAUTIFUL

Blake Lively's wedding bouquet

HILARY DUFF: UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE

Hilary may not have spent the same on flowers as the likes of Posh Becks or Kim Kardashian, but her style appears to have quite the following on bridal websites and Pinterest boards. Go Hilary!

Hillary Duff wedding centrepiece        Hillary Duff wedding cake

 

Hilary Duff wedding      Hilary Duff wedding flowers

HUGH HEFNER : CHRISTINE AGUILERA: BRITNEY SPEARS: FLORAL WEDDING ARCHWAYS

Fairytale floral archways for fairytale white weddings…

Hugh Hefner wedding     Christine Aguilera wedding     Exquisite wedding 

IVANKA TRUMP EXTRAVAGANZA: DESIGNER OPULENCE

A BIG budget wedding designed by celebrity New York floral stylist Preston Bailey. Traditional. White. Opulent. Lavish. Say no more, this would have cost a BOMB. Is it your cup of tea?

Invaka Trump wedding flowers     Trump wedding   Ivanka Trump wedding centrepieces

 

Ivanka Trump      Ivanka Trump wedding cake       Ivanka Trump wedding flowers     Ivanka Trump table centrepieces

BILLIONAIRE SEAN PARKER: ‘LORD OF THE RINGS’

A woodland wonderland amongst the Redwoods of California’s Big Sur designed by celebrity florist Preston Bailey, including a cool US $300,000 on fresh and silk flower petals covering the aisle. There has been some environmental controversy surrounding the $10 million plus wedding of young Napster-Facebook entrepeuneur, Sean Parker. But you can’t deny the artistic beauty of this unbelievably lavish and imaginative floral styling. One word: WOW.

Billionaire weddings         Sean Parker wedding     Elaborate wedding flowers

billionaire wedding      Big Sur Wedding      Sean Parker Big Sur Wedding

What would you do with an unlimited budget for your wedding flowers? Happy dreams!

Check out these pics and more on our Celebrity – Billionaire Wedding Flower page on Pinterest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clever Kids Flower Crafts

Looking for some fun flower crafts to do with kids? Take a look at these cool ideas for making flowers, ideal for a rainy weekend or the school holidays!

1. Paper Flower Drinking Straws

A super cute idea for kids to make as decoration for their birthday party or a teddy bear’s picnic. You will need coloured paper, scissors, double sided tape, a hole punch and drinking straws. To make it super simple, you can download a blossom template and use the step-by-step instructions on how to make these funky flowers here.

drinking straw flowers

 2. Giant Tissue Paper Flowers

How fun would these look in your child’s bedroom or playroom, maybe even planted in the garden for a party? You will need lots of tissue paper in different colours to get you started. For detailed instructions on how to make, click here.

Giant tissue paper flowers

3. Cupcake Flower Lolly Holders

A yummy flower craft for kids birthdays or school holidays. Use bright coloured card-stock and cut out in flower shapes. Glue minature paper cupcake holders in the centre, and fill with lollies. Simple!

cupcake flowers 

4. Celery ‘Rose’ Stamp

Buy a cheap bunch of celery and cut the end off. Put red paint onto a paper plate and dip the cut end of the celery into the paint. Stamp on paper and voila, a rose! A clever idea to use for home-made cards or wrapping paper…

celery flower 

5. Tulip Potato Prints, Soft Drink Bottle & Pencil Stamps…

An easy art project using potatoes and paint to create tulip flowers! Simply cut potatoes in half lengthways and carve out the top in a zig-zag shape just like tulips. Squirt paint onto paper plates for kids to dip the potato stamps into. And use paint brushes to draw long, green lines for stems. For detailed step-by-step instructions click here. Alternatively, dip the base of a plastic soft drink bottle into paint, or rubber band together seven pencils with soft erasors on the ends, as pictured below.

Tulip potato prints                        flower craft


flower stamp craft for kids  

 6. Accordian Paper Flowers

These accordian ‘origami’ paper flowers make a pretty bouquet, can have magnets glued on the back to create stylish fridge magnets, or simply be glued on top of a present as unique trim. All you need are sheets of patterned origami paper and buttons to get you underway. For detailed instructions on how to make, click here.

