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

Luck O’ The Irish Party by Mark Addison

Show:  The Today Show
Date:  March 12, 2012
Guest:  Mark Addison

On the March 12 episode of the today show, entertaining expert Mark Addison was on to give some great ideas on throwing a great Shamrock Shindig with a “Luck O’ The Irish Party”.  (This party IS pretty Genius!)

This party combines four lucky Irish traditions for board-game like fun.

Tradition 1 – Blarney Stones

Blarney Stones

Blarney Stone Walkway

A walkway with cute Irish sayings leads your guests around the party.

 Tradition 2 – Wearing Green

gift bags

Green Gift Bags

Prepared gift bags for guests have green attire in them, like ribbons, hats and beads to wear.  Mark suggests a Leprechaun theme for guys and a Fairy theme for gals.

Tradition 3 – Four Leaf Clovers

Four Leaf Clover snacks

Four Leaf Clover Field

Next up is a “field” of four leaf clovers…. or at least treats that look like four lead clovers!  A wheatgrass field,  showcases treats like whoopee pies and green popcorn.

Tradition 4 – End of the Rainbow

Party Plate Rainbow

A Rainbow made out of party plates takes you…..

Pot o gold Bar

to a Pot O’ Gold Bar at the end of the Rainbow.

Lead your guests to the end of the rainbow where a Pot O’ Gold bar awaits them.  Lucky Irish Champagne cocktails made with elderflower liqueur (yum) Lucky Leprechaun cocktail with Midori and Malibu.

For more info and recipes, check out Mark’s website:



Elegant Family Entertaining

Show: The Nate Berkus Show
Date: February 24, 2012
Guest: Rachel Hollis

On the February 24th episode of the Nate Berkus show, Real Housewife of New Jersey, Teresa Giudice was on to share some of the recipes from her book, Fabulicious!   Afterwards, party planner Rachel Hollis was on to share some secrets for family-style entertaining.

Family Table

Rachel says the star of the show is the food, so make sure that looks great.

Tip 1 – Create an inexpensive guestbook out of linen. As guests come over, they can write something on the tablecloth with markers.
Tip 2 – To ensure the food remains the star of the show, make sure that your dinnerware is very basic. On her table she used plain white plates and platters.
Tip 3 – Try to mix up your food from the every day, In Rachel’s example, instead of serving plain noodles, she served noodle nests, just to give it some originality. She also had a “flight of meatballs” so everyone gets to try different types of meatballs.


A Flight of Meatballs

Tip 4 – As a conversation starter, create trivia cards for each person. Ask questions like where is the family originally from or what is grandma’s birthday. Rachel says this is interactive and great to teach kids about family history.
Tip 5 – Create a garland or centrepiece that goes with the event.  An example Rachel gives, is if your birthday dinner is for someone who is a voracious reader,  make a garland out of pages from old books.
Tip 6 – Put anything that can’t fit on a sideboard.  She likes to have a wine station, as well as some items to nibble on while guests are waiting for dinner to be ready.

If you are curious, you can get Teresa’s book

Rachel’s website is

See the video here: