Create a flower-filled table to celebrate Mother’s Day. You’ll find flower arranging tools and longevity tips to create an arrangement using grocery store flowers and centerpiece for a spring table. You’ll also find the perfect celebratory cocktail for a spring brunch and to raise a glass to ‘Moms’, a Strawberry Bellini!
It’s one of my favorite days of the month, when I join my blogging friends
for some flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms!
We’re excited to welcome Jennifer at Celebrating Everyday Life
as a guest ‘bloomer’ today.
If you haven’t met Jennifer yet, let me introduce her. She is talented writer, photographer, designer,
and podcaster and was an event planner for more than 20 years.
Her work has been featured in magazines and websites including Southern Living,
Martha Stewart Weddings.com, Country Living, Southern Lady and The Knot, among others.
You can find the links to my blogging friends’ floral
and table inspiration at the bottom of this post.
Our common theme for May’s edition of
Monday Morning Blooms was ‘Mother’s Day’.
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To create my flower arrangement, I started with a white tureen (used for flowers more often than soup ;)
and a favorite flower arranging tool, chicken wire.
Chicken wire makes it easy to support your flower stems and is reusable,
making it an eco-friendly alternative to wet flower foam.
Cut your chicken wire at least 4 inches wider than the opening of your container,
so you have some excess wire to bend and hold against the walls of your vase or container.
I like to use a coated / painted chicken wire which is rust-resistant after repeated uses.
I purchased a white painted chicken wire several years ago, which has since tripled in price,
but this green coated wire is available and the color would blend with your flower stems.
If needed, you can use waterproof floral tape across the opening of your container
to keep the chicken wire from lifting as your arrange your flowers.
I used an assortment of grocery store blooms for my floral arrangement. . .
Charmelia, hydrangeas and tulips.
I started with the Charmelia as a base of the arrangement.
‘Charmelia’ means “charming beauty,” and is a relatively new introduction to the flower market.
It has up to 20 blooms per stem and a long-lasting vase life, with
the added bonus that it doesn’t drop its flowers!
The leaves of Charmelia remain a vivid green for an extended length of time,
so it serves as foliage and flowers in the arrangement.
Next I tucked in four hydrangeas, two blue and two white,
shifting the Charmelia so the hydrangeas fit in the sides of the arrangement.
It’s always a race in the spring see who can get to the tender new growth
on the Hosta in the garden first, me or the bunnies! 🐰🐰🐰
I was happy to find they hadn’t decimated the Hosta patch
and cut a few leaves to add to the arrangement.
When arranging tulips, remove the outer leaf or any leaves that are tattered and wilted.
Vase life for cut tulips is 3-10 days, depending on variety, care and maturity.
Here are few tips to help extend the life of your flowers in your arrangement:
Cut your flower stems at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake and
remove any leaves below the water line.
Always add floral preservative packets to your vase water.
If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.
Check your water level to top it off as needed; hydrangeas in particular are thirsty flowers.
Change your water every other day if possible, to reduce bacteria and extend your flowers’ vase life.
This is a Pubic Service Announcement for your flower arrangements:
To get the most bang for your buck and vase life from your flowers, use
Crowning Glory, an anti-transpirant spray that seals in moisture!
It dries clear and is safe to use on all flower types, especially beneficial
for flowers that are prone to wilting due to moisture loss, like hydrangeas.
I’ve had flower arrangements last two weeks using Crowning Glory!
Note: You still want to change your water to reduce bacterial growth and so there is no odor from your vase water.
Crowning Glory will dry within 30 minutes to an hour, depending the temperature and humidity.
Note: Wait to spray roses with Crowning Gloray after they are open
as it will prohibit them from opening further.
Here’s a fun fact about tulips that you may or may not know:
Cut tulips continue to grow in the vase and will gain an inch or more in height after being cut!
Tulips are both geotropic (bend with gravity) and phototropic (reach toward light).
The photo above was taken two days later than the one above it.
A favorite spring floral tablecloth provides a foundation for a flower-filled table.
Matching napkins and floral napkin rings provide more blooms. . .
As well as rose chintz salad plates,
layered on MIkasa Endearment dinner plates.
Mix up a celebratory cocktail in honor of Mom, sisters, girlfriends
or yourself for Mother’s Day. . .a Strawberry Bellini, a perfect
spring cocktail for brunch, a bridal shower or strawberry season!
These pretty (and fragile!) stems were my dear mother-in-law,
Betty’s, wedding crystal pattern, circa 1950.
