I met Sushma earlier in the summer at a birthday party in Whitstable. When we started chatting we immediately clicked and it felt like we were two old friends who hadn’t seen each other for a long time. Have you ever had those moments?
Sushma is the owner of Lettuce Flowers which is a floral arrangement company with a difference. Instead of using cut flowers to make her arrangements, she creates them with whole plants so that they can go on growing after the event or function has taken place. The arrangements are created using edible flowers, herbs and salad leaves making displays eye-catching and beautiful.
She creates arrangement for all sorts of events, functions and weddings. Take a look at her gallery here.
I loved the concept behind what Sushma and her company stand for so I when I asked her to collaborate with me on a blog post, I was very happy when she said “Yes!”
The idea for the post came to me in the late summer, we would create and style a table setting for an intimate lunch with friends. However, with clients and deadlines taking priority, we were unable to actually perform the shoot until recently, so given that Christmas was around the corner, we decided to create a Christmas theme setting for the shoot.
The location of the shoot took place at my most recent clients home. He had the most wonderful conservatory which was always filled with light. His entire flat was repainted and his conservatory was painted out in a warming Olive Green. I thought this would create a nice backdrop against the rustic table setting we created.
We started out by getting Sushma to create the arrangement which would be a centrepiece for the table. As I was watching Sushma put together her display, I was struck with how wonderful the combination of herbs and edible flowers were. An unexpected combination of Viola flowers, Primrose, Trailing Thyme and Chives was used within a Coir Pot.
I loved that amongst the dark purple and green foliage was the bright pop of white in the primroses which provided some lightness to the whole arrangement. The yellow flower centres of both the Viola’s and the Primrose harmonised the arrangement and the trailing thyme that hung casually over the sides of the pot created a wonderfully casual vibe to the arrangement. And it all smelled wonderful.
Here are some tips from Sushma on how to make a Lettuce Flower style centre piece:
- Choose the colours of the flowers which will compliment the table settings and the background.
- Look at textures of the green leaves and chose a good variety to vary the composition.
- Ensure the container is not drawing your eye to it too much, but enough to enhance the flowers and leaves.
- Natural smells from the flowers and herbs will always give soothing feeling, rather than strong smelling candles.
- Try and make the table centres last for longer by choosing living plants as opposed to cut flowers.
Then it was my turn to create the table setting. I decided to go for earthy colours so that Sushma’s beautiful arrangement would stand out and be the centre of attention. I had some blue plates which I thought would work well with her Viola’s. And then I paired the rest with burlap and gold which would work against the backdrop of the olive wall of the conservatory.
Here are some tips on how to create a rustic style christmas dinner table:
- Use natural materials and textures, in this case I have used hessian for a table cloth and white cotton napkins.
- Add sparkle with highlights of gold to add warmth. The pine cones have been spray painted to add a touch of glamour.
- Use wooden christmas decorations as place settings for guests.
- Terracotta pots have been placed with a candle and then filled with perlite to add to the atmosphere of the table.
I wanted to say a big Thank You to Sushma for collaborating with me on this project. I had so much fun and I wish her all the best with her business and future endeavours. If you want to check out more of Sushma’s work, check out her web-site – http://www.lettuceflowers.co.uk/
So what sort of theme have you got planned for your table setting this Christmas? I’d love to know.
Till next time, Doris
Image Source: Photography by Doris Lee