How To Host Your Own Flower Party

  • 5.10.19

I recently hosted a flower party for friends and featured a flower bar with my garden cut flowers where gusts could make their own floral bouquets. It was a great way to get everyone together and have fun with flowers, learning something new while catching up. 

Flower Bar with homegrown flowers
Although I used garden flowers other ways to create a flower bar could include brought bunches, visiting a pick your own flower event or ordering a Do-It-Yourself flower bucket from a local flower farm.

I decided on a cosy cottage theme where I re-used everyday flower vases and jugs, however for a chic feel you could mix tall cylinder glass vases and galvanised metal buckets. You can see more ideas on my Pinterest boards for flower party ideas. 

The Flower Bar for my party was set on a vintage style potting table which meant I could hang the flower decorations off the side and layer flower wrap for each guest with stickers, British twine, ribbons, scissors and pens all on the flower bar.  I used materials from my Wrap & Grow range which you can see on the shop.

Garden cut flowers dahlias, Calendula offinalis, Phloax drummondii gardaniflora 'Cherry Caramel' 
I had an eco-friendly event as I wanted to make sure I had non coated flower wrap so it can be recycled, recycled kraft papers, eco-friendly tissue paper, wooden labels which are from sustainable certified woodlands and vessels I could reuse after the event.

Wooden flower decorations keepsakes
I did send party invitations which I designed from flowers which would be featured in the vases at my flower party. I photographed the flowers and made them into an invitation for favourite friends. Other ideas to create invitations could include a special photograph with the message on the back, pressed flower cards or download our free invitation to printout yourself.

I found that the flower party was a great opportunity to get some wonderful photographs of my friends and I to share on instagram and Facebook. I will be taking more photographs at the next event as I want to complete our our flower story.

Flower story collage sheet

If you host a flower party do include the tag #Flowerpartyfun as I love to see your faces and fun at flower parties. I will be doing the same at our next flower party so do follow me on Instagram @flowerwrapandgrow to keep in touch.

I did add afternoon tea, with cake and some bubbles for refreshment, to keep the party flowing. The party had a lovely feeling and I am already planning my next flower party event for 2020. It was great to see all my friends have a great time and take some special flowers for themselves home that they created from the day. 

Wrap and Grow - flower wrapping paper and bouquets

Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you. - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

This is the flower list of the flora and foliage I included from my cutting garden
From left to right: Sweet peas Harlequin Sweet Pea Mix and Vintage Silk Sweet Pea Mix, Phlox drummondii grandiflora 'Cherry Caramel’ with Orlaya grandiflora, Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Dazzler’, Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Daydream’, Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Purity’, Cosmos Cupcake blush, Cosmos Cupcake White, Helianthus annuus ‘Sonja’, Calendula officinalis 'Indian Prince’, Snapdragon ‘Madame Butterfly Bronze’ Antirrhinum majus, Dahlia 'Totally Tangerine’, Dahlia 'Linda's Baby’, Dahlia ‘Snowstorm’, Dahlia 'Bright Eyes’ David Austin roses Desdemona and Port Sunlight, Euphorbia oblongata, Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’ and the large Dahlia 'Fairway Spur’.

I generally grow my flowers from seed and you can purchase these cut flower seeds from the suppliers below and rose plants, these are the sites I tend to use the most. (Please note with Floret there are import taxes which are due and in come cases I have paid more than the order to the UK. Although I deemed it as ok as I collect seeds each year and so I haven't need to purchase again).

David Austin Roses (beautiful award winning roses)
Floret (amazing cut flowers including Daydream and Cupcake Cosmos)
Sarah Raven (wonderful dahlias, cutflower sets and flowers for nearly everything)
Suttons (A good selection of seeds and shrubs)

Flower bar and wooden flower decoration keepsakes

British Flowers

The Flower Bar - Party Ideas
Cut flowers from the garden

Ribbons and British twine

Helianthus annuus 'Sonja'

If you plan a flower party do make sure you look at my shop which offers flower wrap, flower stickers, these wooden flower decorations and soon new for 2020 Party Sharing Sets. 


  • 11.6.19

I have been asked a lot recently about how I started my flower cutting garden and what tips I could give so I will be writing the post next week on 'How I Started My Flower Cutting Garden' this week as it is British flower week 10 - 16th June I wanted to give a little bit on why I created Wrap & Grow Flower Wrap Gift Sets.