Origami flowers

We hope the kids have fun making these groovy flowers. Feel free to post pics to the Flowers for Everyone Facebook page of their finished crafts, we’d love to see them! *Post a pic of your child’s finished flower craft between now and 2nd June on our Facebook page (with their first name and age), and we’ll put them to the vote with our fans. The most popular pic will receive a $150 gift certificate with Flowers for Everyone!

References:

http://www.kollewin.com/blog/paper-flower-crafts/

http://spoonful.com/crafts/10-pretty-paper-flower-tutorials#carousel-id=photo-carousel&carousel-item=4

http://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/flower-craft-ideas-for-kids/

http://strivingtobemore.blogspot.com.au/2010/08/folded-paper-flowers.html

 

 

March Wedding Flowers: Emma & Kieran

As florists we are regularly asked by brides what flowers will be available during different months of the year. For brides with their hearts set on a particular flower in their wedding bouquet, it may be the deciding factor on exactly when the wedding will be held. To help guide you along the floral path for your upcoming nuptials, keep an eye out for our new bridal features showcasing past Flowers for Everyone and BridesinBloom clients on their big day. We hope their experiences and seasonal floral design choices provide inspiration, assistance with planning, and a few ticked boxes on the ‘to do’ list.

Introducing Mr & Mrs Kieran & Emma Bateman

Wedding Date – 22 March 2014 Wedding Venue – Zest, Mosman, Sydney Wedding Dress Designer – Pronovias Bridesmaid Dresses – Bridesmaids Only Men’s Suits – Just for Him, Beecroft Wedding Cake – Brides in Bloom Honeymoon – Hawaii (Maui, Kauai & Oahu) Wedding Colour Palette – Classic and Neutral in White and Antique Pink.

Summer Loving…

When Kieran and Emma first met through mutual friends, little did they know it would ultimately lead to a romantic wedding proposal on Sydney’s Whale Beach. 

“Kieran proposed on the beach for our four year wedding anniversary.”

The happy couple

Delightful David Austins – March Wedding Flowers in Australia

The David Austin is one in-demand rose and it’s easy to understand why when you see a bridal bouquet like Emma’s. Beautifully complementing her classic bridal dress, Emma chose to carry a large clustered bouquet of elegant white David Austin roses, standard white roses and white lisianthus, finished in an ivory satin binding.

Bride's bouquet

The bridesmaids carried small clustered bouquets of Antique roses, pale pink David Austin roses, white lisianthus, white David Austins and standard roses, finished with a nude pink satin ribbon to match their dresses.

Bridesmaids

The groom wore a white David Austin rose buttonhole. Simple, stylish and classic.

One handsome groom

A Perfectly Classic Wedding Cake

We supplied the bride with our round 3 tier medium cake in a marble and hummingbird flavour. The floral decoration was chosen to match the bridesmaid bouquets, finished with a soft ivory organza ribbon.

Brides in Bloom Wedding Cake

Emma’s Advice 

“Start planning early and solicit the help of your family and bridesmaids for anything that you can delegate, if you are organised it definitely reduces your stress. I found that making contingency plans in advance ensured that nothing could spoil my day!”

Rose wedding bouquet

 

 

 

Fun Mother’s Day Recipes for Kids (and Dads)!

Flowers and breakfast in bed are the two main staples when it comes to organising the Best Mother’s Day Ever. We’ve got your flowers covered, so read on for some fun and yum recipes that kids will get a kick out of preparing, and dads a blast out of cleaning up. An all round win-win we’d say!

Pancakes

One Cup Blueberry Pancakes

In the words of Jamie Oliver,  “These are the simplest pancakes to make with kids. You don’t even need scales to weigh out the ingredients – all you need is a cup or a mug.”

