P. Allen Smith Uses Tulips for Easter Decoration
Easter is the ideal time to move a luncheon outdoors! If the rain holds out, and the sun peeks out to say “hello,” then grab your dining table and tote it outdoors for a memorable, majestic garden party. Moss Mountain Farm is the perfect setting for an occasion like this. In the spring, 300,000 daffodil bulbs bloom to create a rolling landscape of sunshine-kissed flowers.
If you don’t have a field of flowers handy, you can always bring the garden to your table with overflowing bouquets of Tulips from Stargazer Barn. These 24-stem Tulips arrangements, grown in the Stargazer Barn greenhouses, come in a variety of Orange Juice, Yellow Flight and Purple Lady. The vibrant burst of contrasting Tulips colors will infuse some life into your home or garden party.
Centered on the table is a flower tower to create added height to our tulip centerpiece. The top of each jar in the tower has a cap made of wire mesh, which echoes the old-fashioned French flower frogs that I love to collect. To get an abundant look like this, we cut tulips at various stages of opening, and slid the stems into the mesh. Just be sure there is enough water in the vase to touch each stem. Tulips are tougher than you might think, but they do need a generous source of water when cut for longer life.
To add a little unexpected interest to this Easter brunch, we suspended a few stems from our colorful Stargazer Tulip bouquet above the table from the sweeping branches of a shade tree. It creates a virtual chandelier of pink, yellow and orange tulips that sway in the breeze. Some people prefer a more traditional approach to decorating for Easter. In cases like this, the gorgeous White Oritental Lilies or the elegant white Silentia Tulips will work perfectly.
Don’t forget to incorporate an Easter theme! I scattered classic creamware egg cups filled with porcelain pastel-colored eggs along the table. You can recreate this with faux eggs, or dye a batch of eggs for a personal touch. Be careful not to make your luncheon too inviting, though. My heritage Silkie chickens decided to hop up and make themselves right at home!
~Share the Bounty,