My cutting garden last July was in full bloom and I wanted it to last as long as possible. As Sarah Raven says a cutting garden is where you "Cut flowers and they come again'. I released I needed to be cutting lots so the beautiful blooms didn't go to seed like Sweetpeas easily can if left without cutting. 

I had filled my house with beautiful blooms but I didn't have an easy way to wrap and gift flowers to friends and family who would appreciate them. I looked for some pretty flower wrap and personal stickers but I was unable to find them easily.

I decided to design my own and create a set which was easy to keep and use as needed. As a mum, I am always conscious of leaving the world in good condition for our children. I knew the products had to be eco-friendly and made in Britain. 

As I am not alone and I know many of us are taking up growing flowers for a hobby, to fill our home, for a wedding or just to add a little calm to our lives. I believe we will all like to try and wrap flowers for family and friends. Whether we grow them or buy local flowers, it's fun learning and bringing joy with flowers.

For ideas on how to use the flower Wrap & Grow gift sets take a peek at the Pinterest boards here and keep an eye on Instagram where pictures are posted daily. Below is an example of what is possible with one flower wrap gift set. 

Flower Wrapping Inspiration using Coral Flower Wrap & Grow Gift Set
Now is a great time to order a Wrap & Grow Flower Set ready for your abundance of flowers blloming or try now with local flowers this British Flowers Week. As June is the month of British Flower Week there is currently 20% off with voucher code Britishflowers20 and free UK delivery. Offer ends June 30th 2019 and is subject to availability.

If you would like step by step instructions on How To Wrap A Flower Bouquet in Six Steps see this blog post or if you would like to Celebrate British flowers week take a look. To keep up to date with Inspired Living Now join the newsletter we would love to have you. 

Homegrown flowers from the cutting garden last summer 2018. 

Homegrown Cut Flowers - Dahlia's, Cosmos)

Let's Celebrate British Flowers Week 10 - 16 June 2019

  • 5.6.19

Excited to be supporting and cheering on British Flower growers and sellers this June for British Flowers Week. This week-long celebration of British-grown cut flowers and foliage aims to bring British flowers back into British homes.

There is a wonderful exhibition of British flowers at the Garden Museum with Gardens Illustrated. The campaign from New Covent Garden Market's brings together florists, flower growers, wholesalers and flower lovers, encouraging them to put Britain’s best blooms on display.

There are many events going on around the UK including flower workshops, talks, open gardens to exhibitions and more. Follow #BritishFlowersweek on social media or you can keep an eye on the British Flower Week website to see more information on events near you. I am keen to try a flower crown workshop this year as they look so much fun!

Flowers grown in Britain are like strawberries you pick off the bush in your garden or ones you pick at a local farm. The strawberries always taste much juicier, with a fuller flavour and with natural colours. While others massed grown can lose their smell and taste of water.

If the flowers are in season and haven’t crossed thousands of miles, they are the ones for me every-time. They last longer in the vase at home, save on flower carbon footprints and who doesn’t want to see more beautiful fields of flowers in Britain?

I have been researching flower farms where you can pick your own flowers or buy seasonal buckets of flowers. Ideal for DIY wedding parties, afternoon tea flower arranging events and so much more.

Take a look at British flowers week for sellers at the New Convent Garden Market and selected favourite florists and artisan growers.

If you would like to find a local flower farm, event or workshop then take a peek at the Flowers From The Farm map. I love this map and it's great to see the number of British flower farms growing.

Our support for British Flower Week is buying British flowers and the launch of the specially designed Coral Flower Wrap Gift Set. Designed exclusively for British Flowers Week and is inspired by “Living Coral” Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019. All materials are eco-friendly and Made in Britain, hand packed in Hampshire with love.

As a special offer for British Flower Week, there is a 20% off Voucher code BRITISHFLOWERS20 to use at - Ideal to wrap a special British flower bouquet for someone special this June.

Let’s make Britain Bloom together and buy British flowers!

British Flowers links for flower ideas and information

Free download to British flowers by seasons on this handy downloadable British Flower Calendar.

Flower Farms Map of Britain

Buying British Flowers

Keep up to date with British Flowers Week

British Flowers Pinterest Board

Social media hashtag to follow #BritishFlowersWeek and #WrapandGrow
Come say hello @kellyrideout_design and let's chat all about flowers!

