Friday, March 27, 2015

evening baby shower : pretty in pink : gold, sequin & hearts


the ballroom cafe at dne school of dance was the most perfect setting for adam and i's evening baby shower... yes, i am blogging my own baby shower :o)  our amazing sisters, danielle and stacey with help from the nana's, we were treated to the most special evening in honor of our bundle of joy on the way (i'm a little late posting this... sarah grace is 7 months old now)

around 40 ladies enjoyed an evening baby shower with a fabulous salad bar, decadent desserts, fun games and... pink, pink and more pink

enjoy some of the lovely details from our baby love's shower...

xo, kerianne and baby fleurette-to-be

(a handful of these photo's were taken on folks iphones and from my amazing neighbor & great photographer, lu fortier... check out lee and lu's beautiful photo's at leefortier.com)


the ballroom cafe at dne school of dance is a great space for intimate parties and gatherings... showers, anniversaries, birthdays... you name it.  located off the main mill at dne school of dance in north chelmsford the gals turned the space into a room perfect for a princess and i felt like one that evening!!  

the gold chivari chairs, blush lamour linen and blush all over sequin linens that dressed the tables can be rented from peterson party center and table toppers of newton... a HUGE shout out and THANK YOU to the amazing team at PPC for such gorgeous linens and chairs!!!

cocktail tables in this amazing sequin linen (table toppers of newton) held simple candle scapes... my sister and i made gold glitter votives to accompany the gold candle holders (which we also made... all can be found at les fleurs)

...how to make gold cylinder vases...
materials:
cylinder vase
spray paint (we used gold metallic from rustoleum i got at home depot)
pillar candle (to fit inside cylinder)

1. in a well vented area, holding the vase in one hand (place your hand inside the vase... this way you have total control to move it around) begin spray painting at the base of the vase (**wear gloves or a shirt you don't mind getting messy, spray paint does not wash of clothes)
2.  hold your can of spray paint approx. 12 inches from the vase and spray lightly... covering heavier at the base of the vase and go lighter as you travel up
3.  allow the vase to dry for 10 minutes before lightly spray again.  when you return to the vase to spray the second coat, only spray at the bottom of the vase... you want a very fair covering of paint around 3/4 of the vase leaving the last 1/4 of the top still clear
4.  after 24 hours, the spray paint is completely dry, place your pillar candle inside, light and enjoy!

(please remember, that spray paint on glass will chip/scrape if not handled delicately)


as soon as we found out we were welcoming a baby girl this september, shower planning began!   pink, gold & hearts were the theme.  we knew we wanted invitations to be a different shape and hand made... the heart theme fit perfectly into the invites!  danielle and i went to michaels craft for all our supplies and inspiration for the invitations.  we spent a weekend in maine with our mom, aunt and our cousin heather (who makes frequent appearances on our blog) to make these lovely invites.


for the main invitation we found a 5" ceramic heart that we used as a template.  we printed the phrase "baby love" on kraft paper and the invite itself on white card stock.  using a photograph spray adhesive... placed the kraft and white papers together, traced and hand cut each invite.  added a little sparkle and they were ready to go!  inside the envelope there were enclosure hearts, of what other than gold glitter paper with details for a fun raffle.  a raffle or making notes on the invite about giving books is such a great way to help the parents-to-be begin babies library.  in adam and i's case the girls asked guests to bring a book or package of diapers if they wanted to be in the raffle... lovely prizes to be won, you'll see those below!!



floating candles in rental cylinder vases from les fleurs reflected beautifully along the mirrors in the cafe!





during the weekend in maine, not only did my family help cut out 150 hearts for the invitations, we continued to cut paper hearts for this beaut below!  i sewed paper hearts through my sewing machine alternating shades of pinks with kraft and white hearts to create this garland.  from a 10' pole i tied each heart strand, the girls strung the pole along the mirrors in the cafe.  it was a great backdrop as i opened gifts.













eat, drink and be merry is a motto i like to live by and my shower was just that!  stacey created an salad bar accompanied by anything you would think of and the most wonderful dessert table!!







a question i feel is often asked when planning a shower... games... what games shall we play?  and more often we hear folks say, no games.  i don't want anything hoaky (as a nana would say) i am one of those ladies who said "no games!"  my ladies found away around that and made opening gifts entertaining and fun for the guests with little door prizes.

they set an egg timer and whom ever's gift i was opening at the time it went off, they received a little token.  we gave "it's a girl" nail polish from opi.

these lovely gift boxes were for the book/diaper raffle.  expecting moms... this was the greatest idea ever!  in the shower invite's there was a separate gold heart, which asked the guests (optional of course) to bring a package of diapers (size 1 or 2) or a book to be entered to win a great prize.  baby sarah received so many books it filled a whole bookcase and enough diapers, that at 7 months old (that's how old she is now that i am finally writing this) i just bought the first box of diapers!!  thank you ladies!!





