This quote always reminds me of spring. I often get asked what is my favorite flower, and while it is always changing, a constant is tulips. April brings the tulips and makes me feel glad to be alive in the world. April was a whirlwind. I signed the lease on my very first studio space and kicked off the wedding season with a three wedding weekend. So, I am coming in better late than never with the April newsletter, on the last day of the month.
I started Everyday Rosé Events when I was living in an apartment building. That meant my “flower studio” was on the third floor at the very end of a long hallway. Whenever I bought flowers for a client, I would unpack my car, put as many buckets as possible on a luggage cart, ride the elevator to the third floor, then cart everything down to the end of the hallway. I’d repeat that process usually three or four times to get everything up. And then once things were arranged, they went back down the same way. None of it made sense, and it was never convenient or easy.
From there I moved in with a friend who so graciously allowed me the use of his basement. I’d unpack my car one bucket at a time, taking them through the living room and kitchen to the basement stairs, up and down and up and down.
After that, I moved to my own apartment - a second floor unit because I am a glutton for punishment. Again, the flowers and boxes go up and down and up and down, around a narrow corridor and into my kitchen. There were always flower petals and leaves lying around in every room of the apartment. One time I found a boutonniere pin in my bed. Another floral designer once told me that whenever she starts to think her space is bad, she thinks about mine….
From my kitchen “studio”....
I produced events like this...
Why am I telling you all this? After four years of stairways and luggage carts and rounding corners and not being able to cook because flowers have taken over the kitchen, I FINALLY have my VERY OWN STUDIO SPACE. I will be able to host workshops and have clients come to the space. I did as much as I could, with as little as I had, for as long as possible. And now it’s finally time to move on up!
Ah, March. The doldrums of winter. One day a snow storm, the next 65 and sunny. Previews of spring that are not actually spring and then back to rain and cold. The one redeeming event in March for me has always been my birthday, which falls on March 15th (The Ides of March). And it got me thinking of my highs and lows for the past year. Professionally, a high was one of my largest events to date, an engagement party at the George Peabody Library (photo above).
Personally, a low was when I accidentally left my back door open overnight, and in the morning it became clear that a critter, likely raccoon, had rooted around my kitchen.
And so, I am excited and thankful to look forward to another trip around the sun filled with flowers and rosé. What could be better than that?
Come find us at our upcoming events!
We here at Everyday Rosé Events have just completed a dry January, er, dry-ish January, and what can we say besides, bring on the rosé! January was filled with proposal writing for 2019 weddings, the organization of our supplies and vases, private workshops, and our weekly deliveries.
And now onward to February and the main event, Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re single, in a new relationship, in an old relationship, or married, I’m sure you have someone in your life who deserves a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Perhaps that person is YOU and we are here to help you with that. I’ve spent many a Valentine’s Day as a single gal, in fact, last Valentine’s Day I ended up at Chipotle, where, as the staff person was making my chicken burrito bowl, she then proceeded to pull a hair out of the bowl, she then pauses and looks at me and says, oh, do you want me to re-make it? (Disclaimer: I still eat at Chipotle). So, don’t let YOURSELF or your loved ones have a “hair-in-your-Chipotle” type Valentines Day, and instead, surprise them with flowers!
There are two ways to order and quantities are EXTREMELY LIMITED so place your order NOW before we SELL OUT. (Caps for emphasis). Deliveries will take place on Wednesday, February 13 and pick-ups will take place on Thursday, February 14 at Mt. Vernon Marketplace.
This was quite possibly one of the most fun projects of 2018. We were asked to design a Thanksgiving tablescape for our client’s Baltimore row home. It all started when our client sent us this link to view her home and we found this…
I just about died. It is so gorgeous! Once I came back to life, I set out to work on the inspiration board. The instructions given to us were to use pumpkins, eucalyptus, and flowers, of course. We called the design, Tallship Thanksgiving, paying homage to the focal point painting in the dining room. As a lover of all things nautical, this was right in my wheelhouse!
For the design we wanted to use a lot of texture. We started the base of the tablescape with a navy blue cheesecloth table runner. We placed various sizes of cream colored pumpkins down the runner, and we also spray painted a few gold for a gilded touch. We incorporated drift wood to carry on the nautical theme.
Look at these goodies!
The floral arrangements were in mercury glass compote vases and included garden roses, thistle, bleached ruscus, eucalyptus, and the star of the show, toffee roses. We then placed silver dollar eucalyptus along the table runner. Our client provided brass candle holders with navy candle sticks, as well as the chargers, napkins, and napkin rings.
Et Voila! The table comes to life!
Who wouldn’t want to gather around that table for Thanksgiving?!
The Rawlings Conservatory has turned into one of my favorite venues in Baltimore. Any nature lover owes it to themselves to pay a visit and walk through the greenhouse and gardens. It was such a treat to host a workshop there this past Sunday. I learned that the Rawlings Conservatory is the 2nd oldest buildings of it’s kind in the US.
We had the best of fall flowers. I choose jewel tones with pops of peach and orange. It always amazes me how different each design will turn out even though everyone is using the same materials. There were dahlias, mums, stock, amaranth, thistle, basil, sedum, celosia, and even my new favorite carnation. Why do carnations have such a bad rep?! #carnationnation
Thanks to the Rawlings Conservatory and the Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory for having us!
