Camille of Camille Styles is one of the loveliest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet, and she hosts some of the loveliest get togethers. A few weeks ago, she invited a group of her creative friends over for “Food & Flowers,” and the whole thing is such wonderful inspiration for a bridal shower. Says Camille:
Every girl I know loves gorgeous flowers, but most of my friends (and myself) don’t always know just what to do with our blooms when we get them home from the market. I thought it would be a such a blast to gather a group of friends to learn a few tips for making beautiful arrangements in a completely un-intimidating environment. Of course, the flowers at the farmers market can’t overshadow the equally-vibrant fruits and vegetables at this time of year, so I decided to make this party a total celebration of seasonal food and flowers.
I covered my dining table in butcher paper, and added a romantic floral runner for lunch; the runner was easily removed after we ate, leaving us with the perfect workspace for our “flower school.”
The charming cake was inspired by Saveur’s strawberry cake, and this post on Seven Spoons. After a lunch of seasonally inspired dishes, Ash Bailey from The Byrd Collective instructed the ladies in the art of flower arranging. She provided each guest with an apron, vintage milk glass vase, and pruning shears. Says Ash:
I wanted to use this class as an opportunity to show students not be afraid of the flowers, but to have fun with them. I believe that everyone should put together the colors and textures that capture her own attention, creating a unique canvas that eventually becomes an arrangement. No need for a floral “recipe” for this class – each student simply added the amount of garden roses, dahlias, sweet peas, scented geranium, astilbe, moss and even seasonal fruit that felt right to her. I supplied the most beautiful flowers I could get my hands on during this season. “Earth laughs in flowers,” as Ralph Waldo Emerson says, and that’s how I see it, too. Flowers are joyous, and I love teaching my creative students to be calm and enjoy the sheer luxury of holding a flower in her hands, transforming it into a gorgeous arrangement.
Wouldn’t this make for a fun bridal shower?! Camille sums up the party perfectly, “The whole day was truly a feast for the senses, full of wonderful fragrances, mouthwatering tastes and all-around beauty. And each girl loved getting to take her unique creation to enjoy at home!” Thank you Camille! Also, can we talk about how delicious that raspberry pistachio cake looks? Lucky for us, Camille is sharing the recipe today over on her blog, so be sure to take a look!
Yellow and Red Watermelon Skewers with Pure Luck Feta // Asparagus with Olive Oil Sabayon and Radish // Oka Potato Salad with Fennel, Castelvetrano Olives, and Citrus Vinaigrette // Salmon Tartare on Avocado Toast with Chile Oil // Raspberry and Pistachio Cake with Mascarpone Icing // Strawberry and Rose-Infused Sorbet
Photography: Melanie Grizzel, She-n-He / Concept, design, styling: Camille Styles / Floral design and instruction: Ash Bailey, The Byrd Collective / Catering: Any Style Catering / Invitations: Byrd & Bleeker / Fabric pom favors: Emersonmade