This March I had the privilege of joining 30 of the most talented florists in on God's green earth for the annual Chapel Designers conference in New York!! It was the greatest to meet and make instant friends with so many kindred spirits from around the country. It has been such a boost to my sanity knowing that if I encounter a floral challenge, one of these amazing designers will be there for me with advice and encouragement.
This week the brilliant Isha Foss of Isha Foss Events proposed the idea that each of the Chapel Designers create a compote style floral design and share with the group. A compote is defined as "A long stemmed dish for holding fruit" But recently we changed that to "a long stemmed dish for holding piles and piles of beautiful flowers!!"
The compote is completely in style even Martha Stewart is on board (thanks Martha) she describes them as a footed bowl,that lift flowers up to the perfect height and creates a lush shape that fills out the table.
The above gold (brass) compote is from Jamali Garden This design including the napkin fold was created for a rehearsal dinner at the Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor. It was the first time Sweet Pea has offered napkins folded around the menu with Midori Ribbon and an orchid bloom at each place-setting.
If you love great design you must check out all of the compote arrangements created this week by my Chapel Designer friends. Here are links to each of their blog posts:
Alluring Blooms http://alluringblooms.com/ode-compote/.html
Floral Verde LLC http://floralverde.com/blog/?p=800
Flirty Fleurs http://www.flirtyfleurs.com/?p=9609
Celebration Florals http://bit.ly/K4Dkcz
Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD http://thefullbouquetblog.com/?p=20905
Exquisite Designs http://www.exqdesigns.com/blog/?p=1900
Petals & Hedges http://petalsandhedges.com/blog/?p=868
Bare Root Flora http://barerootflora.com/index.php/blog/45-the-art-of-the-compote-denver-wedding-flowers
Loda Floral Design http://lodadesigns.blogspot.com/2012/05/floral-compote-design.html
True Florette Floral Design http://trueflorette.com/succulents/the-compote
Courtenay Lambert Florals http://courtenaylambert.blogspot.com/2012/05/art-of-compote-goes-national.html
Grapevine Floral Company http://grapevineinbloom.com/?p=228
Modern Day Floral http://moderndayfloral.com/blog/?p=4036
Petals and Promises, llc http://www.facebook.com/pages/Petals-and-Promises-llc/108746239185151
Martha Stewart Post - http://thebridesguide.marthastewartweddings.com/2012/05/crazy-for-compotes.html