Venue: Rawlings Conservatory
Local Flower Farms: Hillen Homestead, Butterbee Farm, Clear Ridge Nursery
Pure Barre Harborside hosted us this past Monday as part of their Client Appreciation Week. Everyone who took a Monday night class got to build their own bouquet. We set up buckets of flowers, client made their picks, and then we cut and wrapped the flowers for the participants to take home. Considering it’s “fall” around here we decided to make the pumpkin spice bouquet. It was anything but #basic. We choose a selection of roses, mums, amaranth, pom poms, carnation, and ruscus in shades of burnt orange and peach. Is there any other way to show your clients you love them than with flowers?! Thanks for having us Pure Barre!
My husband and I fell in love at a music festival. We had just been introduced that week. He was in town visiting friends who did a lot of nudging to get me to meet him. Shortly after I did, I invited him to come to a music festival that weekend. I had previously bought tickets, sold them, then regretted it. I complained about this to him, and asked if he wanted to go. The next night he found a pair of tickets on Craigslist, drove two hours to pick them up, and rescheduled his flight to stay through the weekend. I’m a sucker for big gestures.
We had just met, but we both figured, "Well, if we can spend three days in a tent together and not kill each other, we have a pretty good shot. If it doesn't work out, we’ll never have to see each other again." Lucky for us, it worked out.
Less than a year later, we were engaged. Naturally, I didn’t want to go the traditional bachelorette party route. Don’t get me wrong, I love going out dancing at a good club. But it just felt off. My sister suggested we go to Hot August Music. I took zero convincing. It was perfect.
The morning of the festival, she set up a flower crown bar in the backyard of the Airbnb we rented. Slightly groggy from the welcome party the night before, we got to work on some mimosas and flower crown crafting. She had sunflowers, cosmos, mums, gomphrena, and eucalyptus. She showed us how to cut the flowers to the right length and work them into the wire crown using florists tape to secure them at the base.
Each of my six girlfriends crafted a crown that perfectly suited their personalities. Katy used a large sunflower right up front like a headlamp, irreverent and slightly kooky. Veronica’s featured a lot of eucalyptus, making her look like a Greek goddess. Megan’s was balanced and even.
Heart-shaped sunglasses and matching koozies completed the look. Was it a shameless, exaggerated take on festival culture? Yes. Do I regret it? No.
Throughout the day, we got stopped constantly. People wanted to know where they could get one. Like woodland nymphs we staked out a spot near the back where we could sit in the shade, listen to the tunes, and laze on the grass all day.
As night approached, we made our way down to the main stage to see Thievery Corporation. The reggae-pop mix was the perfect ending to a perfect celebration. The crowns survived the day and saw the revelry home to a dance party in the kitchen and a lot of memories made.
I am an event florist without a retail shop. As such, I only order flowers when I have booked events. Makes sense, right? Here's the thing, though, I have this tendency to over order for said events. I do this for a few good reasons but also as a bad habit. Every time this happens I have this song playing in my head....
Brittany Spears' banger hit "Oops! ...I Did It Again." I highly recommend the video if you have the time and want to remember better days. Simpler days. Days when videos mattered, and all you had to worry about was where you could buy that lip gloss. I digress.
My tendency to over-buy led me to start "Save-the-Bouquet Day!"
Save-the-Bouquet Day is when I whip up mixed bouquets and deliver them to you or your loved ones on the cheap. Why? I'd rather have them in your house than mine. Everyone loves fresh flowers. And delivering to you is fun.
Why so cheap? The stems are a few days old so might not last very long. They also may have a few defects. But I want them to live their best lives in the few days they have left.
I love that quote about starting a business. I am not particularly embarrassed by my first workshop, but so much has changed since then. The point is, I started something.
Many people ask me how? And why?
Well, it all started during a particularly creative mercury retrograde. I was attending a Bikram yoga class. As is usually the case for me in yoga, my mind was going a million miles an hour. Also all my chakras were aligned, and I was looking out of my third eye ...you get the point. During that particular class I was thinking about how I wanted to work with flowers. Then I started to wrap my head around the idea of workshops. Floral design in bars and restaurants. Like a wine and paint night! Like wine and paint but better! Because #flowers, duh. Something inside of me clicked, and I thought, "I could ACTUALLY DO THIS!"
I spent the summer of 2015 scheming and planning and researching and networking and visiting flower farms and talking to friends and drinking rosé. Ah yes, the rosé was plentiful that summer. My first workshop was on August 12, 2015. My friends showed up to support me in a HUGE way. I think I spent so much time planning the details that when it came to the actual instruction part I muttered something like, "Uh, flowers ...pretty ...cut ...put in vase." Nonetheless, Everyday Rosé had launched, and I was so happy I cried. That's me, crying, in the bottom left.
This summer will be Everyday Rosé's third year. We've gone from workshops to flower bars to weddings and more. The little idea I had during that fateful Bikram class has changed and evolved, and I can't wait to see what another year will bring!