Shades of Summer

by elyn_ryn

There is something about a yellow table that says lemonade and sunshine.  If you want to bring summer indoors, set a yellow table.  It’s especially effective on a dreary day.

Even in winter, setting a yellow table can change a mood.

And with just a little effort, you can buy a few bouquets of flowers and turn them into a stunning table arrangement that will last for days.

I started with 3 oblong shallow platters, bought oasis foam from a craft store and a few pretty, yet inexpensive flowers.

I soaked the oasis foam for a few hours in a water-filled sink.  Once saturated with water, I placed it on the platter.  It’s a good idea to tape it down with florist tape, but I didn’t have any so I skipped that step.

I cut green stems from bushes outside and then washed them.   Otherwise, you might have a few bugs and spiders crawling on the table while you are eating!

Cut the greenery stems short and stick them into the wet oasis foam.  Stick them everywhere and especially around the bottom so you hide the platter.

Once you have a ton of greenery stuck all over the oasis, cut the flowers stems short and start sticking them into the oasis. Scatter them around and vary the colors. Then stick in more greenery if there are holes or the oasis is showing. I made three platters and pushed them together to form a long centerpiece. Tuck in a few lemons or other fruit around the base of the fowers.

Use some colored straws to bring in more color.

I used cloth napkins with printed moths made from fabric designed by Tamara Kate for Michael Miller fabrics as shown above.  The napkins introduced a little pink color…

…so I added a few pink roses.

These flower arrangements called for lemonade…

…and lemon candy for more color.

When you arrange flowers, let some stems stick up higher than the others. This will give an arrangement more depth and it will look as though it was arranged by a professional.

Find the freshest flowers you can so your arrangement will last for a long time.

Don’t forget to water the oasis foam to keep the flowers from drying up.  I water from the top and keep a finger in the side of the shallow platter so I know if the water is going to run over the sides.  Pour a little water and let the foam soak it up.  Then add a little more until the oasis seems soaked again.

A final tip, use paper plates to get the look you want.  White plates will also work with most colors, but sometimes it is fun to use a paper plate that just has the perfect colors.  It can make your table seem like you are having a picnic! (These plates are in the Meyer Lemon collection by Martha Stewart at Michaels.

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