Late Harvest to Table Tablescape

Hi, all!  It's been a busy week for me and I wasn't sure if I would be able to get a post out or not.  Here's to hoping I can get it done before the end of the day!  Oh, Happy Fall, by the way.  I can't believe it is September 22nd already!

I have had this idea of a "harvest to table tablescape" rolling around in my head for a few weeks now.  I have to admit, however, that the harvest part of it would not come from me.  The only contribution made by my garden to the tablescape would be a few sprigs of basil from my container garden.  But, I love the idea of farm-to-table and wanted to experiment with it a little bit.

Road Trip to Mackinac Island Continued

Hi, Everyone!  As promised, I am finishing up the story of my trip to Mackinac Island in Michigan. You can read the first part of the story here, if you'd like.  I finished the first part of the story with my husband and me stopping for the night in Bay City, Michigan.  We got up the next morning and headed toward Mackinac Island, the true destination of our trip.  This leg of the trip took about 2 1/2 hours.  It was a pretty ride with lots of scenery and before we knew it we were in Mackinaw City.  We would have to take a ferry from there to Mackinac Island.


The Joy of Farms and Farmstands in the Fall

Hey, there!  I know I said I would finish up the story of my trip to Mackinac Island and I truly plan to but, I had such a fun weekend with unexpected discoveries that I simply had to tell you about them! On Friday, my daughter, Amanda, texted me and asked me if I wanted to spend the day with her and two of my grandchildren.  Of course, I said, "Yes!"


Road Trip to Mackinac Island and the Places We Discovered Along the Way

Hi there!  Well, it is absolutely pouring outside so, today is a good time for me to sit at my computer and finally share my trip to Mackanac Island, Michigan with you.  After going over my photos, I have decided to split this story into two posts.  I hope, hope, hope that I won't bore you to death with my vacation story!  I, honestly, am sharing it with you because my husband and I had such a great time making our semi-cross country trip that I thought I might inspire some of you to take a road trip of your own!

A Wedding With Dahlias in Season Continued

Happy September, Everyone!  Well, it feels like fall is starting to make its presence in my area here in Massachusetts.  It was pretty chilling this morning.  I am still hoping to enjoy one more summer fun-filled weekend before hanging up the old bathing suit this Labor Day weekend.  Fingers-crossed!

A Wedding with Dahlias in Season!

Hi, Everyone!  I am sorry I have been among the missing for the last few weeks.  It turned out to be very overwhelming to go away for a week right before I was to prepare the flowers for a wedding and to create a blog post this week.  I was consumed with flowers and floral arrangements and all the preparation that goes along with that :).

But, I am back now and have lots to share with you!  I still want to tell you about my trip to Mackanac Island in Michigan but, I haven't had time to edit my pictures yet so, I thought I would share photos of the wedding I did this past weekend.  That's always fun!!!


Several months ago now I received a call from Carolyn, the bride-to-be.  She was calling from Texas where she is now living.  The wedding was going to be back in my neck of the woods where she was from, originally. Carolyn's aunt, Maureen, is a friend of mine from my garden club and she had told Carolyn that I do flowers for weddings. Maureen has always been one of my biggest fans and I truly appreciate her support.

The Joy of Little Gifts Part Two

Hi there!  Well, I am back from vacation.  What a great time I had!  My husband and I took a road trip from our home in Massachusetts to Mackinac Island, Michigan.  It is a wonderful place. I plan on telling you all about it in the coming weeks.  However, this week I will be working on doing the flowers for a special wedding and there won't be much time for writing and blogging once I begin that process.  So while I have a minute, I thought I would share Part Two of my "The Joy of Little Gifts" post with you.  If you would like to see Part One, you are welcome to see it here.


Taking a Little Vacation

Hi Everyone!  I am checking in to let you know that Designs and Events is taking a little break next week.  I am going to enjoy one last week of summer vacation before it is all over!!  Hubby and I are taking a road trip to some places we have not been before.  It is somewhat of a spur-of-the-moment thing.  Very exciting!  Hopefully, I will remember to take a few (good) pics and be able to share some of the experience with you.


A Bouquet for a Bouquet (Wine That Is)

Hi there!  Happy August, All!  I am always trying to think of new ways to decorate or display gifts, especially hostess gifts. Wine is a popular hostess gift and today I am showing you an easy and fun way to totally change up the tradition of bringing wine to a gathering or event.



