Archives for May 2012

DIY Floral Arrangements from Matthew Robbins on the Today Show

Show:  The Today Show
Date:  May 24, 2012
Guest:  Matthew Robbins


Floral trends for summer, ready for summer events you are planning. Celebrity Event Designer Matthew Robbins was on the May 24 episode of the Today show with some creative examples of tabletop flower arrangements you can make at home, without having to fork out lots of cash at the florist.

One of Robbins’ tips to make flowers more practical, and not just something you have for special occasions, is to play around with them in your home.  Its a great way to play around with colours, without having to commit!   He also says its a good way to celebrate the season.  I totally agree, I always get some tulips or daffodils in spring, and love rich coloured bouquets in fall.


The first trend he talks about is colour blocking.  He pairs strong coloured groups of flowers, in a strong coloured container.

Foliage Focused

The next is the focus on foliage, as opposed to flowers.  Lots of mixing up of ferns, succulents, berries and seedpods. His suggestion was to use white boxes or brown paper bags (covering jar holders) to add a touch of ‘rustic whimsy’.  You can embellish them with ribbons, stamps, or decorate/wrapping paper.

Farm to Table

His last trend to share was farm to table.  This is for people concerned with local resources and sustainability  (being green!).  So just like people should look for fruits and veggies sourced locally, you can also try to do this with your flowers.  So choose flowers in season. I loved the urns they used in this section.


Matthew Robbins’ book is called Inspired Weddings: Designing Your Big Day with Favorite Objects and Family Treasures

Katie Lee’s Garden Party on the Nate Berkus Show

Show:  The Nate Berkus Show
Date:  May 9, 2012
Guest:  Katie Lee


On the May 9th episode of the Nate Berkus Show,  chef Katie Lee brought some recipes for throwing a garden party.   She stated she loves throwing garden parties because you don’t have to worry about getting a location decorated, since it pretty much already is!  Just provide some twinkle lights or paper lanterns, and you’re good to go!

Her Menu:

No Bake Lemon Pie?!

Caramelized Vidalia Onion Dip With Homemade Potato Chips
Curried Chicken Salad in Pitas
Tomato Sandwiches
Shrimp Salad Sandwiches
Bibb Lettuce Salad with Avocado, Grapefruit, and Toasted Almonds
Passion Fruit Mojitos (Sounds soooo yummy!)
Frozen Lemon Cream Pie

 For the recipes, you can visit Nate’s website: