November 16th, 2010 § § permalink
Photos courtesy of Corduroy Media
I recently shared some pics and some thoughts with the Allison Beck, an editor of a website in NYC called The Daily Meal. They showcased some Thanksgiving themed centerpieces that my assistant Celia and I worked on for Gorgeous and Green. I also answered some questions about sustainable arrangements and Thanksgiving. Take a look at some thoughts I shared in the article:
When creating centerpieces for Thanksgiving, what inspires you?
Pilar: With any of my arrangements, I always look to what is locally in season. Follow the seasons around you to find colors and themes; in the fall to use browns and yellows and reds, because as plants and leaves die, we get to see some magnificent colors. Squash is also prevalent, so we see the use of pumpkins and gourds and squash in a lot of displays and arrangements.
Pilar, what about creating stunning centerpieces, without breaking the bank?
In a lot of my arrangements, I use vintage and reused containers and items that a lot of people may have around their house but never thought to combine with flowers or plants—I love unique containers. Sometimes an old gravy boat, candy dish or an old bird cage make for a stunning display. Plus, it’s all about reusing and reinventing and that means it’s also eco-friendly.
Pilar, what are some “green” floral decorating tips that people should remember when purchasing materials?
In addition to reusing and buying local/in season, it’s also important that people pay attention to pesticides, organics and fair trade as well. As with food, flowers can be sprayed with a lot of toxic chemicals that affect everyone involved, from the cultivators of the flower to those who cut, sell, arrange and end up enjoying its beauty. I try to use as many growers as possible who don’t use sprays, so that we can have fewer toxins that affect our people and the earth. Fair trade is also important to think about, and is directly linked to the health of communities and the environment. Hopefully, when you buy local or fair trade, you are supporting businesses who can then support and pay their employees fairly.
Hopefully if you are going to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, you can remember to show your thanks in the many actions it takes to put something like a dinner or gathering together, and all the people and the planet that is touched by our actions, every day.
In Green and Health,
September 4th, 2009 § § permalink
Eco and Family-Fun Wedding
A few weekends ago, Gorgeous and Green Events created the flowers, event design and helped coordinate the day for Meredith and Ben’s wedding at the Kensington Community Center in Kensington, CA. The location has a slightly simple and outdated community center, so it was fitting that Meredith decided to forego using the center itself and instead use the outside areas. The Center sits on a hill with a nice large patch of grass and an amphitheater in the back. There, we transformed the outside space to hold the festivities of the wedding ceremony and reception.
The wedding party: I really liked that there was a groom’s woman for support on the groom’s side. And, she wore a kaki dress to match!
A cute flower girl
Flower girls on the march, with cute compostable flower baskets that Meredith bought them.
The Dining Room: outside on the grass, tables were placed end to end to make rows. Meredith was not really into flowers for the event, so on each table I placed a glass vase filled with locally grown fruits and vegetables. At each seating there were reused strawberry baskets for the guests to use to take some fruits or veggies home at the end of the night.
Meredith wanted a vibrant color scheme, so we went with fruity colors, like lime, mandarin and raspberry. We decided to string lanterns around the grassy area to enclose the outside space and create a festive air. Some of the lanterns were reused from my wedding (the turquoise ones) and I hand died the fuchsia cotton ribbons myself, biodegradable!
There were a lot of young children at the event, and it was planned to be family friendly, with kid friendly seating (like booster chairs and high chairs), kid friendly music and lots of paper lanterns to play with!
She chose a blue and fuschia pink color scheme for her bouquet and I accented that with some beautiful all yellow sunflowers in the bridesmaid’s bouquets.
All the beautiful photos were courtesy of the photographer, check out his website for some truly artistic photos: www.seandonnellyphotography.com
The event was filled with sustainable touches and eco-friendly design. And the sustainability will go on. I kept many of the lanterns and the glass vases, and I plan to reuse them for another event some day. Having worked with the Bride since the beginning of the planning, it’s always nice to see it all come into fruition. And in such a beautifully conscious and fun way.
In Green and Health,