You might not necessarily think of florals when it comes to decorating a beach party or nautical themed gathering, but as you can see from the pictures below, flowers can be used to mimic the ocean’s natural elements like seaweed and starfish, or wind and sand. There are so many options and creative ways to accessorize table settings with votive candles, shells and colored netting.
And if you’re having a summer wedding, an ocean theme might be perfect for you. Flowers are easily incorporated into seaside centerpieces and add a soft, romantic flair without distracting from the oceanic elements. Try nautical accessories, table settings, rope napkin rings, coral & seaweed shaped flowers, and lilies that embody starfish.
Mini Starfish Boutonnieres
Bouquets and boutonnieres made with flowers and sea shells are eye-catching and unique.
Seashell terrariums in mason jars make for a more compact display that’s easier to transport and clean up, especially if you are using sand and setting them on dining tables.
These also make great wedding favors for guests and chic home accessories.
Craftbug has a handful of creative DIYs for candles and garlands.
In honor (or anguish) of the scorching heat wave we’ve been experiencing these last couple days, this Tuesday is all about sweet floral inspirations. Weather you’re hosting a BBQ or traveling to the beach, these sweet treats are sure to brighten your day and leave you with a better taste of nature.
Tulip Ice Cream Bowls
Lime & Coconut Sorbet
Edible flowers can have a longer shelf-life than you may think. By painting the petals with an egg-white wash or another one of these simple recipes, they can be refrigerated for two weeks or frozen up to six weeks. Most chefs recommended using a soft brush and choosing flowers with larger petals, like pansies. After painting, dust the petals with super-fine granulated sugar and dry it. Store preserved flowers in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Avoid dark-colored petals as they turn even darker with this treatment.
For cocktails and desserts, use sweeter blooms like violet, rose, or lemon verbena petals. Spicier petals like garlic, rosemary, nasturtium or chive flowers are better for savory dishes.
3D Flower Jello
Whenever you use edible flowers, it’s important to make sure that they are in fact edible, meaning that they aren’t poisonous or grown with pesticides. The flowers of most culinary herbs are safe, but you have to be careful when purchasing them from random garden centers or nurseries because many of them aren’t grown for consumption.
Honey Coconut Milk Ice Cream with Edible Flower Topping (Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegetarian)
Choosing centerpieces can be a daunting task, especially if you haven’t done it before. If you’re like many of us who reluctantly select the flowers, colors and height of the arrangement, the last thing you’ll want to do is math. Thankfully there are plenty of online guides with general measurements to walk you through the process.
The general rule-of-thumb for round tables is to allow 15″ to 20″ of table space per person. This space is measured going from the edge of the table inward. For rectangular tables, allow between 2 to 2 1/2″ feet per person. For a better explanation you can consult this Table Guide.