Happy Tips & Trends Tuesday! The photo featured was taken by Erin Little Photography.
Tip: Up Your Tablescapes
Different plants, flowers, candles at varied heights, even antique cake stands and other details add visual interest to tablescapes at your reception. Consider the look and theme of your event, from linens to flowers. Betsy Scott of Flower Kiosk in Portsmouth, NH, has used potted ferns, moss, flowers, even small log, to create a woodland-themed setting. She also likes to incorporate sentimental pieces like antique silver of mercury glass. Judy Bourgeois of FloralFauna Designs in Brunswick, ME, uses fruits and vegetables, including pomegranates, grapes and kiwis to add color. “I’ve even cut artichokes, stuck table numbers in the top and made the place holders,” she says.
Trend: Locally Sourced Foods And Florals/Plants
Supporting local growers and business acknowledges your community and reflects social values. Black Tie Co. discusses local food options with clients and credits growers in table signage. As for flowers, there are numerous small farms throughout northern New England that can accommodate requests. “80% of my clients ask for locally grown flowers,” says Judy Bourgeois. But you may not be able to find your favorites year-round. “You have to be flexible with colors and the type of flowers depending on the time of year,” she says.
Tip: Consider Dietary Needs And Food Allergies
With increased dietary restrictions and food allergies, it’s wise to have gluten-free and vegan dining options available. Caterers are accustomed to accommodating for gluten allergies and lactose intolerance. “We always ask,” says Chris Weber of BlackTie Co. of Portland, ME. She often offers vegan options too. Jenny Williamson adjusts wedding cake recipes for allergies and gluten-free preferences. “I alter recipes as needed,” she says.