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At this hands-on spring gathering, flowers, friends, and creativity are the main ingredients.
Invite a few friends, cut some flowers from the garden, and celebrate the beauty of spring with this hands-on gathering. Read on for flower-arranging tips and activities for your get-together, plus special spring cocktail recipes for the occasion.
Extend an invitation for a spring party by including a "blooming" branch inside your guests' invitations. To create the envelope, cut a strip of brown paper and use a bone folder to make creases. Fold the bottom part up to form the envelope's pocket. Use a glue stick and decorative paper to line the envelope. Secure with double-sided tape along the edges.
Use decorative tape to secure the invitation note and a real branch. Pretty folded flowers enhance the mood. Once everything is enclosed, fold the top edge down.
Editor's Tip: We used a traditional origami fold to create the flower. You also can use purchased flower embellishments.
Hosting the event on your porch sets the tone for a light and breezy gathering. Welcome guests as they arrive by greeting them at the supply table. You can use this time to get them acquainted with the embellishments you set out for the occasion.
Enjoy this refreshing orange liqueur-based cocktail at your spring party.
1-1/2 oz. Gran Gala orange liqueur (don't substitute other orange liqueurs)
3/4 oz. Plymouth Gin (don't substitute gins; others won't have the soft taste of this gin)
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 egg white
2 dashes Fee Bros. Grapefruit Bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice. (Shake well!) Strain into coupe. Garnish with an orange twist.
Cocktail recipe by Michael Glassberg
Fresh, spring flavors mix in this enticingly light cocktail you can serve at your party.
1 oz. Grey Goose L'Orange vodka
1/2 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1/4 oz. Aperol
1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon elderflower syrup
Prosecco (one bottle is enough for 10-12 drinks)
Stir all the ingredients in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Strain into champagne flute. Top with prosecco.
To Make Ahead: Mix all of the ingredients except the prosecco in a pitcher and chill. Stir before serving, pour into glasses, and top with the prosecco.
Cocktail recipe by Michael Glassberg
Warm up the table before things get started with a simple arrangement featuring spring-color roses.
For the gathering, provide guests with flower snips, floral tape, floral frogs, and foam; have supplies out at the work table for all to use. Consider providing all of these materials in a container as a takeaway gift for each of your guests.
To get your guests' creative juices flowing, create a few embellished containers and simple flower arrangements ahead of time. Ask your friends to bring cuttings from their own gardens, but also provide buckets of fresh cuttings of seasonal varieties such as peonies and garden roses, as well as fern fronts, hosta leaves, and blooming branches.
Read on for more information about each vase.
This delicate wrap is simple and can be duplicated for other occasions. Simply brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto a plain white container, then wrap eyelet fabric around it, overlapping the edges. Let dry, then trim the excess fabric from top and bottom edges. Sponge a coat of Mod Podge onto the surface of the fabric-covered container and set aside to dry.
Use glass paint to freshen up a clear juice glass or vase. First apply a surface primer on the interior of the vase and let it air-dry. Next, pour in glass paint to coat the inside of the container, swirl the paint inside the vase until the paint reaches the top edge, then pour off any excess. Lastly, turn the container upside down onto a folded paper towel to dry.
Wrap paper and patterned tape around a small dessert cup brimming with narcissus. Make "ribbon" from washi Japanese masking tape by folding the tape in half lengthwise. Wrap it around the container and tie in a double knot.
There's no right or wrong with the arrangements you and your friends come up with. Bounce ideas off each other, trade stems, and let the afternoon take bloom.