it seemed only fitting that for favors, all the ladies went home with blush pink iced heart sugar cookies!



thank you for sharing in all the love, sarah is soo lucky!

and... on september 3rd at 4:21 this little doll arrived, now a week shy of 7 months old!!




xo, kerianne and sarah










Tuesday, March 24, 2015

the taj boston : spring wedding : sweet monday photography : gold, white & ivory

if you haven't seen the boston public garden in the spring promise me you'll make a date to do so this year!  the tulips and hyacinth just coming through fresh soil, the clean smell of new grass and the amazing flowering trees.   sweet monday photography captured all the spring beauty for this boston wedding at the taj.


les fleurs : boston common : spring wedding : sweet monday photography


lauren shared a picture of her grandmother's bridal bouquet with us and asked that we add ribbons tied with stephanotis to her bouquet the way her grandmother's bouquet was.  i'm in love with the results!  traditional, modern and vintage all in one.

les fleurs : white bridal bouquet : hanging stephanotis : the taj : boston wedding florist






les fleurs : white bridesmaids bouquets : calla lilies, ranunculas, peony, roses : champagne bridesmaid dresses


the guest tables were a mix of high and low style arrangements on gold footed pedestals.  lush white spring flowers and cascading orchids looked elegant with all the gold.

les fleurs : the taj ballroom : boston wedding florist : tall white centerpiece : gold pedestal





cheer's to your (very soon) 1st anniversary!  xo, kerianne & the fleurettes


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

fleurettes head to brooklyn : floral workshop : workshop with saipua : little flower school

i come to work everyday (i'm not sure if it's fair to call what i do "work")... surrounded by amazing colleagues, special clients and beautiful flowers, does it get any better?  the women i spend my days with are some of the most cherished in my life, i am lucky to have these moments with them and in return they have had such a profound effect on me.  i feel what we do has a similar effect in the people's lives we touch.  flowers are there when babies are born, when we say "i do" and during times of sorrow... as well as everything in between.  sandra, danielle and i traveled to brooklyn, new york to take a floral workshop from the AMAZING sarah of saipua and nicolette of the little flower school.  it was wonderful seeing these women in their elements, i realized i do that everyday... i have that passion... i am that excited about the changing seasons and the flowers that accompany it.  hearing them talk about why they became florist and how to approach their craft was so inspiring.  i wanted to share our field trip to new york and the beauty that is saipua and the little flower school...


it took us 7.5 hours to get to brooklyn... worst road trip conditions ever!  we saw so many accident so we thanked our flower angles for getting us there safely!  when we pulled down the docks, along a very narrow alley, from the backseat danielle caught the only splash of color... the door to this amazing workshop with citrus hang alongside


once inside and out of the snowy, cold weather we were greeted by amazing folks there for the same reason we were.  candles, wreaths and flowers for days!! behold the beauty













the class we were taking was a winter citrus workshop.  we were taught about using fruit (which for you fleurettes' know we love to use fruits, veggies and other unassuming accents in our arrangements) and winter blooms together.




sarah and nicolette gave a great tutorial on the arrangements they were designing, shared a bit about their backgrounds and then went around the room gathering little bits of info about the other guests in the class.  it was so wonderful to see how many people wanted to do what we are lucky enough to call work.  out of around 25 women, we were the only professional florists.  most of the women were in the tech or engineering fields.  they all described being there for similar reasons, to be around beauty, learn an art and considering a career change to the floral industry.  we were there for fun and to soak up any information the girls were sharing, oh! and because sarah from saipua is basically a celebrity to me, she is my angelina jolie.  her work is inspiring, whimsical, unassuming and romantic... all things i love!!




sandra and i had the best time!!  we loved seeing every one's arrangements and how they saw flowers. 

it's like a painting... the mediums are all the same, the strokes are what makes it a work of art.  i tend to like neutral colors and more monochromatic flowers schemes, this class pushed me outside of my floral comfort zone, i really loved it!



here are mine and sandra's winter citrus arrangements!





a work of art by sandra



a work of art by kerianne



find something to do that you love, it doesn't need to be your career (if you are able to do that then life is great!) but a hobby or a new pastime... try your hand at flowers with our workshops at les fleurs.  i want to say a special thank you to sandra for sharing her passion with me and in return i share mine, now also flowers with all of you!




want to take a floral arranging class like we did at our shop in andover?  join us for our next seasonal workshop, april 4th.  email or call the shop to sign up!  for more details on the class see this blog post... spring seasonal workshop : save-the-date

staff@lesfleurs.com // 978.475.9669


xo, kerianne and the fleurettes'