Tipton & Hurst was recently featured in the Valentine Gift Guide article on the popular fashion blog AJ Wears Clothes.
When listing the best presents to give for Valentine’s Day, Tipton & Hurst was the only florist mentioned:
“Flowers are always the ultimate Valentine, and now that Tipton Hurst has joined The Promenade, it’s easier than ever to pick up a bouquet. They have cash & carry in store, or you can order ahead of time and pick up – or better yet, have them deliver! They also have an impressive selection of gift baskets.”
Trashtastic? What in the world is trashtastic? And what does it have to do with Mardi Gras? Don’t worry, you won’t have to go dumpster diving for materials. This is a fun, festive, care-free Mardi Gras centerpiece that is still gorgeous, but it certainly goes for a more crazy personality than most decorative pieces we show you how to make. Which is only befitting for a holiday like Mardi Gras.
The purpose of this centerpiece is to mimic a Mardis Gras or Venetian mask, which are famous for their outlandish style. To get started, you’ll need a gold vase (it can be either tall or short). Place a collar of green dianthus around the rim of the vase’s mouth to hide the “mechanics” of your arrangement. Now take peacock feathers and insert them into the vase between the collar of dianthus. Make sure most of the stem shows for each feather, giving the impression that the feathers are fanning out of the vase.
Next, you’ll need two Mardis Gras masks (make sure they are green, purple and gold). Attach two short rods to the masks so that you can stick them in with the feathers on either side of the feather fan. Once the masks are in place, begin adding orchids to the arrangement, sticking them diagonally into the dianthus collar (we used orchids with dyed colors). Now add beads to hang around the masks and throw in a few purple irises to mix with the feathers. This should cover your purple and green, but don’t forget your gold. We suggest adding in gold lilies right beneath the masks.
When you’re happy with the arrangement, place a fleur de lis in the middle of the arrangement on a pole so that it “caps” off your design.
Be sure to catch Chris Norwood every Tuesday morning between 9 and 9:30 on KATV’s morning show. You can watch his recent appearance below.
Even though Christmas has already passed us, there’s nothing wrong with thinking ahead to next year, especially since our Christmas items are half off now. For next year’s Christmas centerpiece, Chris Norwood has a great arrangement that is easy to put together and takes very little time. For your Christmas centerpiece, grab a few glass bubble bowls and fill them water and a type of red berries, such as cranberries or holly berries. Place a small candle inside the bowl to float to add lighting. Before you set the bowls on your table, use garlands and sheets of bark (we recommend birch bark) as the runner down the table. Insert magnolia leaves, fresh apples and berry branches into garland to add different textures and colors. Use various styles of colored burlap, bunching them together into a bow and placing them near the center of your centerpiece.
Watch the video below to see just how easy it is and how gorgeous the end result can be. Be sure to stop by one of our stores for great deals and ideas.