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My DIY Bridal Bouquet

One of my favorite things about days off from work is that I get to spend time with Gavin during his ordinary work day. It’s super fun. Today, he had a photo shoot. But first, a very important box showed up at the door –

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It contained sixty-eight rolls of film! Gavin was really happy.

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Once I got back to the apartment with the flowers, I immediately got to work on constructing the bouquet.

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Milo was really excited about all of the flower-wrapping paper. (That’s him below making the expression he does when Gavin makes a loud seagull noise to get Milo to look at the camera.)

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Tah-dah!! (I made some minor substitutions based on availability: yellow daisies for all white, mini roses for regular roses and some white flower I don’t know the name of for another white flower I don’t know the name of.)

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I tried it with green berries…

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…and red. (I think I like the green ones better.)

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This bouquet is based on the one I really liked several months ago.

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And last but not least, since I needed some daisies for the bouquet, I used the extras for a couple of little table centerpiece arrangements. I threw in the berries and leaves for good measure.

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While I ‘m still quite enamored with the idea of planted centerpiece flowers versus cut, I think we would need double the amount for a fuller-looking setup.

Visit to the Flower District

I went to the flower district early this morning- well, not quite as early as 6am but early enough to catch the grumpy, non-creative commuters on my way over to West 28th street. I could be over-generalizing but it seems to me (based on those days when I have to head into work for a 9am meeting) that people who have to be at work by 10am are exponentially happier in the morning than those who have to be in at 9am, with the one exception of Wall Street commuters who need to be there even earlier. I do not envy them one bit.

Before embarking on my botanical excursion, I did some light research the day before to see if I could uncover any pertinent information. I found exactly what I was looking in a NY Times article, “Midtown’s Lush Passage“, NY Magazine, and the Daily News. I jotted down some addresses as a starting off point.

Shortly after I got down there (only a few stops away on the A train), I stepped eagerly into the jungle of Manhattan. I had only been to the flower district once in my life and had forgotten just how fun it is (if you’re into flowers, that is.)

I walked around almost every store but actually found flowers to take home from these stores:
– Fischer & Page, Ltd. (150 W. 28th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-645-4106)
H.U.P.S Flowers Corp. (108 W. 28th St., 212-807-7875)
United Wholesale Flowers (120 W. 28th St., 212-929-8264)

There were some really interesting tropical flowers but I was on a bouquet-only mission today. After selecting a few different flower bunches, I headed back home to make my trial bouquet.

Added bonus: Since I finished my Thank You cards the night before, I was able to get the into a mailbox before 10am (which means they will probably be delivered by Monday or Tuesday.)

The Annual “February Birthdays” Party

Since Mom had just recently put together Momma’s big party last month, I offered to host the February Birthdays party this month. It was my first real foray into a dinner party for more than six people (truth be told- for the one with four people, Gavin cooked; and the one with six people: we ordered Chinese.) This was also a glimpse into what the wedding might be like, minus a large chunk of people and the fact that I will be off cooking duty that day.

We had a meal of chicken piccatta, meatball in marinara sauce (thank you Trader Joe’s), sauteed string beans with buttered bread crumbs and the huge plate of ziti that mom brought along. Let’s not forget the enormous spread of wine and desserts, contributed by our guests.

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Joining in the festivities was Mom & Dad, Momma, Jim & Katie, Kris & Amy, Aunt Joan & Uncle Tom, Mary Jane & Don, Caitlin, Mollie and, of course, Gavin. It was so nice to have everyone over (and to finally have an apartment that fits more than 10 people in one room.) I kind of sequestered myself in the kitchen in the beginning but, after the food was done, I was able to kick back and enjoy the party. I took zero photos because I was so caught up in conversations, as was everyone. Needless to say, a good time was had by all.

After most people left, my mom got to work at putting together some table arrangements. There were some very elaborate table settings to look at. (We used some of the plates I’ve been collecting for context.) Everyone had an opinion, of course, but the one Gavin and I liked the best was the most simple: vintage-inspired milk containers from JoAnn’s (or Michael’s?)

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Huge thanks to Aunt Joan for (unknowingly) providing the flowers we used for this table arrangement exercise. They are actually the same type of flowers (daisies!) I was thinking of having at the reception (and/or bouquets.) Voila!

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Some more “after hours” fun included Jim and Kris playing legos with a new iPhone game they had discovered.

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And Kris and Amy practiced some of the important lessons we taught them from Pre-Cana class.