The Swan

The Swan

The Swan

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Yesterday I attended the annual Wedding Open Day at Campaspe Country House in the gorgeous village of Woodend.  Many  couples came along to view the Venue and to meet both Staff and the local businesses/vendors who present their individual products.  Although it was an extremely hot 42 degree day,  it was a great turn out & I met some wonderful people.

Each Open Day  I hope that I present something a little different in the way of display tables.  This year I was feeling a little more feminine and perhaps romantic.    I prepared 2 tables; one Banquet Style,  the other a traditonal round.  For the round I found a pretty floral print fabric at a local haberdasher and thought that it would make a fun, happy and summery top cloth  The flowers I chose to arrange were predominantly mixed seasonal foliage including hydrangeas, juvenile sedum with different varieties of  roses in the color of which mimicked one of the flowers on the cloth – this I believe gives the table continuity.  It was a great hit and for some  certainly for me, it brought back memories of the days of warm balmy summer nights around  a beautiful table of home prepared food with the people I love.

The banquet table.  I recently came across my little ceramic white Swan vase which was a gift given to me by a beautiful lady who owned a Pensione in Italy where we stayed 20 years ago and used it as  the inspiration.  The arrangement was classical but simple in design and technique using  seasonal flowers in pastels – what better than the David Austin rose.   I  borrowed a friends collection of same (retro) style ceramic white dishes and vases which I filled to the brim with David Austins in tones of pink, peach, apricot, soft lemon and cream.  In addition a couple of beautiful yet understated heirloom silver candelabras and it made  what I think a lovely and elegant table arrangement which could be adapted for any occassion not just a wedding….

Quite often, it is not about spending a lot of money but hunting around home,  your Mum’s, the Auntie’s and your friends to find that ‘something’ which will help establish a theme in both style and color palette making  your function even more meaningful and special…









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