European Garden in my Silverplate Punchbowl


I generally keep 3 large white orchids in my silver-plate punch bowl  year round.  This summer has been exceptionally hot and the orchids did not fare very well.  I decided to brighten things up a bit by creating a European garden.


I’ll reuse the punchbowl for my garden because the scale will create a lot of impact.

To get started, collect a variety of plants. Choose 1 tall plant, 1 that will drape down and a flowering plant. My container is large so 6 plants are needed to fill it up.  Going with varying shades of green and textures will give my arrangement a lot of interest.


To construct the garden, first pop a plastic liner in the bottom of the container.  This will protect it and your tabletop from leeks.



Add the tallest plant first towards the back of the arrangement.


Continue to add plants until you have a balanced garden.


Use crumpled paper or even better, foil to boost plants if needed and to hold them in place.


Fill in all of the blank spaces with a variety of moss.


This will bring the whole arrangement together and give you a cohesive European garden.


I just love it!  It is like a little bit of the outdoors right in my living room!

If you don’t already have a silver punch bowl, I thought you might like this one! It is an upside down pineapple.  SHOP NOW

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Pink Flower POWER


I’m inspired by this unbelievable bouquet of pink blooms. Each bud opened to an amazing 4 inches in diameter and they lasted for almost 2 weeks!

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I’ve been posting PINK all month to celebrate women, and the launch of

A Taste of Paris Goes PINK,

a very special all-female event I am hosting in Paris in April 2019. ONLY one room remains available. Grab a girlfriend and join the fun!

Pink flowers

When walking the streets of Paris, I can’t resist snapping loads of pictures, especially in the spring. By the beginning of April, flowers are a bloom everywhere. This is one of my all-time favorite photos; peonies at the local market.


When you splurge on cocktails at the Ritz, your mojitos might even be served with a pink rose!


I will start work in my own garden this week and you can bet it will be crammed full of PINK blossoms! What will YOU plant this year?

pinkflower2.jpgHope to see you at an upcoming cooking class; the spring-early summer schedule is posted and ready for registration!

And here’s a look of some of my former travelers!

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