Flowers & Centerpieces

6 Tips for Making Fresh Flowers Last Longer — Tips from The Kitchn

I love getting fresh flowers — hint, hint, husband! — but what I don't love is how quickly they fade. I hate getting a gorgeous bouquet, only to toss it a few days later when the petals start to brown, the leaves are drooping, and the water has turned into a murky mess. And the smell! There are few smells worse than a vase stew of rotting stems and leaves.

But with a little maintenance and a few tricks, you can get extra days of enjoyment out of your cut flowers. Here are a few things you can do to keep your bouquet looking fresh for longer.

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Your Kitchen Table Needs This Clever Pegboard Hack — The Great Kitchen Pegboard

It's been no secret lately how much we love pegboards. We love them in a drawer to organize dishes; we really love them on a wall to hold, well, anything; and now, we love them on the table! Just look at this wedding table centerpiece from Fabulously Designed, a luxury flower and events company based in Las Vegas and Southern California.

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3 Greens That Make Easy (and Pretty) Centerpieces — I dream of green

Well, it's not peony season at Trader Joe's just yet. And ranunculus and anemone aren't particularly cheap or plentiful either, so what's a girl supposed to do for a dinner party centerpiece? You could go the route of supermarket carnations or roses, but if you're looking to try something a little different and springy, why not give plants a go? Greenery is the Pantone Color of the Year, after all.

Follow these bloggers' leads for your next gathering.

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Ina Garten’s Best Tip for Decorating Your Dining Table — Kitchen Heroes

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It's easy to look through Pinterest and label yourself as uninspired, not crafty, or a total failure (no, just me?). Let's take gorgeous dining table settings as an example. How many times have you seen some crafty, chic thing that some blogger created for their Thanksgiving table? How many times have you seen a beautiful place setting that you know must have cost your entire paycheck and then some?

Well, I'm here to tell you it doesn't need to be like that. Ina Garten — our patron saint of all things entertaining and food — has given us her approval for simple, casual dining settings. If I can do this, you can do this.

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How To Bleach Pinecones for Holiday Decoration — Projects from The Kitchn

Pinecones are one of the best fall decorations, and we've seen them every which way: painted, flocked, doused in glitter, rolled in peanut butter — you name it!

Now, we're seeing them bleached. That's right ... bleached! Think of this pale, Scandinavian-inspired look as the sleek, modern take on this traditional autumn decor classic. And we're kind of loving it.

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How To Bleach Pinecones for Holiday Decoration — Projects from The Kitchn

Pinecones are one of the best fall decorations, and we've seen them every which way: painted, flocked, doused in glitter, rolled in peanut butter — you name it!

Now, we're seeing them bleached. That's right ... bleached! Think of this pale, Scandinavian-inspired look as the sleek, modern take on this traditional autumn decor classic. And we're kind of loving it.

<p><a href='http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-bleach-and-scent-pinecones-for-holiday-decor-237673'><strong>READ MORE »</strong></a></p>
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