2009-03-06 / Columnists

The Diary Of A Green Thumb

Decorate for your Saint Patrick's Parade Party
Commentary By Danielle McShane Danielle's Rockaway Florist

DANIELLE McSHANE DANIELLE McSHANE Having a Saint Patrick's Day party this Saturday? With just a little effort and creativity, we can design some "talked about" flower arrangements for the celebration and spruce up the house with a festive bunch of flowers.

You may already have some interesting trinkets or containers that will help make the flowers even more special. Those old-fashioned glass beer mugs make a great container for your table centerpiece. Fill the glass with yellow marbles and add a handful of white carnations clustered tightly at the rim of the mug to look like foam pouring over the sides of the glass. Finish it off with some green and orange curling ribbon on the handle and sprinkle shamrock confetti on the table. This is a quick and inexpensive way to design an arrangement that is sure to grab some attention. They don't take up much room either so you can place a few of them throughout the living room and kitchen, or make three separate pieces for a long table in the dining room.

If you don't have a beer mug for your carnations, you can fill a traditional vase with a bouquet of green button pomps and white cushions. Tie the neck of the vase with a gold bowand you're all set. For a cleaner, more modern look - try a tall cylinder vase with a bunch of long thin grasses and a few stems of the "Bells of Ireland". You can mix it up a bit and add some orange gerbera daisies for color and contrast. Either way, having some fresh flowers on your table will add to the festivities. If your guests are spending the night, drop a few green flowers into a bud vase and leave it at the bedside table or in the guest bathroom. It is sometimes the little details that count!

Since Saint Patrick's Day is the week following the parade, you may want to grab a few shamrock plants as well. Just keep them watered, and put them out again for the 2nd celebration. You can place them in a tight line across a window sill, or nestle some between the dishes on a buffet table. You may even want to get enough small shamrock plants for your guests to take home. Display them for the party in a cluster shaped as a shamrock, and break away the individual plants for your guests to remember the great time they had! If the Saint Patrick's Day parade party is a tradition at your house, it would be a great idea to frame some pictures of last years party and place a few plants around the display. Gold sparkles on the table, or curls of foil garland will dress it up. It will be fun for your guests to reminisce of the great times they've had at the get-togethers of the past few years.

Before the parade, stop by the florist and pick up a bunch of green carnations and some corsage pins. Cut the stems short, and give them to your guests to pin on to their shirt or jacket. This is an inexpensive way to begin the celebration with your guests. Make sure to get a group picture though, so you can add it to the collection, and frame it for next year's party! It is important to remember that you would need carnations that have been sprayed green. Those that have been stem dyed may rub off on your clothing.

Of all the work it takes to have a successful party, it is important to remember that above all - have fun and be smart - your safety has to be number one! I hope you all have fun at the parade, and enjoy your guests, your food and your flowers! Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Feel free to visit us on the web at www.DaniellesRockawayFlorist.com, or in the shop at 436 Beach 129 Street. You can write to us with tips for our readers or your gardening questions.

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