Event people work long hours, and they are always jolly and smiley and a pleasure to work alongside. I hope you all find our Lavender Green team good to work with. Certainly your generous “thank you” notes suggest that.
This month of November has been exceptionally busy, and our team of lovely florists have created 793 table centre pieces in the 25 days so far. This means that we have also created countless big displays and many little poseur table designs too. All of these then have to be delivered and installed expertly by our own careful teams working closely alongside lovely caterers and production companies to wow clients.
The diverse and brilliant Ai WeiWei exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts has turned into a ‘must see’ in London. On our most recent visit for an event here we took inspiration from the harsh lines, copper tones and structural elements of his intriguing work and transformed the entrance main staircase with a multitude of vases, each with a different type of foliage or unusual 'floral' element. Using beautifully preserved Eucalyptus with contrasting soft Kangaroo Paw, our arrangements created a tantalising entrance for guests to enjoy!
Yet again we had the pleasure of dressing Kensington Palace (five times this month) for a corporate dinner in the State Apartments on firework night. We produced a rich explosion of colour with plum tones using Blueberry Roses, autumnal Hydrangea, Phlox, Calla Lilies, delicate double purple Lisianthus and equally delicate Clematis; all which worked perfectly with the beautiful tables created by Alison Price.
Christ Church, Spitalfields, was a perfect setting for us to portray autumnal elegance. At this intimate champagne reception and dinner for inspirational women in business we created a luxurious palette of golds and autumn shades using carefully selected flowers to bring a rich, bold contrast to the lush tables designed by Create Foods.
We were also honoured to have been selected to be the florist for this year’s Lord Mayor’s banquet at the historic Guildhall. For this traditionally important annual event, working alongside Party Ingredients, we dressed the venue with beautiful warm tones set off by the crisp, white linen covered sprigs with candle light adding ambiance to reflect the client’s brief. The event was a real success and we were delighted to have played a part in it.
We have decorated all the Historic Royal Palaces this month, and at one event at Banqueting House guests were transported back through the decades for a very special event which invited them to dabble in the past, become nostalgic and remember their earlier years, whatever their age. Our flowers reflected the various decades of the last 60 years, although we did cheat a bit and bring some of them more up-to-date! Likewise the delicious food from The Recipe added an up-to-date twist to the unforgettable culinary treats of yesteryear- with not a “spam fritter” in sight! The event took place under the stunning and familiar Rueben's painted ceiling, where we created an indoor street by surrounding the central food station with tall moss covered lampposts from which we then draped bunting in customary British fashion, and surrounded all this with large displays brimming with autumn lusciousness!
As each era was to be represented on different sections of the long table, our task was to design flowers that reflected iconic moments of each era, and of course there were so many to choose from! We started with the 50s, which was brought to life with the use of vintage biscuit and OXO tins. The 60s then saw an array of white Mary Quant and Pierre Cardin style vases. 70s just had to be punk with sharp collars of ivy and Mohicans made out of Tulips. We then moved into the 80s which gave us the chance to bring out our new neon sprayed urns and perspex boxes, with the occasional lightning strike to give our nod to Bowie... For the 90s, we just had to bring in glow sticks to give the designs that 'authentic 90s vibe, and then the final stage... for the 00s, we changed tack again to reflect a more technological era, so mirrored containers and crisp white flowers brought us all right up to date.
To really bring the street party alive we also took a couple of our lovely florists to the event to help the guests make flower crowns, which they then wore for photographs in front of our foliage wall to really emphasise the “outdoor” style of the evening!
The night was a roaring success with guests giddy with reliving cherished moments of their childhood again. The beautifully crafted flower crowns certainly added to the party feel too! It is a great shame that this magnificent venue will be closing at Christmas until Spring 2016, but - wow! - I can’t wait ‘til they reopen again.
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