Coral Flower Wrap Gift Set voucher code BritishFlowers20

DIY How To Wrap A Flower Bouquet In Six Steps

  • 19.3.19

It is lovely to share thoughtful gifts to family and friends straight from your garden or kitchen table. I grow flowers so I select them from the cutting garden but if you don't simply find somewhere great to buy flowers. This handy map from Flowers From The Farm is a great asset as you can see local flower workshops, pick your own flower events and you can buy beautiful British Flowers near to you in Britain.

A handy six-step guide shows you how to wrap a homegrown bouquet easily and gift straight away to someone special. Making an idea thoughtful gift which they can enjoy as the flowers begin to bloom.
Wrap & Grow Six-Step Guide To Homemade Flower Bouquets
Step 1.
Select your flowers and foliage carefully from your garden or local shop. Remove extra leaves on the stems below where you will hand-tie the flowers. I use British twine by jute but you can use florist tape or elastic bands. Just be sure the flowers are not to restricted as you want the flowers to be able to drink water at all time. 
Arrange your flowers so they have nice coverage of colour. For example, if you had three different coloured flowers. You may choose to add colour 1, then a colour 2 and a colour 3. Then repeat so the colours as you add can be separate out to each corner. Once you are happy, tie the flower arrangement together. Trim the stems of the flowers to roughly the same lengths.

Step 2.
Select which flower wrap you would like to use, brown Kraft wrap is good, Satin tissue paper or flower gift wrap non-coated. Eco-friendly papers and items which can be recycled are great for this kind of wrapping so just ensure you do not choose glitter or coated papers as these generally cannot be recycled. 
 The example in the photograph is mint green flower wrap.
Wrap & Grow Gift Box Content to Wrap Your Bouquets
Step 3. 
Lay your chosen paper on the table and with pointed order at an angle. Lay your flowers heads up close to the point of the paper.
Flowers onto eco-friendly Flower Wrap
Step 4. 
Wrap the paper from left across the flowers and tuck in behind the hand-tied bunch. 
Wrap flower paper from left to right
Step 5. 
Lift up the bottom right of the flower wrap and fold the paper over the flower stems. Crease a line up the paper on the right as shown. Wrap the remaining flower gift wrap around the flowers to join together. 
DIY flower bouquet wrapping in six steps
Step 6. 
You can choose a sticker to add the finishing touches to the bouquet, a ribbon or sellotape to set the paper into place. In this example, a ‘With Love’ sticker has been used. The sticker is set to the front of the flowers. You can present the sticker first, for the special recipient to read the message from your thoughtful gift. 
Homegrown or local brought flowers handmade bouquet - with love.
Flower bouquets do not need to be complicated with the right materials and pretty flowers you can create gorgeous thoughtful gifts. 
Ideal for Mothers Day, Easter, Birthdays or simply as a thank you to someone special. Each Wrap & Grow gifting set comes with a packet of seeds to replenish stock of flowers or to grow something new. 
If you would like to see the Wrap & Grow Homemade Flower Bouquet Gift Sets view here or if you would like to browser flower wrap or decorations look here.
For more flower bouquet, posey and flower gifting ideas you can take look on Pinterest or follow on Instagram @kellyrideout_design. You can also join the newsletter for updates on the latest flower gifts, shop offers and competitions. 
I would love to see some homemade bouquets you have created, after using these steps? Add your comment below as I would love to see them. 
As always, thank you for reading.
Kelly x

Inspiration To Make Homemade Flower Bouquets and Arrangements

  • 14.3.19

I had such a great year on the cutting garden last year I decided to gift some flowers, to family, friends and charity events. I loved putting together the simple flower arrangements straight from the garden but found it hard to find the right flower wrap and decorations.

I set to work and decided to design my own as they had been so well received. I hope others like you might like to use them and gift them too. I wanted the flower wrap, decorations and all things included to be eco-friendly and Made in Britain and that is excatly what they are so we can wrap with peace of mind. My other main goal was to help others enjoy flowers as I love them and I really wanted this world to bloom all over so I added seed packets.

This month the new 'WRAP & GROW' Gift Sets For Homemade Flower Bouquets With Seeds are launched. I wanted to take this opportunity to look back at what was made and include some of the new ideas I created in the studio this week for flower arrangements.

