In Victorian times, sweethearts knew how to voice their affection without saying a word. Lace the mystery of their language of flowers throughout your soiree.
Unspoken messages sent in a bouquet are a timeless tradition. The Victorians flirted with flowers, sending clues about their sentiments through their selection of blooms and colors. Bouquets exchanged among friends communicated happy notions or were offered in times of joy or sadness.
Celebrate the ardor of spring by setting a table decorated with hidden floral meanings. For example, use pitcher of purple tulips (meaning a declaration of love) or an arrangement of forget-me-knots (representing true love or remembrance) to celebrate the romance of an anniversary or bridal shower.
Start this pretty table with voile fabric topped with a layer of patterned fabric (we used a purple-and-white check tablecloth) that holds the color scheme together. Containers of pink dianthus (for pure affection) and pink and peach pansies add more "thoughts" and color at guests' feet. Antique armchairs with cushions complete the romantic setting.
Forget-Me-NotsDelicate lily-of-the-valley means a return to happiness and purity.
Set a pretty scene by mixing vases of different heights for fresh informality.
Match the flowers' shapes to the profile of the container -- wispy forget-me-nots are a perfect match for a delicate pitcher, while branches of purple lilacs take centerstage in a tall water pitcher.