Holiday Decorating Class
Several holiday floral bouquets are available for purchase with 20% of sales going to Robinson Gardens!
The Friends of Robinson Gardens were treated to a wonderfully festive holiday celebration with a tablescape demonstration by Corey of Sweet Pea’s Custom Floral and Ofelia of Studio Christofle. Stunning displays of beautiful holiday boxes created by Laureen Bozajian of Gift Box Wrapsody decorated the pool pavilion. Covered with shimmering ribbons, ornaments, flowers, lace, and velvet, these Christmas and Hanukkah boxes were for sale with 20% of the proceeds benefiting Robinson Gardens. Other items for sale included scented Rigaud candles along with elegant silver and crystal bowls and vases by Christofle.
“Always so helpful,” Education Chair Marian Power enthused, “Corey did an absolutely beautiful and stunning job with the flowers in the dining room display for the Virginia Robinson Estate 2015 Garden Tour.” Corey then showed us floral arrangements that we could “easily recreate at home.” On a red tablecloth, he placed red amaryllis in three silver vases with beaded rims in the center of the table. He then took three smaller silver vases and filled them with red roses. Corey showed us how to peel back the petals one by one to open each rose. The resulting glorious, velvety roses elicited many oohs and aahs. Other roses were then passed around, so that the group could practice the technique. Corey then added pepper berries, pine branches, and beautiful Christofle red crystal vases around the table.
Ofelia completed this tablescape with a place setting by Christofle. Explaining that the china and silverware should be placed 1 inch from the edge of the table, she showed us how one could use one’s thumb for this measurement. She also mixed two flatware patterns, (“Garden of Eden” and “Marly”) in one place setting, creating a more interesting and delightful presentation. Even the blade of the knife was decorated with a beautiful motif of interlaced leaves, flowers, and curls in the “Garden of Eden” pattern.
Corey also brought several holiday bouquets for sale. Marian explained that if you order any of these particular arrangements (see photos below) from Corey (310) 843-0255 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and you mention Robinson Gardens, 20% of the proceeds will benefit the Gardens. These arrangements are still available for purchase!
The group then enjoyed a delicious lunch of salmon, ravioli, brownies and gingerbread cookies with ginger cream, catered by The Kitchen for Exploring Foods. Thanks again to our fabulous chair Marian Power who always creates such wonderful events for us to enjoy!
Post by Linda Meadows
Friends of Robinson Gardens Member