Below I created homemade flower bouquets, kraft and sticker posey's, flower decorated bunches and a single stem flower gift. What will you create with yours? (Share your designs on Instagram and Facebook #wrapandgrow)

Perhaps you would like to share your abundant flowers from your garden this spring or during the year. Maybe you would like to try something new but you don't grow flowers. Then you could buy locally grown flowers and create your very own arrangements too.

Steps to creating an arrangement can be found in this handy six-step guide or simply
1, Choose the flower arrangement type you would like to create
2, Select your flowers and foliage (from your garden or brought locally)
3, Collect the materials you will need to complete the arrangement

The inspiration for homemade flower bouquets and simple arrangements is below.

Homemade Flower Bouquets
These were wrapped with the new flower gift wrap I created for wrapping my blooms and decided to design more as it was so well received. Colour selections now include the Coral colour of the year, mint green, fresh blue, yellow, patterns and rainbow colours. View Wrap and Bloom gift sets or Flower wrapping paper and stickers here.

Spring Flowers Bouquet Using Fresh Blue and Stickers

Multicoloured Set Of Flower Wraps and Stickers
Homegrown And Coral Mixed Set of Flower Wraps And Stickers
Kraft Paper And Sticker Posey's
These can take fewer flowers and simple ideas can look stunning as sweet little thank you gifts or a treat for someone special.

Just For You - Kraft Paper, Satin Tissue Wrap and Sticker
Grown With Love Kraft Paper and Grown With Love Sticker
Fresh Spring Flower Creations With Kraft Paper And Stickers

Decorated Flower Bunches
Adding a keepsake wooden tag which I wrote on the reverse with permanent maker I found to be very effective. I still see these hung around friends houses now on cupboard door handles and dressers. The decoration is kept long after the flowers have faded.

Flowers Wooden Tag Decoration
Hand-tied Roses With A Keepsake Wooden Flower Decoration
Simply hung over a flower in the bunch with a personal message on the reverse.

Single Stem Flower Gift
Use a hero flower like a Sunflower, Gerbera, Hydrangea, Rose or Dahlia and simply hand-tie some ribbon and a keepsake to make a sweet friendship gift.

Gerbera With A Flower Decoration And Keepsake Tag.
I will be adding to the blog new seasonal inspiration as the flowering months begin and we can see new blooms coming in from the garden. Until then you can also find me on Instagram and see inspiration on the Pinterest boards. #wrapandgrow

Bloom & Wild Flower Arranging Workshop

  • 28.2.19

I was feeling floral as I joined with other ladies at the Bloom and Wild flower arranging workshop. To learn how to prepare, arrange and pack hand-tied bouquets from a trained Bloom and Wild florist.

Bloom & Wild Flowers created at the workshop

During the hour and a half class, advice was given on the flowers, which would be included in the bouquet and why it had been chosen. All the materials were laid out on arrival at the VOX Studios, London where there was an enviable light space for floristry and a rather pretty pink kitchen.

The group of lovely ladies at the event were all keen to learn something new and get creative with flowers. Some ladies were looking to learn to provide flowers for their daughter's weddings. Others like myself wanted to wrap homegrown flowers or locally brought British flowers into beautiful bouquets. 

Bloom & Wild - Flower Arranging, Vox Studio London 
Rachel head of workshops at Bloom and Wild was all smiles as she began the session. As we ran through hero flowers, accent flowers, fillers, accent colours and second accent colours. Rachel also discussed the layers of flowers into a bouquet via a circling motion. Hero flowers are single-headed flowers such as roses, multiple heads for example, are flowers like the Alstroemeria. Flowers can add height like snapdragons and we added texture by Sea Lavender as it was semi-dry.

We Learned how to prepare the flowers by removing leaves which will be below the waterline and how to spiral layer and twist the flowers was really interesting. With a glass of prosecco in hand, we added the finishing touches to our boxed bouquets. It was a delight to take the beautiful arrangements home, mine is still blooming on my kitchen table.

