Guest Blog - 7 Tips on How to Style your Party with Flowers

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Let us introduce you to a very wonderful florist - Chloe Dorling and her florist studio The Oak & The Owl based in Ockley, Surrey. She's been our 'go-to' for all things floral ever since we launched Aubeterre Blue but especially for our photo shoots, this gal can style. Apart from being talented she's also an extremely lovely lady. She's recently styled her own 30th party, so we persuaded her to show us her snaps of this amazing event and share some of her fav tips for styling a party too!

At the beginning of February I turned 30… given that I run my own florist studio, there just had to be flowers and plenty of them for my very own (not so understated) celebration. 

As this was my opportunity to style an event with myself as the client it had to be based on my all time favourite style which is flower heavy and rich ruby tones with hints of gold. Luxurious and Opulent.

The venue was a beautiful room at The Old House Pub in quaint Dorking, Surrey. 

It’s a fabulous space which gets your guests to enter the function space through an inconspicuous magical wardrobe in the corner of the pub. Think Chronicals of Narnia. When you step through it then brings you into what looks like an old library come Gentleman's smoking room.

The Old House Pub, Dorking, SurreyThe Old House Pub, Dorking, Surrey

Chloe's 7 Top Tips for Styling your Party...

1. Fill your function room with tea-lights and glass hurricane lamps with gold candles to create pockets of light. This gives a real Hygge effect to any dark room which are easily transformed with the use of candles.

2. Glass cloches and filled them with Galaxy String lights {which I purchased from Aubeterre Blue} an artificial light which complements the candles and are useful in areas of the room where candles might not be suitable. These were a real talking point among my guests and such a simple way to create a statement.

3. A good fire surround makes me weak at the knees, my mind went into over drive with all the ideas I had. The first thing which offen comes to mind was a traditional “long & low” arrangement but that was too easy and seen all too often. Instead try a large wreath, these are not just for Christmas in my opinion, so I filled this one with some of my favourite flowers. 

An alternative to this is to make it up with foraged foliage with string lights entwined to make a natural talking point. I also recommend bringing the candle light along the mantle piece along with some fresh pears which I sprayed gold, very effective and simple to do if you want a bit of quirkiness.

4. The round tables just needed a small arrangement in bashed brass pots to bring the gold theme through. If you want a pared back theme you could fill glass jars with eucalyptus which is easily sourced by your local florist and bang on trend.

5. Along the beam I love hanging gold hoops with olive foliage attached, everyone loved this idea. Really easy to make and also look fab against a plain white wall in various sizes… have a go, they are great fun!

The Cake - Icing On The Cake

6. The cake – OH MY GOODNESS. I love working with the talented Danni from Icing On The Cake. It had actual real gold leafing on it and tasted divine. I simply added a few select flower heads… in this case with the flowers less is definitely more (not a saying I use too often!)

7. Look at the details your unique room has to offer. This location had an antique gramophone which didn’t escape getting glammed up either. 

Its all about looking at the details and thinking of how to incorporate flowers, you do need to get your creative juices flowing to style a party so I highly recommend writing ideas in a note pad as a starting point and getting onto good old Pinterest. 

Good luck with your next event and have most importantly, have fun with it.

Chloe x

The Oak & The Owl

P.S. A special thanks to the wildly talented Andrea Sarlo for taking the amazing photos.

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