Flower Magazine

JUL-AUG 2019

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 9 | 25 CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: Baskets of yellow roses, daffodils, and citrus mix cheerfully with similarly hued glasses and linens at a recent party. • After the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, McIlvaine noticed a heightened desire for lush floral arches of flowers. • A gigantic pineapple of sunflowers and palms. • Whether in New York or South Florida, Renny & Reed is the go-to for top-tier event design. PHOTOS BY (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) KRYSTAL ZASKEY, CHRISTIAN OTH, JOSE VILLA, AND CHRISTIAN OATH For more information, see Sources, page 86 I'm sure that wasn't the only story where Mother Nature played the role of the spoiler. Right. Once when we were setting up in the tent for the wedding of Warren Buffett's grandson near Omaha, we had to evacuate because baseball-sized hail was raining down from the sky. And I'll never forget smiling to a mother of the bride as she got her hair done in Greenwich [Connecticut] when she asked how everything was coming along at the Belle Haven Club. I told her it was beautiful. In reality, the police had just given evacuation notices as Hurricane Irene was approaching. We moved the dinner from a tent outside to the ballroom inside, the party was magical, and everyone got home safely before Hurricane Irene showed up. I'm exhausted just listening to all that! I think of challenges as a natural part of a big production. No time to panic. Stay calm and problem-solve. This is our entertaining issue, and since you're an entertaining expert, give us some insight. What do you think makes a party successful? It really is remembering the basics. Have lights on a dimmer, play great music, hand guests a drink as soon as they walk in the door, try to anticipate where people will have the best opportunity to talk. And candles. Candles everywhere!

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