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Top takeaways from the event:

- Rules of flower arranging, don’t break the stem as flowers need to drink
- Choose your vessel or flower wrapping carefully
- The arrangement, decide will it face front, need to be a 360 centrepiece at eye level or something else?
- Remove all leaves from your stems to the size of your chosen vessel or to where you will hand-tie your flowers
- Change water regularly as flowers such as Snap Dragons like to make the water contaminated with bacteria and this would shorten all the flowers life span.
- Take time to choose your flowers and foliage carefully, picking colours to enhance the overall theme
- Where possible add texture, semi drying plants or unusual leaves can be good for this element
- Ensure flowers like tulips have space to grow as they will continue to grow and will need head space in the bouquet
- Wrapping is for presentation but also to protect the flowers when travelling

Bloom and Wild - Flower recipe we used at the workshop
To find a Bloom and Wild workshop or another course look at the ticketing site Everbrite or a local flower farm, a local florist may also hold flower arranging workshops near you.

Bloom and Wild are moving to host workshops across the UK soon! (I could be tempted to return for a second visit as they change the flowers used in the classes, but next time I would take friends too).

If you would like to try flower arranging at home check out our new flower wrap and sticker sets or treat someone to a Wrap and Grow Gifting Set complete with seeds. With a handy six-step guide to flower wrapping and all the materials needed to create home bouquets. Simply add your own flowers and start gifting your gorgeous home blooms.

25 Inspiring and Positive Quotes To Lift Your Day

  • 14.1.19

25 positive and inspiring quotes which uplift and energise. I love these quotes and hope they lift you up today too! The quotes below include Eleanor Roosevelt, Paulo Coelho, D.H Lawrence and Roald Dahl to name a few of the top 25. 

1. Life is ours to be spent, not saved. D.H Lawrence

2. What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? Robert H. Schuller

3. Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it. Andy Warhol

4. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve. The fear of failure. Paulo Coelho

5. Bloom where you are planted. Anonymous 

6. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt 

7. Be your own sunshine to light the way. Kelly Rideout

8. When it rains look for rainbowsfd when it's dark look for stars.

9. Be the energy you want to attract.

10. Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Muriel Strode

11. Every day may not be good, but there is something good everyday. Anonymous

12. The secret of change is to focus all your energy. Not on fighting the old, but on building the new. Socrates

13. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

14. Do small things with great love. Anonymous 

15. If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. Roald Dahl 

16. Enjoy the little things, as these are the fabric of life. Anonymous

17. A year from now you will wish you had started today. Karen Lamb

18. Dreams don't have deadlines. LL Cool J

19. Sow a little happiness every day and watch it bloom and grow. Kelly Rideout

20. Happiness is the new rich, inner peace is a new success. Health is a new wealth, kindness is the new cool.

21. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. Karim Seddik

22. Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. Henry David Thoreau 

23. I'm going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life. Elsie de Wolfe

24. Don't stop until you are proud. Anonymous 

25. And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it. Roald Dahl 

Inspiring and uplifting quotes help me stay positive and focused, I love recalling my favourites in my mind as and when I need them in different situations. The positive quotes which resonate I believe can also form to be a self-mantra. Focusing the mind and energising when it is needed through the journey. Have a great day!

Creative Joy! Isn't About The Big Moments In Life

  • 8.11.18

Swan Design
Swans on the lake
Iceland Poppy and Seed Tin
Seed tin and Iceland Poppy

Cosmos Cupcake Blush - Flower Garden
Watering the flower cutting garden - Cosmos
Happiness for me isn't about the big moments in life but about everyday little joys. About small pockets of beauty, calm, creativity or just something personal that makes you slow and enjoy that moment. A coffee first thing, a hug from a loved one, seeing a flower on the way to work.

When these little pockets of time are strung together they can create infectious ways of feeling inspired and looking for the positive in any situation. Seeing the world afresh, where the colours become more vivid and senses open up to possibilities. 

Handmade design of flowers and mixed media
Gardening work - watering

Roses in a tin cup
Roses in the tin cup
Here are some of my creative joys, which I have created for fun and to keep inspiration flowing. I grow a flower cutting garden which I love and can often be found bare feet in the dirt. For me these are special moments watching, growing and waiting for the bloom. 

Handmade design flowers and gardening
Gardening Joy
English tea cup, coffee and biscuits
Glorious morning coffee
I also love to play with items in the studio which are normally housed on the shelves and ledges. I love making them come to life in little stories. I hope you like them and can feel the joy. If you do be sure to follow for more on Instagram and sign up to the newsletter. 

Handmade fabric bags in the studio
Handmade craft bags 
Handmade fabric bags in the studio
Creative joy in making

Flower Images and Photograph
Sweetpea playful creation
Thanks for reading!
Kelly x

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