A Party all Dressed in White

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Memorial Day is upon us.  It’s a time of reflection and thanks and the time to bring out the white.  In celebration of finally being able to wear white again, it’s really like my favorite color (even though it isn’t a color); I decided to throw a white party.  My dear friend Amara was kind enough to let the occasion serve as her birthday too.

 

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I took to a white theme like an artist with a blank canvas, only this canvas was going to stay white.  I hung huge decorations; high homemade white pom-poms dotted the trees and white lanterns stretched across the yard while large urns of hollyhocks dotted the landscape.  I used my arsenal of white sheets, blankets and shams to cover the furniture and created some small spaces for people to sit and get lost in the warmth and beauty of the day.

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The food was all made ahead of time so I could mingle with the guests and drink some bubbles myself, and celebrate the return of white.  Laid out were several white crostini, one with white beans and shallots, another with ricotta and honey and finally one with goat cheese and the palest of yellow plum tomatoes; the first from the back porch garden finally ripened and were ready to be devoured.

 

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We enjoyed white cheddar popcorn and a simple light cold pasta dish made with spicy arugula from the garden, succulent chicken and a dash of olive oil. This was served alongside a cheese trio to tantalize the taste buds, an apricot stilton, an Oregon blue and a local goat cheese pleased just about every palate.

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A dessert bar was set with white treats filling glass containers.  Partygoers enjoyed yogurt covered pretzels, pristine meringues, crisp blanc de blanc wafer cookies, white chocolate, mallows, and powdered donuts.

 

 

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Finally; the piece de la résistance, three layer lemon chiffon cake with homemade melon curd and cream frosting with tall thin candles that were blown out with dreams on breath.

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We drank bright white wine and crisp summer beer late into the night each toasting the birthday girl as the sun set and the lanterns glowed.

Celebrate in white at marcellaroses.com

Celebrate in white at marcellaroses.com

Celebrate in white at marcellaroses.com

Celebrate in white at marcellaroses.com

A White Party

To bright white celebrations all summer long!

Marcella Rose

 

DYI Flower Crown

 

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Every lady should feel like royalty.  This is a motto I try to live by.  Perhaps it’s the Peter Pan in me; continually attempting to find my way back to those days of imagination where I would lose hours, if not days, to a daydream.  That daydream, of course, was of being royalty.  Now it wasn’t always easy, I mean being royal requires a lot of responsibility; it’s not all high tea and bonbons. Though, those are appreciated and the marrow is sucked out of those moments when you happen upon them.  I am talking the hard facts of being a royal.  For example, perhaps you are trapped in an estate with an evil stepmother.  You must scrub the floors. You must please an unappeasable woman; there is manual labor to be done!   But oh the dreams that you have while scrubbing, the journeys you go on in your mind.  Perhaps you are trapped in a tower, your royal status only matched by your solitude.  Day in and day out you sing and dream of life out of the tower.  Or, what if you are made to sit next to your royal family, always being told how to act and what to do?  You long for the great big somewhere….being royal isn’t always easy!

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Those are the daydreams of my past.  Now, I am all about finding small royal moments in my every day; moments where I can disappear from the humdrum of life and escape for a minute or two.  Escape to a fantasy world of being royalty.  These are small moments, like when my husband brings me my morning meds and vitamins in one of my vintage eggcups every morning with a fresh cup of water and leaves it  on the nightstand for me when I wake for work; a royal moment indeed!  Or when the service at dinner is so top notch; one night, my sister’s boyfriend, Eric, waited on us it was like we were the most royal of royals.  Or when you change your sheets and turn down the bed yourself, hop in the shower and step out in a plush towel after a long day.  You look at that bed with some fresh cuts you arranged on the nightstand and even though you yourself did it all, this…this is a royal moment of the most high.

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Or when you make yourself a Flower Crown.  Never ever has there ever been a royal moment more pure and full of bliss than when wearing a flower crown.  I made one a few weeks back for a May Day party because, seriously, it isn’t a May Day party without a flower crown.  I mean am I right-or-am-I-right?!?

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So I implore you to grab some flowers and sit down and make one today.  Being Royal was never so easy or felt so good!

 

You will need:

16 gage wire

Floral tape

A long stretch of ribbon

Scissors

Wire cutters

Hot glue gun and glue

Flowers and greenery

Note: the hardier the flower the better the crown will hold up

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How to:

Cut a section of wire to fit across the crown of your head

Measure off 2 feet of your ribbon to trail from one end of the wire glue the wire to this point

Take the rest of the ribbon and begin to wrap around the wire until you get to the end

Measure off 2 more feet of ribbon to trail off at the other end of the wire

~You will use these ribbons to tie the crown to your desired measurements and will want a little extra to hang down the back after a bow is tied for whimsy you know

Now to the flowers!

Cut each flower or greenery leaving a 2 inch stem

Wrap the strong stems with the flower tape

Wrap the delicate stems with flower tape and a section if wire to give them more strength

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Now all of your flowers are prepped this saves time and helps creatively

Begin at one end of the wire

Wrap the first piece to the wire with floral tape facing the blooms toward the end of the wire

Let the first few blooms go past the end of the wire to cover the end of it up

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Continue to wrap flowers/greenery to the crown taking care to cut off and excess stems

This will keep your crown lighter

About three inches from the other end of the crown flip the directions of the flowers

This will cover your other end of the crown

Arrange on head and tie ribbon ends to achieve desired fit.

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Note you can make this crown up to a day ahead of time.  Simply spritz with water and keep in a fridge until needed.

 

I bow to you your majesty!

Marcella Rose

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