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Babby’s Blooming Bash


My grandmother turned 80 this past weekend and some serious celebrating was in order! She is a true spring baby with her one true passion being a love of gardening. She has taught me everything I know about planting, flower arranging and herbs and so it was only fitting to celebrate this momentous occasion with a blooming bash. Personalized menu’s wrapped in twine and rosemary, gloriously lush centerpieces from Jardiniere Fine Flowers, floral themed “Love Libs,” gardening seeds as party favors and a flower crown for the birthday girl were among the highlights!

Love Lib Entry: ” If I could describe Babby as a flower she would be a beautiful Peonie that blooms in the springtime.” – Love Lynn

Love Lib Entry: “The first time I met Babby I thought she was the most lovely woman and I am blessed to have her in my life.”- Barbie











Bud Vases with Dyed Peonies

Dyed Peonies

Dyed Peonies

I have a big obsession with dying flowers at the moment and I just love how a trio of bud vases look, soooo, I decided to show you all how-to create a wonderful display of bud vases with dyed peonies! I bought these cute spice holders at World Market for around $10 and have had them displayed in my kitchen for god knows how long. Well, as I was dying my peonies, I thought wouldn’t those storage jars make for cute bud vases? Voila! Always look for new ways to use what you already have! You will be surprised at how many household items make for awesome vases. Maybe empty spice jars or candle holders? Now, lets get into the nitty gritty of this DIY Diva project!

How-To: Dyed Peonies

Blue Dyed Peonies

Blue Dyed Peonies

You are going to be shocked at how easy it is to make these dyed peonies! Simply, cut the stem in half up the middle and put the two sides in blue food dye with a couple drops of water. The stems will begin to suck up the blue food dye and about three hours later you will have your finished product.

Food Dye

Food Dye

Prop the flower upright with tape! Sometimes, I prop the flower up next to my toaster oven. It’s off of course! I like to use little plastic cups for the food dye that you can get at Smart and Final for super cheap! Food dye you can get at any market! 

Bud Vases

Spice Jars

Spice Jars

Take your containers and put one full flower in each. I like to set up the display in a straight line and use only one dyed flower so it really pops! Voila! You have a Cuteastic display of bud vases with dyed peonies! 


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4th of July BBQ Flower Arrangement

French Fry Holder Flower Arrangement

French Fry Holder Flower Arrangement

I am so obsessed with this flower arrangement for all your summer BBQ’s and think this is a perfect decorative item for your 4th of July parties! It is super cute and super easy to make! I found the french fry holder and wrappers at World Market. You can buy one online that is similar but not exact to the one I bought in the store. I suggest you find your way to World Market for your next party and get the checkered french fry paper. Its super cute and stands out!


Make a French Fry Holder Flower Arrangement for 4th of July

1- Take a bunch of Bells of Ireland  and purple Freesia flowers. About 6 Bells of Ireland and 5 Freesia!



2- Lay out the french fry wrapper so its diamond shaped and place the flowers at the top of one of the points.


3- Wrap the flowers making a cone shape and close with double sided tape!


4-  Place flower ends in a 3 oz plastic cup filled with water. Cover the cup with the end of the wrapping paper and insert the flower bundle in the french fry holder!

Cut the bottom

Cut the bottom



DIY Flower Napkin Rings

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DIY Diva’s rejoice! This Hostess Handbook project is super fun, cheap and too cute to boot! The DIY Flower Napkin Rings are a summer party must have! It will brighten up your table setting and allow for some pizzaz while using generic paper napkins! Let’s face it, we’re broke, we don’t have fabric napkins in our rat whole apartments. But we can still make the table settings look fab instead of drab!

Simply take 3 baking cups and ribbon to assemble these flowers!

Take the baking cup and fold it in half. Then, fold it again along the center line so it makes a cone shape. Next, cinch the cone at the bottom and fan out the second half to make it look like the folds of a flower.

Make another two flowers and put all three together, attaching them by tying the three together with the ribbon.

Finally, tie the flower around a paper napkin and your done!


Valentines Day Centerpiece

 Valentines Day Centerpiece

Candy hearts are a classic Valentines day treat and one that is perfect for decor! They actually seem to be creeping up everywhere. Even on chinese take out boxes! These mini boxes are available at World Market and make the perfect base for flower arrangements. Pair those boxes with some cute pink and white striped candles enclosed in a candy heart rectangle and you have wonderfully unique and romantic valentines day centerpiece!

