Happy Wednesday, everyone! As promised, a little "how-to" for making the rose topiaries and a few other Champagne Party details. Actually, they came together fairly easily...
INSPRIATION: The trick was that the party was two days after Thanksgiving, so something Christmasy was in order, but there was no time to get a tree up and decorated. I spotted a photo (here) on Pinterest, that looked festive and not too tough to duplicate...
CONTAINERS AND COLOR: This vintage champagne bucket was added to the collection months ago. They're easy to find - Ted Watson of Watson Kennedy has a fantastic stock of them at his Fine Home store, and occasionally they'll turn up on One Kings Lane. Paired with silver julep cups (found on Amazon) for the smaller topiaries, and containers were checked off the list. Add pink roses and you have the perfect color palette for a champagne party - pink, gold, and silver.
The TOPIARIES were found on One Kings Lane and at Seattle's Ravenna Gardens.
FLOWERS: To make the topiaries bloom, I used mostly spray roses and a few larger ones (all from the grocery store), put them into florist tubes (also on Amazon) and carefully poked them into the ivy. The champagne bucket topiary needed a little moss to fill in, fortunately that also was on hand, thanks to Amazon.
The whole process took not much more than an hour.
LAST MINUTE ADDITIONS: The table and mantle both seemed in need of lower groupings, so the day before the party I wandered into our neighborhood florist and gift store, Martha Harris, and spotted the mercury glass containers and some gorgeous garden roses. Silver candles caught my eye, too.
ICING ON THE CAKE: The metallic print table runner came from One Kings Lane and matched the champagne bucket perfectly. The napkins added just the right finishing touch of cheer (custom ordered from For Your Party).
CHEERS: A few of you asked which bubbly won the night - the most popular bottle was the 2004 Roederer Cristal (which interestingly enough placed last in 2013). Most polarizing? The 2003 Krug, which had as many haters as people who chose it as their best in show.
But when you're drinking champagne are their really any losers?
What would you like to raise a glass to this holiday season? XO