Seaside Inspired Tablescape


Hi there!  I am returning from vacation and trying to get back into the swing of things.  I have to say, I already miss vacation.  We did lots of biking and beaching so, you really can't blame me!  But, now it's time to get back to the real world.



Garden Art and the Summer Garden


Hey, Everyone!  I am on vacation right now.  To be honest, summer is kind of one big vacation for me anyway but, I am on actual vacation this week :).  While I am taking the week off, I thought it would be fun to share some of my garden from home with its funky garden art with you.   My garden has been doing pretty well with the beneficial rains we have been experiencing this summer, although these photos were taken right before the flooding rains of last week.  Boy, did we get pummeled with rain!

Elements of a Summertime Living/Dining Room



I am going to be more positive and say, "better late than never" instead of the more negative saying of, "a day late and a dollar short".  I know that most, if not all, of my blogger friends have already posted their summer house tours.  I am a kind of a live-in-the-moment kind of girl (not a good thing for a blogger I am finding :/). The moments of this summer have been busy with family things. There just has been so much going on,  I have been enjoying it so much!  Have you?  However, even with all of that, I do finally have some summertime d├ęcor to show you.  I've been brightening it up in the living/dining room of my home and can't wait to see what you think.

Displaying the Red, White and Blue

Last week I knew that I would be spending the Fourth of July at our little cottage on Cape Cod.  So, before I left for the weekend, I decided to take some patriotic pictures I could share on my Instagram account for the holiday.  I was expecting a lot of guests and knew I wouldn't have the time or the opportunity to create a proper scene for my patriotic pictures.  The following were a few photos I had taken to choose from before I left for the weekend.


Grocery Store Flowers and a Hand Held Bouquet

I am always trying to practice the art of floral design but, it can get kind of pricey with the cost of flowers.  So often, when I just want to practice for practice sake, I buy flowers from my local grocery store.  They usually do not cost very much and there is usually a decent assortment to choose from. I think this day I purchased two or three bunches of mixed flowers.


My Bright and Fun New Herb Container Garden



I am soooo far behind this year when it comes to the garden and my container gardening.  Life and business have been busy of late, which is great but, all of that has put me back a bit when it comes to the garden.  Luckily, a few weeks ago I found this really cool bright yellow-green planter at the Ocean State Job Lot.  I've been itching to fill it with herbs since I bought it and finally this week I have had the time to do it!

Keeping A Wedding Secret

I am sorry I was away most of last week but, I was on a secret wedding mission ;).


Styling an Iced Tea Station

Hi Guys!  Summer is finally here in Massachusetts.  I mean really here!  My car thermometer read 100 degrees yesterday.  Crazy!!  With the hot days of summer coming I thought it would be timely to share my decorated Iced Tea Station.  Hopefully, you will be having plenty of summer occasions where these ideas might be helpful :).



As old and ratty as this garden bench is, it is the starting point for my Iced Tea Station.  I don't think I've ever used it for gardening but, it works out very well for serving beverages, appetizers and desserts at parties and social gatherings.  Most of the time I use it as a decorative piece on my deck. (I know, it really isn't that pretty, is it?) One of these days I am going to repaint and re-stain the poor old thing.  I'm sure such care would do a world of good for it but, for today, my old garden bench is going to have to do, as is.

A Special Garden Dedication

Hello, Everyone!  I am finally online again and able to tell you about the touching and amazing day I was honored to be a tiny part of last week.  It was so very special and I am excited to share it with you.




My Happy Fourth of July Garden

**Hi Everyone!!  Sorry I was away last week.  As I quickly mentioned on Friday, I was without internet, TV and home phone last week.  Boy, you realize how much you need those things when you lose them!  Anyway, as I continue to work on my new post for this week, I wanted to share in Celebrate The USA Link Party 2017 and share my Fourth of July garden from summers past one more time.  I loved my side garden that year. It was so colorful and sooo red, white and blue!  I hope you don't mind going down memory lane again.  I guess this time around we will call it, "My Patriotic Garden."

So here we go....one more time →

Been Off the Grid

Hi, Everyone!  It doesn't look like I will be able to publish a post this week.  I have been without tv, landline phone and the internet for two full days!!!  Verizon is outside working on the problem right now but, I don't think I will have time to edit my post and get it published before the end of the day.  I had hoped to be able to share some of the experiences I have had this week and the special event I was honored to be a small part of but, it looks like that will have to wait until next week.  In the meantime, I hope you have a great weekend!



