Sunday, February 22, 2009
What I learned from Christopher Lowell
That all Four Seasons hotels nationwide have a signature round table in the lobby dressed with five to eight of the same type of vase in different heights and sizes and filled with monochromatic bundles of one to three different types of flowers (mostly high-end – think orchids, calla lilies, etc.). Scroll down to see the pictures of my lunch at Bourbon Steak for an idea of the look. Why am I telling you this? Because this is an idea to steal! Every time I walk into the Four Seasons I am blown away by the impact of this simple arrangement.
Here’s how to create the look for your event: set a round table at the entrance of your reception space (preferably, an existing table that does not need a tablecloth) with five to ten vases of the same style (don’t limit yourself to glass or round vases only, although, both look great). See Christopher Lowell’s Work That Room episode Blended Spaces on Fine Living TV for how to arrange the flowers. For the guest tables, choose the lowest height and a wider (but not too wide) width of the same vase, fill it with river rocks, add a little water and one bloom from any of the flowers on the main table, surround it with votives, and voila! This is a relatively inexpensive way to make a big impact if you’re creative enough to arrange flowers yourself and resourceful enough to get your hands on the right vases at a fraction of the retail price.