( Lakeside Table with Portmeirion Botanic Garden and Blooming Photo Frames for Mother’s Day )
Betty was the life of the party and my hubby and I have lots of happy memories
of enjoying a celebratory Mimosa or Bellini
with her on Mother’s Day and on birthdays. ♥
If you’re not familiar with a Bellini, it’s made with peach pureé and Prosecco,
invented in 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani,
founder and barman of the legendary Harry’s Bar in Venice.
Mix up a strawberry version in celebration of spring!
You can use frozen strawberries for the convenience if you prefer
and the sparkling wine of your choice.
Make your strawberry purée mixture a day in advance and store in the refrigerator
until ready to serve.
Makes 4 servings
1/2 cup Simple syrup
16 oz. (1 pint) strawberries, fresh or use frozen, thawed
Strawberries, Violas and Mint Sprig to garnish glass, if desired
1 bottle sparkling wine of choice: Prosecco, Sparkling Rosé, Cava or Champagne
To make simple syrup:
Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a small saucepan
and heat over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
Transfer to a container and allow to cool completely. Store in refrigerator.
Purée strawberries with 1/2 cup of simple syrup in blender until smooth.
Strain through a fine-meshed strainer; discarding seeds.
For each serving, fill Champagne flute or glass 1/4 full of purée
(2 to 6 tablespoons depending on preference and size of glass).
Slowly pour sparkling wine into the flute to fill. Gently stir to blend.
Garnish with the whole berries, and organic viola if desired, and serve.
Raise a glass to toast and celebrate ‘Moms’ everywhere!
🥂 🍓 🍾
Tablecloth, Napkins / Ralph Lauren Antibes Floral Red, HomeGoods
Dinner Plates, Cups & Saucers / Mikasa Endearment
Salad Plates / Gracie China Rose Chintz
Floral Napkin Rings / Consignment store
Crystal Stems / Danish Princess by Heisey, 1939 – 1957
Tureen / Mikasa Antique White
Flatware / Mikasa Cameo Gold
- fine mesh strainer
- 1/2 cup Simple Syrup
- 16 oz. (1 pint) Strawberries fresh or use frozen, thawed
- 1 bottle Sparkling wine of choice Prosecco, Sparkling Rosé, Cava or Champagne
- Strawberries, violas, mint sprigs to garnish glass optional
- Puree strawberries with 1/2 cup of simple syrup in blender until smooth. Strain through a fine-meshed strainer, discarding seeds.
- For each serving, fill Champagne flute or glass 1/4 full of purée (2 to 6 tablespoons, depending on preference and size of glass). Slowly pour Prosecco/Sparkling wine into flute to fill. Gently stir to blend. Garnish with the whole berries, and organic edible flower, such a viola or nasturtium if desired.
To make simple syrup:
- Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a small saucepan and heat over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
- Transfer to a container and allow to cool completely.
- Strawberry purée can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate until ready to mix.
- May substitute fresh or frozen peaches for strawberries.
- If garnishing with violas or edible flowers, use only ones that have not been sprayed or treated with chemicals.
Visit my talented friends and table stylists to see their floral inspiration this week:
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse
Pam at Everyday Living
Jennifer at Celebrating Everyday Life
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BEAUTIFUL post!!! I printed your Bellini recipe…thank you for sharing!!!
Good morning, Mary. Your flower-filled table is gorgeous and any mother would feel celebrated and honored to sit at your table. The arrangement of charmelia. hydrangeas, and tulips in your white tureen is beautiful. The RL floral tablecloth and napkins are perfect for spring and Mother’s Day. Mikasa Endearment is a charming pattern that mixes beautiful with the Gracie salad plates. Those Heisey crystal stems are so pretty and I am sure very special. They show off the strawberry bellini perfectly. On our last trip to Venice, the iconic Harry’s Bar was a must see. It was morning and they were not opened, but it was a good photo opportunity. It is always a pleasure to join you for Monday Morning Blooms.
Happy May 💛
Aaaand, we’re off…those strawberry bellinis are a winner!! franki
Oh my goodness, Mary! I just love this table. Chintzware is a favorite china style of mine and these plates, napkin ring and linens are so quintessential!! I love your flower arranging tips too… chicken wire is so handy!! We have some hostas growing out front and I keep checking on them hoping the deer and bunnies haven’t gotten to them yet. Since I can’t bring any live plants inside due to our cats, I’m becoming quite protective over the outdoor ones!!! Hopefully once my new studio is finished I’ll be able to have fresh flowers over there since the cats won’t visit there – at least not often!! LOL. As always, you are such an inspiration!! Thank you again for allowing me to join you and celebrate Mother’s Day this month!! What a JOY!! Sending hugs ~ Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life
Your profusion of flowers is beautiful Mary and so perfect for Mother’s Day! I’m not familiar with Charmelia, it’s such a lovely combo of blooms and greenery. I love your fearless pattern mix, and a Strawberry Bellini sounds like a delightful cocktail! Lovely memories of your MIL, I know her crystal glasses are very special to you. The is such a lovely way to kick off May!