Adding Whimsy to a Somewhat Carefree Late Spring Garden



Hi Everyone!  Hope all is well.  I am in the midst of preparing for some special events that are coming up in the next few weeks so, I have been very busy with that. I hope to be sharing those journeys with you soon. However, whenever I have a moment AND it isn't raining (It's been raining all day today!) I try to work on my yard and flower beds. I must admit I have not gotten very far in that task but, I am plugging along.

Farewell to the Old Picnic Table and Pfaltzgraff Cape May Tablescape


Hi Everyone!  I hope you are having a good week.  The weather is finally getting better here in Massachusetts and I am looking forward to finally getting into the garden.  One thing that will be missing from my yard's landscape this summer, however, will be the old cedar picnic table that has been in the side yard for so many years I have lost count.  The poor thing has been on its last legs for years now but, it has been the backdrop for so many of my blog and business pictures that I am very sad to see it go.

A Tribute to Mom



Hey, Everyone!  It's almost Mother's Day and time to celebrate Mom!  I've been thinking about all that mothers and grandmothers mean to us and would like to give a little tribute to all you moms out there---Young and Old and Everyone in between!

A Gift Wreath and Natural Spring Vignettes



Before Easter I wanted to make my daughter, Amanda, a special gift as a thank you for having our whole family for Easter dinner.  In preparing the food items and miscellaneous things I was bringing for the holiday, I ran out of time to make my "special gift".  Little did I know I was coming down with the flu and it would be a few weeks before I would get back to making it in earnest.  However, I finally did start to get better and was able to work on it bit by bit.

Helpful Florist Wedding Tips and WeddingWire Vendor Booking Timeline

Hi Everyone!  Today I am excited to be sharing with you the new Vendor Booking Timeline from WeddingWire! It is a very informative graphic which helps brides and their families when it comes to planning that all important day.  It is easy to read and concise in its information, making it a handy tool for brides.  WeddingWire has just made the process that much easier!

Decorating the Front Porch with Spring Flowers

Hi Everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Easter with your friends and family this past weekend.  I did!  This time of year is just great, isn't it?  No matter how long or tough the winter has been, Spring is a welcome change from the cold and isolating weather of winter.  To celebrate this season change I desperately searched from nursery to nursery looking for pansies, tulips and whatever other spring flowers I could find.

A Springtime in Paris Open House Revisited

I started this blog a little more than three years ago, quite naively, with a post about the "Springtime in Paris Open House" I hosted at my home. I didn't know anything about blogging at that time.  Nothing!  I was encouraged to start a blog by my daughter and, somewhat on a lark, I began my blogging journey. My progress has been slow but, I continue to learn new things everyday and feel I am growing through the process, which is very gratifying to me.


I wanted to share this special (to me) Open House again with you because it was the kick-off to the start of launching my event planning/floral design business. I was a nervous wreck about putting myself out there and having to "sell myself", something that continues to be difficult for me to do.  But with a limited budget, I put everything I had into the Springtime in Paris Open House.  I wanted to make a good first impression for myself and my business.

Whimsical Easter Tablescape

Happy Friday, Everyone!  I have to say I really received some nice responses from last week's post with my Whimsical Fabric Flower Wreath.  That wreath has actually inspired my whole Easter tablescape this year. I am letting the colors of the wreath be my guide for color when it comes to my Easter dining table. It has been fun mixing so many normally taboo colors together.  Easter and Spring allow for whimsy I think,... or at least I hope so!



Making a Whimsical Fabric Flower Wreath

I am back from my mini-vacation to Florida that I took last week.  (I think I may have told you about it.)  It was great to get out of the cold and rainy/snowy weather of the Northeast and enjoy the sun for a few days!  We truly enjoyed our time in Naples but, unfortunately, it is back to real life again.  And, guess what!  They are forecasting snow yet again for tomorrow!!  Like I said, real life---smack in the face!

Oh well, as they say, "All good things must come to an end."  At least, I am back and can finish the craft I started before I left.

Floral Design Parade

I had planned on sharing a new craft I have been working on this week but, time got away from me and here we are at the end of the week and I am still not done!  Life sometimes gets in the way of our best laid plans~~in a good way, of course ;).  I hope to share the finished product next week.  Until then, I thought I would reminisce a bit and share some of my non-wedding floral designs from the past.


