Winter Event Designs for Corporate Parties and Weddings

Winter Event Designs for Corporate Parties and Weddings

Did someone say Christmas in July?  Everywhere we turn it seems to be a running theme this month.   So we thought why not continue with this universal theme and start talking about Winter event designs for your next function. 

I know I know its crazy to think about the winter now when we are only halfway through summer.  But, there are so many of you getting married in the winter or gearing up for a holiday party we thought let’s dive into some cooler themes this month!  Maybe it will take us away from the heat for a little bit.

So where should we begin???


Garlands have been huge this year and using banquet style tables or harvest tables can add a different design element to your event.  Think of winter greens spreading down the table with candles and flowers sitting among the greens.  You can even incorporate some wood elements either logs or birch rounds to prop up candles or bud vases with flowers to bring in some dimension to the table.

winter garland 2 Winter Garland

Floral: A Petal or Two 

Photo Credit: Strokes Photography 

Styled By: Chic Events by Sonia  


Make your winter event stand out! Get away from reds, gold and silver!

Getting away from reds and golds would definitely make your event different.  Why not bring in purples?  Purple is a very royal color and can be softened with white flowers and winter greens.  Make the centerpiece on a pedestal vase for a medium height or take it up a notch if its in the budget and put it on a tall vase or crystal candelabra!

pedestal vase arrangement

Floral By: A petal or two 

Have a budget to stick within??

Try using a mirror plate with candles.  This will light up the room and is very simple yet elegant for your event.  Even if you add a touch of greens to the bottom you could have a very elegant and clean looking room.

candle centerpiece

Centerpiece Design by: a petal or two 

Photo Credit: Blair Gable Photography 


We hope this gave you some insight on what to do for your winter event this year.  There are always so many options and Katherine and I are always here to help guide your vision to reality!

Give us shout as we would love to sit down and chat about your event and hear about all your ideas!


Thanks so much for taking the time to read our blog



Peonies in all Their Glory

bride flower bouquet Guelph

Peonies in all their Glory!

Nothing screams romance like peonies. They have big ruffled petals that go on for days, they come in various color hues from soft pink to vibrant orange and only a few in blooms in your wedding bouquet will take it to the next level.

The sad thing is, unfortunately peonies are not available all year round which is probably the reason why we have such a soft spot in our hearts for them.

With peony season in full bloom from now until the beginning of July (depending on mother nature of course) we thought we would share how to use peonies in your wedding day from bouquets, to centerpiece and what to use as an alternative when they are not in season.

Peony Bouquets

Peonies do come at a cost due to the fact that they are not here  all year, and only grace us with their presence for a short period of time. Therefor adding one of two peonies into your bouquet will make it stand out.  While during the spring time pairing it with white anenomies, sweetpeas and ranuculus will scream romance.

special events and flowers Guelph and GTA

Peony Bouquet by A petal or two


Peonies used in table centerpieces can be simple or glamorous. You can choose to mix peonies with other flowers or you can keep it simple by only using them in bud vases up and down the table. When mixing  them with other flowers you don’t need a lot, just one or two big fluffy blooms will do the trick. If you choose to do a table scape keep it simple. You don’t need a fancy bud vases or containers as the bloom will do the talking.  Now throw in some candles and romance will be all around the room.

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Peony Centerpiece
Picture From
Peony Centerpiece


When Peonies are not in season what to do???

By winter peonies are near to impossible to come by and if you can find a florist to use them, the price can triple.  Ouch!!!  Be very weary of any florist that says they can get them in winter as they may look a little scary and can very small.  Not really worth the money.  So, we have a couple solutions for you in case your floral heart just needs them at your event!

Use Silk Peonies!

They come in variety of colours and when used in a bouquet or centerpiece with other flowers it is really hard to tell they are silk. Talk to your floral designer about the type of silks they are able to purchase.  It’s a great way to get the flower you’re looking for and if your florist will rent them you could save lots of money!


 Garden Roses!

Are an amazing alternative to peonies when they are not in season. They come in all types of colours and they have lots of fluffy petals and can open up really wide.   Keep in mind this is not a money saver option as garden roses can be just as expensive or even more than a peony but they smell amazing!



We hope this gave you a little more information about this beauty of a flower.  Check back next month as we chat about Christmas Parties!  I know I know it going to be July but crazy enough that’s when we start planning Christmas!!!


It’s always a pleasure chatting flowers and decor,




Tulips Tulips Tulips!!

Spring Flower

Tulips Are Springs Most Valuable Flower!

They are here, there and everywhere. Our love for tulips is strong and when they are in season we smile and laugh all day long. YAY!!!

Tulips are a timeless choice to any spring event and we LOVE them. They are in season from February to June in Ontario depending on mother nature and how she is feeling of course!

They are a one of a kind flower that keeps growing in the vase. They bend gracefully, twist and turn going this way or that way and always towards the light. This however can be used to your advantage to create a “casual free style look”.

When working with tulips make sure to clean off all bottom leaves and wash any dirt off the stems. Place them in a vase, set on your dining room table and presto. For the next little while watch them do their dance.

They come in different forms, but our top three are the Double bloom, Fringe and Parrot Tulips!

Double bloom are big and fat and have a peony feel to them. The have dual layers of petals that reveal a big beautiful fat bloom that will melt your heart. We used them for a table display in one of our wedding shows below. Look how easy they make a table stand out with other spring flowers in the mix.  It so simple and the best part, they are budget friendly!

Tulips, double bloom tulips, spring flowers
Double Bloom Tulips                                                   Table Design By: a petal or two

Fringe tulips are long lasting and their edges look like a frayed pieces of satin fabric. They are an elegant and classic tulip that will never let you down.

Tulips, Fringe Tulips, Spring Flowers

Fringe Tulips

Parrot is our FAVORITE they are a real show stopper. They have big fat heads that open up beautifully. The parrot tulips are a beautiful and one of a kind option for any spring bridal focal bloom. They can easily fit with any themed wedding from ethereal to vintage to eco chic and high class modern. They will make your guests go WOW!!

Tulips, Parrot Tulips
Parrot Tulips                                                     Bouquet Designed By: a petal or two

We hope you had the chance to learn a little more about one of our favorite Spring Flowers.  Don’t forget to check back in with us in April when we chat about how to set your perfect mothers day table.

As always if you want to chat or need some help give us shout and we can sit down and talk flowers over some delicious coffee!

Bye For Now,

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