That floral arrangement is a winning beauty, Mary. Just love you for your care in showing us the
“how to’s” I always learn something new each visit…. Such a lovely Mothers Day tribute.
Such a well-coordinated and beautifully done table, Mary! I would love to be sitting there admiring it all in person and sharing a strawberry bellini or two with you! Your mil was a real beauty, very striking features (reminds me of Jackie O). Happy May!
Good morning, Mary, and Happy May! Your table is gorgeous, what Mom wouldn’t feel loved sitting at your table?! Your table is the very essence of spring, and lovely long garden days. The arrangement of hydrangeas, tulips and charmelia in your tureen is just beautiful. Your treasured glasses are perfect for the delicious looking strawberry bellinis! It’s always a joy to join you for our Monday Morning Blooms flower therapy.
Mary, What an amazing and beautiful plate stack and urn of lovely flowers.I love the hostas tucked in. Your bellinis look beautiful with the strawberries and violas. Your MIL’s crystal goblets from the 50s warm my heart. There is nothing better than vintage crystal and especially family pieces!
I do love the wedding portrait of your “Betty”. My mother-in- law’s name was Betty also. The way you framed her portrait is gorgeous and very special.
Your posts are full of great tips and tutorial photos. I bought some coated chicken wire years ago and I can not find it. You are so right about the common chicken wire it does rust quickly. Thanks for a lovely post.
Mary, your flower arranging tips are so helpful and I so enjoy seeing your arrangements come to life! I definitely have to look for some Charmelia. Your grocery store sells much prettier flowers than mine does. Happy May! 🌸💐💕
Love it all!… Especially that Bellini! 🍾
Thank you for the recipes and beautiful eye candy, Mary!
I wish I had a 10th of your talent! Love all you do!
Happy Mayday Mary. Your Mother’s Day tablescape and strawberry Bellinis are wonderful. We enjoy bubbly every Sunday. I like to change it up a bit by having Bellinis. Your mil’s Heisey crystal stems are gorgeous. How special to have them and actually use them. Love the Mikasa Endearment plates along with the Gracie salad plates. The blooms are lovely in the soup tureen. Your flower arranging tips are always welcomed.
Mary, Your table is beautiful! Love the centerpiece! It’s wonderful to have in laws you love and enjoy being with. I, too, was blessed with a great set of in laws. There are so many wonderful memories during this time of year when celebrating memories of our mothers and mils. Enjoy your week! Clara❤️
Happy May Day, Mary! I’ve never had a strawberry Bellini but plan to make these. Thanks for sharing!
Your flowers are lovely. I love tulips for the very reason they grow and change. It’s fun to watch their daily antics. Every detail of your table delights, but that is a given with all you do. Thanks for sharing the beauty and the excellent tips.
Always love your fun facts and fabulous floral photography, its always a treat to visit, thanks for all the hard work you faithfully share!
Happy May, Mary! Your arrangement is beautiful on that floral tablecloth. Of course, I always admire your Endearment plates and how pretty they look with the Gracie’s luncheon plates on top. I’d love to sit and share a strawberry Bellini in those treasured stemwares with you and hear stories of your beautiful mil Betty. ❤️💐❤️
Mary Your settings are gorgeous. Love those Chintz salad plates. The tulips are a mix of colors that we have never seen before. Of course the entire flower bouquets are pretty and lovely. Thank you for sharing
Marilyn,Joan and Marion
Floral linens, chintz dinnerware, exquisite stemware from Betty and the beautiful flower arrangement would make any mom being celebrated feel so very special! Then to top it off with a toast to Mother’s Day is the best!!! Have a most wonderful Week and Cinco de Mayo ahead!
Beautiful table Mary! The flower arrangement is gorgeous and I love the chintz salad plates. Your linens are so pretty and the bellini sounds absolutely delicious. I’m sure any mom would be delighted to have a place at your table!
Oh Mary, your flowers are gorgeous, and your table setting is absolutely stunning! Your mother in laws delicate glassware is so pretty, and you used my favorite table linens. Thanks for the cocktail recipe. I’m going to have a brunch for my mom and mother in law next Sunday. This will definitely be on the menu. Happy Sunday, sweet friend!
I’m sorry, but there’s a typo on the “This is a Pubic Service Announcement for your flower arrangements” Please correct!!