~Presenting the Floral Design Parade~ 

I purchased the flowers for this bouquet at Trader Joes.  I loved the colors together and wanted to play around with them in a bouquet.  It's so vibrant.  I like that :).

St. Patty's Day Green

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Everybody!!  I apologize in advance for the randomness of this post.  I am kind of all over the place with this one. I wanted to create a vignette of sorts for St. Patrick's Day and  found an assortment of floral containers in my house I thought would work well for a nice display.  However, I wasn't exactly sure how to incorporate all of them.  I had a brand new hanging plant holder, an old square emerald green vase, green flowers pots, little green goblets and a cabbage!  What should I do with all of this?!  I wasn't quite sure!

I own a curio-type bookshelf and thought it was a good place to start.  It can hold a lot of "stuff".  Slowly I placed and replaced all these items on the shelves until I began to be happy with how they looked.  As you can see the predominate color was green; all in honor of St. Patrick's Day. The miniature castle shown here isn't overly green but it seemed like something that would sit very naturally on the Irish countryside.  So, I determined it was OK to use.  My friend, Michelle, had given me the shamrock ornament after she had travelled to Ireland with her husband.  I just HAD to use that!  Turns out I liked it so much that I used it everywhere :).

St. Patrick's Day Favors


For some reason I don't usually do much in the way of celebrating St. Patrick's Day but, I was restless to find something springlike lately and discovered a recipe online for St. Patrick's Day Rice Krispie Treats.  It inspired me to create these favors.   You can find the recipe here.  I'll be showing you some of the steps I took to make the treats but, you will get the whole recipe on the above website.

A Beautiful March Day Spent "Working" in My Shed

Yesterday turned out to be a beautiful day even after some morning showers.  I had decided earlier in the week to participate in a #Thursdaytrays "contest" on Instagram.  I posted my entry this morning.


  My plan was to use a new tray I had recently purchased from Homegoods.  I had already used my other various trays many times on other projects so, it was time to try something new.  As I was thinking about the design, I realized I needed some flowers.  So, I ran out quickly to my local grocery store and hoped I could find something appropriate.  How lucky was I when I found these beautiful anemones?!  This store usually only has tulips, mums and roses...and the roses are usually not in the best of shape.  But, as it turned out, these lovely anemones became the basis of my whole design.  How can you go wrong with flowers like this?


Spring Mini "Terrariums"

 The last remnants of the big snowstorm we had a few weeks ago is finally melting from my North-facing front lawn.  This is the spot in my yard that takes forever to melt.  Truth be told, it really has been an easy winter but, when that last patch of snow finally melts away I can actually think that Spring is on its way!  With that encouraging thought, it was time to bring the hope of spring inside the house.  What better way to think of spring than to buy some daffodil and/or hyacinth plants?  These beauties were the inspiration for me to design my springtime mini terrariums.

I found cocktail glasses, blue pebbles and Spanish moss at the Dollar Store and the daffodils and hyacinths at Trader Joe's, the start of the necessary materials!

New Additions and Special Flower Favors

I took it easy last week blog-wise.  It was February vacation here in Massachusetts and although I do not have children in school anymore, I do have a daughter who is a school teacher.  Often February vacation gives us time to do the things we like to do together like shopping, going to lunch and consignment shop perusing; things she can't normally do during the week because of her teaching schedule.  However, this February vacation she began the week with a new addition to her family-- a new puppy!  Here she is~~~~~Lucy.  Isn't she adorable?!!  Lucy is half Springer Spaniel and half Poodle.  She is just the cutest thing!  Well, needless to say, Lucy took most of my daughter's time over the week and I really didn't see her as much as I usually do but, I TOTALLY understand :).  Who wouldn't want to spend all of their time with this cutie?!

A Three-Tiered Flower and Gem Arrangement




This three-tiered glass server became inspiration one day for me as it sat on the shelves in my kitchen.  I decided to play around with ideas to use it for a floral design.  It's winter.  Inspiration is a definite "must" at this time of year.

Milk and Cookies and More!


I purchased this mug last week on sort of a whim.  I am not a big mug person but, my husband is a big milk and cookies guy and I liked the saying printed on the mug.  So, I thought, "Why not?".  It was on clearance anyway!  I liked how the mug has a spot for your cookie too, although the slot is only for a small cookie.  It's more for a Chip-ahoy kind of cookie.