First, cut a circle out of the top of the chinese take out boxes and secure the flaps with double sided tape! Place a shot glass in the box for 4 mini pink roses to sit in. Set them in the box so they are bursting out of the whole! You can add some greens to the center box to create some depth and texture and break up the flower design of the entire centerpiece! You don’t want all three box arrangements looking the same!

Then, place candles between the take out boxes in a line and finish it off with surrounding the candles and take out boxes with candy hearts! Super cute and so easy! The perfect Valentines Day centerpiece! Hostess Handbook tip: Get these candles at Rite Aid for $1.30!


Halloween Paper Flowers

Follow the folding instructions above with a piece of silver glitter wrapping paper. You can find this paper at Paper Source!







Who knew flowers could be so spooky? Today, I am bringing this article out of the archives because I love it so much and think these flowers are perfect for a Halloween dinner party! These Halloween paper flowers will take you back to your arts and crafts days! These flowers are super cute, easy to make and won’t break the bank. They also won’t die on you, which is a great thing for all my “black” thumbed hostesses.

These Halloween paper flowers make wonderful decorative items and unique place cards! Be prepared for your dinner guests to want to take their name cards home with them!

 The flowers featured above are made out of silver and spider web wrapping paper and stuck together by double-sided tape! They are super fun to make and will bring a kitschy twist to your Halloween gathering!

Flower Power Party DIY Projects

Sunday was another DIY Funday for The Hostess Handbook and Eventbrite at Rolling Greens! We met a great group of people at the DIY Flower Power event and we had such a blast! One of the favorites was the chinese take-out box arrangements which is a wonderfully unique centerpiece for the young, broke and fabulous! You don’t need a ton of flowers which cuts down on costs and the design is super fun and fresh!

Lets go back in the Archives for the original Tutorial on chinese take-out box centerpieces!

The main trick behind the chinese take-out box arrangement is cutting a circle out of the top of the closed container and putting a cup of water in the box at the opening for the flowers to sit in. After cutting the circle out, tape the flaps shut with double sided tape making sure it doesn’t show. Create the first level with three or four Carnations placed so they are sitting on top of the container. Then, get Bells of Ireland and put them in the center of the arrangement. The Bells of Ireland will give the arrangement wonderful height and texture!

Another DIY project we did at the party was “Flower Gift Wrapping.” One of my DIYers wanted to make a unique present for her friend and brought some fake flowers with her. We tore the arrangement apart in order to build our own designs with the individual flowers. Then, we attached the two gift boxes on an angel and started to decorate the wrapped present as if it were a cake! We used a glue gun to attach the flowers and double sided tape to attach the two gift boxes! This is a great idea for a friend who loves flowers and really shows that you put thought into their gift!

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Flower Power Party This Sunday


I am doing another DIY Party and I would love to see you all there! It’s such a fun girlie Sunday Funday!  I am always amazed at how creative my readers are and so enjoy crafting with you!

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Flower Power is back in a big way with this funky, fresh take on floral arranging. Party planning and lifestyle FUNmaker, Jessica Garvey, shows you how to make unique floral designs on a young, broke and fabulous budget! Gather at the Rolling Greens Nursery event space and learn how to make kitschy beer can vases with herbs, Chinese take-out box vases, and Carrot utensils for country chic bashes! 

Rolling Greens’ floral designers will also demonstrate quick and easy steps to creating beautiful one-of-a-kind fresh cut floral bouquets and mason jar arrangements. Create your own unique wildflower style bouquet perfect for gifting or entertaining and learn how to get the longest life out of your flowers.


7505 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Hosted By: Jess Garvey, Eventbrite and Rolling Greens

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Flower Power: Beer Can Arrangment

Spring is here! Remember these from the archives? Have to revisit this FABtastic design as BBQ’s start popping up! These Maui Bikini Blonde beer cans can double as fun vases! All you need are three Hibiscus flowers per can to make these unique arrangements. It is easy and inexpensive to make a couple of these beer can arrangements and spread them around the party area for some summer flair! They will undoubtably spark conversation among your guests and be an element to remember!

Egg Carton Flower Arrangement for Easter

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Egg Carton Flower Arrangement for Easter

After dyeing easter eggs, what does a girl do with the empty egg cartons? Make a flower arrangement! Obvi! This egg carton flower arrangement for easter is super cute, easy, cheap and unique! Add some moss and rose buds into the egg compartments in the carton and your done! Remember to cut the roses and place them inside the carton right before guests get to the party so the flowers don’t wilt.

