by Kalin Sheick
Tis the season for outdoor BBQ's and impromptu gatherings.
If you're anything like me, your 'quiet Sundays at home' typically involve inviting at least a few people over for grilling on the deck and summer time fun. My #1 entertaining tip is 'don't sweat it.'
Creating an inviting and special space doesn't have to involve much effort or high costs, whatever is growing around your yard will make the perfect addition. When it comes to containers, get creative. For our Memorial Day party I used my watering can as a centerpiece on the buffet, and on the bar, I took an old bucket I found in our garage and set it in the corner with some candles around it.
Remember that height makes all the difference on something like a bar - we just use a card table so adding the tall bucket with blooms brought some varying eye level goodness for people to enjoy.
If you look closely, I piled up freaking rocks to put the candles on different levels, someone at the party said 'where did you buy those cool coasters for the candles?' Again my friends, just work with what's around.
As the summer moves on, I will surely be clipping whatever we've got here around the farm and calling it a centerpiece. Even when blooms aren't abundant, get creative with tree branches! Remember that everything can hold in water for the length of a party and flowers make everything feel more special. :)
Insider tip: if you're cutting something with a woody stem (lilacs, flowering branches, etc, use your snips to cut horizontally and then make two cuts vertically so you have four quadrants of the stem - what you cut will then take on as much water as possible and remain fresh.
Enjoy the summer on the deck, don't sweat it! I've learned that my yard & garden will never ever look magazine worthy, but when I add a special touch to the table it makes all our guests feel more welcome.
Kalin Sheick is the owner and lead designer for Stems & Sprigs, a boutique floral design company that loves Northern Michigan. Stems & Sprigs specializes in garden inspired, natural designs with a touch of whimsy. When she's not floralizing for events, Kalin is spending time with her family on the lake, exploring the outdoors with her 'wolf pack' (husband and dog), and hosting dinner parties for friends. You can follow along on her Northern Michigan adventures by joining her tribe on the Stems & Sprigs blog, or following them on Instagram.