Anyway, there must be one to two feet of snow outside my window and this little mug got me to thinking about how mugs have such a partnership with comfort food and comfortable settings and how this partnership affects many of us in a very positive way.

Happy Valentine's Day 2017

I couldn't let Valentine's Day go by without wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day!  I have been off and running all day making Valentine deliveries to my loved ones and am just getting back home.  I hope you are having a wonderful day.



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When you have little ones in the family, this is what Valentine's Day looks like :)!!  Lots of stuffed animals and candy!  These guys were part of the delivery.  You can't really see the candy in this photo but, it's there!


Hearts and Flowers!

Happy Friday!  I am finally plowed out from yesterday's storm and enjoying the sunshine.  While housebound yesterday, I played around with decorating a few more areas of my home for Valentine's Day. Since this holiday is just around the corner and will be over soon, I hope you will indulge me this one last time and allow me to share a few more Valentine vignettes.


I had fun adding these Valentine conversation hearts to this wall hanging in my kitchen.  Don't conversation hearts just scream, "Valentine's Day!"?

Getting a Small Business Boost

Last week was a funny week for me.  An opportunity arose business-wise and ended up occupying most of my week.  I wasn't sure if it was blog-worthy or not and wasn't sure if I would be sharing the experience with all of you.  But, since blogging is about life and the life of the blogger, I decided  writing about it was OK.

 Of course, since I am from New England, I had other things on my mind last week, as well...that being the Super Bowl!!!   No bragging here but, the weekend turned out to be awesome!!  But, before this great thing happened...


From the Lowell Sun newspaper

Valentine Banners and More!

I have to say I like Valentine's Day and, it's not because of the flowers and chocolate, although those would be good reasons in and of themselves.  I like it because it is a "fun" holiday and any holiday that celebrates love has to be pretty good, don't you think?  I also like it because it comes at a fairly dreary time of the year and celebrating Valentines Day can be a bright spot in the middle of winter, if you allow it to be  :).

Part of my excitement for Valentine's Day involves the crafts and the decorations that go along with it.

The Pictures are in from Kiersten and Chris' Wedding!

Back in September I shared part of my experience of doing the flowers for the wedding of Kiersten and Chris.  If you would like to check out those stories, you can see them here and here.  It appears as though I never totally finished the story.  I meant to, of course, but while I was waiting for the professional photos to come in I think I lost track of time and totally forgot!! Since the professional photographs usually take quite a while to become available to people like me, you know--the florist, I thought it would be a while before I would be able to see them. Well, Kiersten contacted me well before Christmas with the link to her photos but, because of the Christmas season and all that had to do be done for the holidays, I never got around to looking at them until recently.  So....finally I am able to give you a grand tour of the day with professional photographs and all!!


Here are the bridesmaids as they lined up to proceed down the aisle.  I loved the colors Kiersten chose for her wedding.  I loved that she wanted the bouquets to be colorful and flowing.
Photo Credit:  George Street Photo

Winter Home Decor

January Beauty and Transitional Decorating

Soon after this photo was taken, these railing lights were removed and the deck was again dark at night but, there is a transition that comes after Christmas that has a beauty of its own. There is a relief that comes with the end of the busyness of the holidays and an appreciation of the simplicity of winter, both inside and outside of the home.


Remembering Some Beautiful Weddings

Most of last week I spent taking down my Christmas decorations.  It's a funny thing for me because I spend weeks putting them up and I am very sad when I have to take them down.  However, once I get going, it seems like the magic is gone and my decorations just don't fit anymore.  I guess it is just the calendar saying that it is time to move on :).

While I was taking down the decorations I started to think about all the couples who must have became engaged over the holidays.  That is how two of my children did it!  While I was thinking I thought it might be fun to go down memory lane with a few of the weddings I have had the pleasure of doing over the past few years.  Besides, aren't flowers considered uplifting, especially in the winter?!

So here are few floral designs from the weddings of Mitchell & Company Designs and Events' past:

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Keri and Phil's wedding was one of the most colorful weddings I have done to date.  What a joy to be able to work with so many beautiful and unique flowers.  As you can see, we used a plethora of blossoms and textures.  It was a true joy doing this wedding for so many reasons.  Keri and Phil were married in early September at the White Cliffs Country Club in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

There were purple and white hydrangeas, purple anemones, white and purple stock and white lisianthus, to name a few. 

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