Ingredients (makes 8, serves 4)One cup blueberry pancakes for Mother's Day

  • 1 large free range egg
  • 1 cup of self raising flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • sea salt

Optional:

  • 200 g blueberries
  • olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons natural yoghurt

Method

  1. To make the batter, crack the egg into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the flour, milk and a tiny pinch of sea salt.
  3. Whisk everything together until you have a lovely, smooth batter.
  4. Fold through the blueberries, if using.
  5. Put a large frying pan on a medium heat and after a minute or so, add ½ tablespoon of oil.
  6. Carefully tilt the pan to spread the oil out evenly.
  7. Add a few ladles of batter to the pan, leaving enough space between each one so they have room to spread out slightly – each ladleful will make one pancake, and you’ll need to cook them in batches.
  8. Cook the pancakes for 1 to 2 minutes, or until little bubbles appear on the surface and the bases are golden, then use a fish slice to carefully flip them over.
  9. When the pancakes are golden on both sides, use a fish slice to transfer the pancakes to a plate.
  10. Repeat steps 5 to 9 with the remaining batter, adding ½ tablespoon of oil to the pan between batches, if needed.
  11. Serve the pancakes straight away, topped with a dollop of natural yoghurt, and some extra berries, if you like. 

For other equally fun looking pancake recipes for kids to make mum, check out these cool ideas below!

Mint chocolate chip pancakes for Mother's Day

Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes – Very American, but rather delicous looking! According to www.buzzfeed.com, you could just use a pancake mix, add some food coloring, and mint extract if you want. I’d say that would be the easiest bet with kids. Alternatively for a more challenging version you could use this recipe. (2) Can someone please give these a go and report back how they went?!?

Pancakes with Faces – Have the kids decorate pancakes using Jamie Oliver’s recipe above, with fruit in colours, shapes & expressions that resemble your family members! (2)

Pancakes with Faces

Waffles 

Waffle & Yoghurt Parfait

Donkey in Shrek loved parfaits, so why wouldn’t mum? This recipe is SUPER easy for kidlets to make for a sweet and delicious Mother’s Day brekkie.

Ingredients (makes 1 serving)Waffle & Yoghurt Parfait for Mother's Day

  • 2 of your favorite shop-bought waffles                                 
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced

Method

  1. Dice toasted waffles into bite size pieces.
  2. Mix the yogurt with the vanilla.
  3. Layer the yogurt, berries, and waffles pieces in a large glass. 

Chocolate Brownie Waffles

You will need a waffle maker to produce this rather naughty Mother’s Day breakfast!

Chocolate brownie waffles for Mother's Day

According to www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com, you can just buy a brownie mix and put that in the waffle maker, or you can make them from scratch with this recipe. If the strawberry syrup seems too complicated for the kids to make, just serve with cream or ice-cream and fresh strawberries. Mmmmm, mmmmmmm.

French Toast (and other Bread-Based Brekkies)

French Toast Kebabs

Kids can have fun threading the pieces of french toast and fruit onto kebabs. Simples! Check out the recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart below: (2)

Ingredients (makes 4 serves)French Toast Kebabs

  • 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 loaf (one-pound) unsliced dense white bread (such as pullman), crusts removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • Maple syrup (optional)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place a rimmed baking sheet in the oven to warm. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, salt, and vanilla. Stir in bread.
  • In a large saute pan set over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Place half of the bread mixture in pan; cook, turning occasionally with a spatula, until browned on all sides. To keep warm, transfer to the oven. Cook remaining bread in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter as before.
  • Thread bread cubes onto skewers alternating with blueberries, raspberries, and banana slices. Serve immediately with maple syrup, if desired.

Heart Shaped Eggs with Toast

Heart Shaped Eggs with Toast

Another Martha Stewart gem – heart shaped eggs. If you have a heart-shaped cookie cutter at home you’re in the game. Check out the recipe here. (3)

Muffins

Mother’s Day Rhubarb & Ginger Muffins

We’ve offered one savoury option, surely that’s plenty?!?! At least this doozie of a muffin recipe from Jamie Oliver doesn’t look as sickly sweet, as say, the chocolate brownie waffles!

Ingredients (makes 12)Mother's Day Rhubarb & Ginger Muffins

  • 350 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 325 g brown sugar
  • ½ lemon
  • 250 ml milk
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 pieces stem ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 100 g butter, plus 1 tablespoon extra, melted
  • 300 g rhubarb, finely chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4 and line a muffin tray with muffin cases. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl place the flour, baking powder, salt and 225g of the brown sugar. Mix, then make a well in the centre. 
  3. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice into the milk and set aside for a couple of minutes. Place the orange zest, half the stem ginger, the egg, 100g of melted butter and the milk mixture into the bowl and beat thoroughly. Fold in the chopped rhubarb. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases, filling each one to the top. 
  4. In a small bowl place the remaining 100g of brown sugar, the extra tablespoon of melted butter and the rest of the stem ginger. Mix until it looks like a crumble topping, then sprinkle over the muffins. 
  5. Bake for 25 minutes so the sugar turns golden and crispy and the muffins are cooked through. Serve warm with custard or crème fraîche for a lovely pudding.