The Hostess Handbook suggests you place the arrangement on a coffee table or the dining table as the centerpiece! So simple and too cute to boot!

Easter Flower Arrangement Idea

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Easter Flower Arrangement Idea


 Easter is a big time for entertaining and   many people opt for the already made flower arrangement that is way out of their budget but “sooooo pretty.” Well, I’m going to show you how you can make a FABtastic design that usually goes for around $80 for only $20! Now, thats young, broke and fabulous style!

 This design is really easy and  wonderful for a holiday centerpiece! Take a can or flower pot, green moss, yellow roses, gerber daises and ribbon. The roses will run you about $9 a dozen, Moss about $4, Gerber Daisy about $3 and Ribbon about $3! 

Tie a bunch of roses together with the yellow ribbon. Make sure you cute some stems about an inch shorter than the others to create some levels and depth! Either take flower foam (found at any flower shop and cheap) or paper towels to create a base for the “rose tree” to fit into so that the bunch stays upright and stable in the can! Wet the paper towels so the stems can absorb some water. Place the moss on top of the paper towels so it is covering the top of the can and spilling over the edges but does not fill the entire can. Put some additional roses at the bottom with a gerber daisy or other variety of flower to add some color and texture!

 Or leave simple with just the moss at the bottom.

Floral Ice Cubes

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Floral Ice Cubes

Spring is upon us and there is nothing that makes the Hostess Handbook happier than flowers springing up everywhere we look! For all of your spring time soirees, these floral ice cubes are the perfect touch to your chilling bucket. Most people do not want to eat the flower petals so the Hostess Handbook suggests using them as decor to chill some champagne or white wine on a warm spring night! So easy and too cute to boot! All you do is scatter flower petals in the water in ice trays and set to chill!

Country Chic Party Centerpiece Made out of Peach Can

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Country Chic Party Centerpiece Made out of Peach Can

This flower centerpiece which uses a peach can for a vase is a spectacular design for any country or garden party. It is such a simple and inexpensive design that you can rest easy on your budget!

All you need is $6.00 wax flowers and a $1 peach can from the .99cent store. God, I love that store!! Throw in some oranges (or lemons/limes), two tea light candles and some green moss for a complete look.

You can find green moss at any garden store. It is a Hostess Handbook MUST HAVE for your home as it can be used in so many ways to create a professional finish to any design.


Chinese New Year Take Out Box Flower Arrangement

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Chinese New Year Take Out Box Flower Arrangement

The Chinese New Year is next week and this take out box flower arrangement is a perfect party centerpiece. You could also put it on a buffet table and have the chopsticks on the plate below for people to take and eat with! A Chinese New Year party is super easy to throw and everyone loves the food. I suggest making it easy on yourself and ordering in a bunch of chinese food, use a bunch of these flower arrangements and have some beer and sake!

First, get a red take out box and cut a circular hole in the top. Make sure to put a small cup of water or vase inside the box for the flowers to rest in. Keep the flaps of the take out box down by taping them together with double sided tape.

Place red mini roses around the rim of the hole.

 Then add another level with three Calla Lilies and finish the design with two chop sticks! You can also cut and tape the chopstick wrapper on the take out box to add to the asian design and tie in the chopsticks on the plate!

Flower Power: Using a Kenzan Needle Point Holder/Frog

If you are going to get creative with flowers, you have to get a Kenzan Needle Point Holder commonly known as a “Frog”. You can make so many unique arrangements because this base allows you to fix the stems exactly where you want them without having a vase hold them in place. The Kenzan needle point holder is used in a lot of asian inspired floral designs and arrangements set in bowls.


This design takes the flower out of the water, so it must be made shortly before guests arrive so they don’t die during your party. Luckily it is super easy and takes no time. Did I mention it is cheaptastic too? This Kenzan needle holder is $6.99 and can be used for countless floral designs.

The only other items you need are water glasses and Lilies.Place the Lily in the middle of the “frog”base and cover the rest of the base with green leaves so the needles are not showing. Cover the Lily with a clear water glass that can be found in your own kitchen! Voila! You have glass enclosed Lily display. You can place a couple of these arrangements around the house or take three glass enclosed Lilies and use them as a centerpiece. Always use odd numbers in your centerpieces! Take the three Lilies and place them in a line in the center of the table from one head of the table to another. You can even add some tea light candles in between the glass enclosed Lilies! Such a unique flower arrangement and too cute to boot!


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