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Have you ever wondered how to perfectly arrange flowers? What makes them esthetically pleasing? Or why some people have a ‘green thumb’ and others don’t? Well, I did, and I was so excited when Coton Colors invited me to join their Flower Arrangement class last night at their Atlanta Flagship Store.
I’ve been a BIG fan of Coton Colors and their Happy Everything accessories for some time. Most of our Christmas tree is covered with Coton Colors ornaments with special memories – when we got engaged, our wedding, our move to Georgia, our first home, etc. If you have never visited their website, please do! Their motto is that every opportunity should be celebrated. They were founded by Laura Johnson in Tallahassee, Florida and currently have three locations: Tallahassee, Tampa and most recently Atlanta. I first discovered them when living in Tampa, and I was so excited when they opened their Flagship store in Atlanta late last year.
Their products range from entertainment staples – platters, bowls, cheese spreaders, etc. To custom Mr. & Mrs. or newborn baby related items. You can truly find something for everyone there (even guys, I promise)! The store in Atlanta is beautiful – perfectly decorated with beautiful flower arrangements everywhere you turn.
Last night I was invited to join them at their Flower Arrangement class. It was a blast! There were 15 or so ladies and we chatted, drank wine (or LaCroix for me) and had some delicious snacks. The class was lead by Suzanne. She is the mother-in-law of the Atlanta store owner, and the mastermind behind all things floral. She taught us a few things that I never knew.
- Put clear tape over the vase to allow you to separate the flowers and have them stay where you place them.
- Replace the water daily or every other day. Keep a separate pitcher with the water and food (best to label that so you don’t drink it), and use that to refill the water.
- Always do things in threes. It’s best to start with a triangle going one way, and then another way to arrange the flowers. Moving around the vase like so.
- Don’t be afraid to snip the ends often, or remove leaves that will prevent the stems from getting water. You may even find yourself doing this through the lifetime of the arrangement, which is okay!
Sounds easy enough right, but those are all things that I never thought about. After Suzanne demonstrated these tips to us, we had the chance to arrange our own flowers in a beautiful Coton Colors vase.
It was a great girls night with friends, and a fun and bright takeaway to bring home. I am already looking forward to their next event.
If you are in the Atlanta area, check them out. They are located in Buckhead off Roswell Road (3872 Roswell Road NE), in the same shopping center as Superica. Now through Monday if you visit in store use the code WILSONCC10 for 10% off your purchase!
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