Disclaimer: Apologies in advance to all mums currently on the Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation challenge!

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References

1. http://www.jamieoliver.com/

2. http://www.buzzfeed.com/arielknutson/fun-foods-to-make-with-kids-for-mothers-day

3. http://www.marthastewart.com/

Dirty Hands, Clean Soul

“Life begins in the garden. The rest – worry, conflict, stress – simply dissolves in the landscape” (1)

Not a green thumb? Never gardened in your life? Don’t have a backyard? None of that matters – you don’t have to be an expert on gardening to reap the benefits of simply FEELING GOOD in both body and mind.

Whether you are a student, an investment banker, a retiree or a parent, the benefits of getting your hands dirty are tenfold. Put simply, research has proven that gardening is both a highly effective mood enhancer and personal trainer all rolled into one.

Grow your own veges

PROOF IN THE PUDDING (OR THE PLANT)

Reading Indoors or Gardening Outside?

Well both sound relaxing. In fact lying down on a comfy couch reading a good book sounds super stress-free. However, a study in the Netherlands using stressed out participants split into two for reading and gardening indicated that although both demonstrated a drop in cortisol (gardening participants showing a much steeper drop) during their respective activities, the gardening group fared much better in terms of mood, reporting a complete turn around by the end of the experiment.

The Secret to Life Satisfaction

A Texas survey indicated that “gardeners reported more physical activity, claimed more energy, and rated their overall health higher than non-gardeners. Those who described themselves as gardeners showed a higher level of life satisfaction than those who said they didn’t garden”. (1) I’d make a safe bet the Dalai Lama would agree.

Dirt – The Natural Anti-Depressant

Did you know that when digging around in the earth you are ‘kicking up some potent  Mycobacterium vaccae bacteria, known to stimulate serotonin releasing neurons in the brain?’ (1) Regardless of the sensory delight of getting your hands dirty, and whether or not your horticultural endeavours are worth writing home about, we could all do with getting our hands dirty more often for a natural pick-me-up – nature’s prescription medication!

Gardening

OUR TOP THREE REASONS TO GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY….

It gets you away from the ipad and outside.

Concerned about the rising addiction of screen time and its affect on adult and children’s health? Here we have the answer. Dig in the dirt, plant a seedling, prune some stems. Even 10 minutes is enough to turn your day around. It’s a bit like taking the dog for a walk to breath some fresh air and get a spot of sunshine on your shoulders. Except not everyone owns a dog. You don’t need a huge backyard to reap the health benefits of gardening either. Gardeners and gardener wannabees can all happilly potter in a small inner city courtyard, big suburban backyard, apartment balcony, roof top, or even a community garden.

community garden      window boxes

It gives you precious ‘me’ time.

Whether it’s a quick ten minutes each day or a longer stretch once a week, gardening enables you to escape into your own private world. Pottering in the garden, watering and weeding pot plants on your balcony, or planting vegetables in a community garden, enable you to take ‘time out’ from the people around you and the hectic pace of life. This gentle, nuturing activity means you can simply focus on you, and nature. Your breathing rate will relax, tension will dissolve from your shoulders, and your emotional batteries are given the opportunity to re-charge.

pruning

It gets you moving.

Whether it’s the action of squatting and rising, lifting bags of potting mix, carrying rocks, pushing a wheelbarrow, or digging with a spade – gardening provides an opportunity to work out (either in a relaxed way or a ‘Biggest Loser’ kind of way). And unlike a regular fitness workout, you are also provided with the bonus of a beautiful garden view from your window, flowers for the house, herbs and vegetables for your cooking.

So there you have it. Dirt cleanses the soul. And if you feel the need to instagram and Facebook photos of the rose you have grown, or the dinner you have cooked using vegetables from your garden, then your ‘screen time’ is well deserved.

References

1. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/gardening-therapy/#axzz308c0CDc6

2. http://www.sheknows.ca/health-and-wellness/articles/955087/benefits-of-gardening