Botanical inspired party ideas

I am BIG on parties and believe we don’t take enough time out to really celebrate life and each other.

It’s my birthday in exactly one weeks time and this usually sends me in to a slightly hysterical party planning mode.

This year I’m keeping it simple (maybe that comes with age) but it’s still going to be pretty big. I come from a family that loves entertaining and it’s really part of my DNA.

After doing some research on the matter I found some lovely leafy party ideas I just had to share in this month of botanicals on Homeology.

Set the tone

Treat yourself to printed stationary that fits the theme of the event. It creates excitement and gives your guests an idea of what to expect.



Place your table in a beautiful setting and you’re half way there! Use a leafy runner and metallic plates for a bit of bling that will add grandeur to the affair.


Sit back and relax

The combination of the exposed wooden table surface combined with a Eucalyptus runner is simply gorgeous. Fill in the gaps with other leafy finds to add texture to the center piece. Alternatively you can use ferns like in the picture bottom right or bunch up branches to form a chandelier. Just make double sure that the leaves don’t wilt and loose their luster and use a hardy variety.



Crowning glory

It’s a well known fact that people love to dress up for a party. It’s a bit like stepping into character for the night. Make floral or leafy wreaths for the guests to wear and feel like a group of mystical forest fairies for an evening. The wreaths looks great hung around chairs on arrival with a name tag and make lovely party favors.


Balloon garland

Try this easy and inexpensive party trick of combining balloons and flowers. It’s a fresh approach to an old party favorite and will add colour and a pop of fun to your event.


Lovely strings

This is a toned down version that takes all the sweat out of having to blow up balloons. Simply string up flowers or leaves from a branch and use it as a back drop to your table setting. Hang it up high enough so that little kitties don’t get tempted to have a go at it.


A party without cake is just a meeting

My favourite party trick is to dress a simple store-bought cake. Use fresh flowers, leaves and berries to celebrate the season.


Personalized gift wrap

Give a memorable gift by wrapping it in the theme of the party like these simple brown paper gifts tied up with string, foliage and a photograph. Make it even more special by adding a photograph of you and the host or hostess for a lasting impression.


So here’s to all of my fellow birthday mates! May you have a lovely autumn birthday filled with happiness and the people you love.

Happy styling,


Foliage inspiration for your home

After the Valentine’s flowers have wilted I thought it a good idea to do an inspirational post of leaves as flower arrangements.

It’s very trendy to show shapely foliage inside and the bonus is that it lasts much longer (usually anyway!)

It’s good in glass

Combining a collection of leaves, branches and even plants in interesting glass vases make a sophisticated arrangement. It’s also a great way to display vases that end up gathering dust while waiting for that special someone to bring you flowers.



Simple but striking mantle piece

Add visual interest to a window sill, ledge or even mantle piece with a collection of different glass vases or containers with single fern leaves.


Delicious retro

Nothing defines retro better for me than a Delicious Monster leaf. Group three together in a large glass vase and just look at the impression it makes on this dining room table.

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Liven up a collection

By adding living elements to a collection of art like these leaves and plants you are sure to create a show-stopper display. Subtle and simply gorgeous with a retro feel.



Going Greek

Add a few olive branches to a outdoor plant container to create a bit of drama with a whimsical appeal.


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Meet my friend Penny

I have always loved Penny gum branches and this year I plan on planting my first tree so that I can place the fragrant leaves all around the house.



Basket case

Why not add a few branches to a lovely hanging basket to liven up a dull corner in the home? Use branches that dry well and don’t loose their shape.



Thoughtful gift idea

Friends of mine have started this trend that I think is very nifty. They bake a cake for a birthday boy or girl and put it in a beautiful glass dome to give to the person as a gift. You can also do this by giving a friend a glass vase with flowers or just a few branches of my beloved Penny Gum.



Green with envy

This lovely green focal wall is complemented with the use of green foliage and the leaf print on the side plates. It gives the setting a botanical feel.


Now go forth armed with your garden sears and see what lovely foliage you can find!

Happy styling,