18 Feb

DIY Bodega Flowers with Blossom & Branch

categories Bachelorette + Shower, DIY Wedding, Flowers + Greenery

Finding a unique and fun idea for a Wedding Shower or Bachelorette party is never easy. Sarah of Blossom and Branch thought of a sweet way to incorporate Bodega Flowers, something you always see on your way home from the office, into a class to cater to us city dwellers. Since Courtney has been guest blogging with us for the week we thought we’d invite her as well as other friends to a class and make it all cute for ya’ll.


From Sarah:

Bodega Flowers: 101″ was dreamed up with the idea that New York City women often feel they are too busy to bring the simple beauty of fresh flowers into their lives. And the savvy consumer is also conscious of the expense of floral arrangements. Meanwhile, We all pass those local groceries with mounds of inexpensive flowers on the way to bus or train. I thought, why not show people how to gather some bunches from the local bodega and create something charming in their home? This class teaches women how to shop for, clean/prepare and arrange flowers, using their own container.


For Courtney and our friends, I selected some basic bunches of roses, tulips and carnations from the local bodega and showed the ladies how to take them from generic to chic.


What’s a party without making it look all cute. Jillian gathered some local talents to help spruce up my apartment for the class. We rolled out craft paper, Love*Jenna used her talents to create personalized workstations, Jillian handmade aprons by using Ikea dish towels and Linda & Harriet donated their zig zag printed note pads for the occasion.



To spice up the party treats and spirits must be present. I enlisted Sasha Smith of Spin the Bottle NY to provide a wine education and tasting for the ladies. Leah my incredible partner in crime and second mom created scrumptious finger sandwiches. And, a Brooklyn party isn’t quite complete without the help of One Girl Cookies decadent sweets which paired nicely with what Sasha was pouring. All the ladies could take some sweets home with those cute craft bags by Nice Package.



I gave all the ladies a little instruction and look at em’ go…then Viola! Perfection.


Sarah offers this service for any group interested in learning simple floral design principles and techniques and she will come to you! To hire Sarah for your next soiree or put your name on the mailing list for her next public floral class, email her sarah@blossomandbranch.com.

She can come alone or bring all of her fabulous friends to make your event truly special.

Styling: Jillian Event Design
Calligraphy: Love*Jenna
Photos: Scott Clark
Cookies: One Girl Cookie
Wine: Spin the Bottle
Craft treat bags: Nice Package
Note Pads: Linda & Harriet

We’d also like to thank Courtney for guest blogging with us this week. It was a real pleasure hearing all her wedding ideas from grooms style to invitations and type accents. We wish you all the best with the rest of your planning and can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

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  1. so cute ladies! I want to do something like this in my hometown. San Diego has nothing like this!!

  2. Wow — what a great, great idea! I would kill for something like this near where I live. What a great way to spend an afternoon! And the setup is perfection. Well done! :)

  3. The pictures look great! This was so much fun to do—I would totally do it again. And it made even more excited to have Sarah as my florist. :)

    Thanks so much for having me this week, it was great to be here!

  4. omg these are sooo pretty! what a great idea for a girl’s night party!! i totally want to do this with my girls sometime!!

  5. So LOVELY! I wish there was something like this in San Francisco – I’d host such an event right away! Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. this is THE most fab thing i ever seen! .. i’m dying for the cute little apron and set up u created – i will sooooo be hosting a flower party sooooon! :o)

  7. love this idea! this would be so fun to go to :)

  8. Such a great idea! They all turned out so great.

  9. This looks like so much fun – I’d love to take a floral arranging class

  10. I wish I could attend this party. I mean class. How fun, pretty, and semi-practical! (flowers are never entirely practical… except for the soul)

  11. So fun!!

  12. Lovely! The workstations by Jenna are too cute, as is the mini bunting!

  13. What a great class! Everything is super cute!

  14. i absolutely love this idea. i always try to “wing it” with my bodega flower arrangements and they never look as lovely as these! I’ll definitely be contacting Sarah soon! Thanks for the great post.

  15. What a wonderful, clever idea! I absolutely love the set up! The arrangements are gorgeous!! One problem….I wish I was there!!!!

  16. so PRETTY! this would be a fun girls night or something.. instead of the same old tupperware party.. why not have a flower party.. pretty colors and lovely smells.. im going to keep this in mind! :)

  17. This is so much fun! I want to come! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Thats such a great idea! Plus, I could definitely use a flower arranging tutorial 😉

  19. What a fabulous concept, I love the details, the colors scheme and the idea of making a girls night out of it! Thank you for sharing.

  20. Your posts are great. This is really interesting again. I love coming back to read your blog via your twitter updates.

  21. What a great idea!!! I especially liked the workstations:) Lucky girls who got to attend that party!

  22. I am positively swooning over every detail…so perfect for a bridal or baby shower! Love the scissors-and-ribbon place settings.

  23. love this! i may have to host one soon!

  24. Very, very nice idea! The flower stalls by me are full of carnations – lets see something classy done with those! …and I’m not just talking about 1 big Carey Bradshaw bouquet of carnations. Anyone can make that look nice.

  25. Great Ideas. Thank you!

  26. The flower arrangements are beautiful. Wow!

  27. What a great idea for a get-together with the girls. Everything looks so pretty and fun!

  28. This is just brilliant! I think I might like to attend the next one available!

  29. Great work ladies… Love all the arrangements of the flowers.

  30. I think this would make for a great bridal shower… especially if you might be enlisting your bridesmaids and closest friends to help with flowers for your own wedding!

  31. WOW.

    I had always thought about offering up floral design classes to small groups, but I never thought to make a beautiful photo shoot of it! What a smart idea. : )
    ABC Dragoo

  32. Fantastic, romantic, cute… I’d love to participate to something like this…I love flowers, I love to learn and to stay and meet new friends!
    I’m so envious!!!

    I’m hosting a giveaway! I hope you’d come to visit me an partecipate to it!

  33. What a great idea! I can see it tying in well with a “Domestic Goddess” themed shower it is perfect for Spring.

  34. I adore this, and took inspiration for my own bodega 101 birthday party. The evidence is here – http://katiejaynenorman.blogspot.com/2010/03/bodega.html

  35. This sneak peek was really really gorgeous

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