Mmmmmm, Juicy Fruit.
Flowers are divine, and while we’d never turn up our nose at the rapture of a peony in bloom, we do love to incorporate the full scope of nature’s glory into our summer party décor. Bronwen Smith of New York City’s B Floral Event Design, which counts Moët Hennessy, Bergdorf Goodman, and Burberry among its clients, concurs, saying cherries, berries, and citrus fruits are a wonderful way to sweeten up summer centerpieces. Read on for five easy ways to squeeze every delightful drop out of this delicious tabletop trend.
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Sweet, dark cherries in beautiful glass bowls make an elegant statement on a summer table. To create a simple yet stunning centerpiece, surround bowls of cherries with glass vases of different heights filled with blooms in complementary tones of pink, red, and white. For a warmer color palette, use golden-hued Rainier cherries instead.
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Wild strawberries have great natural texture and color gradations, which make them beautiful accents for summer floral arrangements. Even just a few stems go a long way in capturing the magic of strawberry fields. Add them to arrangements featuring blooms in complementary tones of pink, white, and green.
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When the season hands you lemons, pull together a zesty brunch or dinner party. For a quick, easy, and inexpensive centerpiece, fill a large bowl with a pile of bright lemons and place them between vases of yellow flowers. For contrast, leave on some of the green stems and lemon leaves. Potted dwarf lemon trees make a striking statement when placed down the center of a long table, along with vases of flowers and votive candles.
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Like lemons, limes are a perfect complement to summer flowers. We like them best paired with white flowers, such as hydrangea. Like lemons, they look beautiful when piled high in pretty bowls.
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Brunch calls for grapefruits, and so does this mouth-watering centerpiece, which is bursting with flowers and citrus fruit. This creative hostess shared her tip for re-creating the look: use shot glasses as diminutive vases to hold the blooms. For a quick take on this design, Smith suggests scattering a variety of fruit and greenery down the center of the table.
Heading to the market? Add some of these pretty summer fruits to your list, and let them inspire your floral arrangements.
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