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Tornado Relief

The tragedy taking place in Oklahoma is heartbreaking. Whenever disaster strikes I find myself wanting to help but I am always unsure of how to do so when life also has to carry on. I'll be donating 20% of our sales on all delivery or pickup floral orders from now until June 14th, 2013.  You can place your orders either by phone 215 964 9790 or using the online order form link below. Our hearts go out to all the victims!

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Sneak Peek: A Date with a Plate

A Date with a Plate is an annual event to raise funds for various charitable initiatives. About 20 designers each set up a tablescape to showcase our talents and the variety of different concepts was fantastic.  As is my style, I went for  lush florals in just two large statement pieces. With table, chairs and place settings from Maggpie and warm cafe lighting our space was very "me". One designer told me it was "very Hamptons dinner party". Yellow is not a color that I have gravitated towards in the past but after discovering all these pale yellow, candlelight and amber varieties I think we'll be seeing more of them. It was also fun to come up with another way to decorate my new favorite prop, the fireplace.  What do you think?

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Chef's Dinner for PAWS

On Monday June 27 forty of the area’s top chefs gathered for the 7th Annual Chef’s Dinner for PAWS. This wonderful event raised over $230,000 for Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society and was such a great time for both attendees and the chefs! Sullivan Owen floral & event design was asked to participate in this prestigious event and we were lucky enough to design for two of the superstar chefs!

We designed a custom table linen and two large floral designs for Delilah’s. The bold juicy colors and wild designs were the perfect complement to the delicious appetizers prepared by Chef Stuart Pellegrino.  There were brightly colored orchids scattered on the table to finish the design off. Delilah’s is a world renowned gentlemen’s club and steakhouse so it was important that we capture both the style and beauty that Delilah’s is known for.  We got a ton of compliments on the table design and had so much fun working on it!

Sullivan Owen floral & event design was asked to participate in this prestigious event and we were lucky enough to design for two of the superstar chefs!

We also designed a dinner table for Chef Quincy Logan of Union Trust-Philadelphia’s Steakhouse. If you haven’t eaten at Union Trust you should hurry up and make a reservation because Quincy is immensely talented and the restaurant boasts stunning architecture and interior design. Housed in a the former Federal Reserve Bank for the Union during the Civil War the restaurant has been both meticulously restored as well as updated for an unparalleled dining experience.

I was fortunate to be fed an “inspirational” dinner before designing the Union Trust table and I LOVED everything I ate at the restaurant. Quincy uses ingredients grown in our local area, even some of the steaks come from a local farm and so we decided to use only locally grown ingredients in our design. We used organic and locally grown flowers, herbs and wheat grass from Bucks County, Lancaster and New Jersey. We featured locally grown veggies as part of the design and even used local beeswax for our custom made candles. The concept of the design was a modern take on the local and organic movement.  The table came out beautifully and I’m proud that my inspiration came from the exceptional food Union Trust is known for and that we used locally grown ingredients!

We loved participating in such a worthwhile event for an important cause.  You can learn about the many ways you can help PAWS here.

Made in Japan

Since Japan is on everyone's mind, I thought we would highlight some of the amazing flowers grown in Japan.  The country and specifically the southernmost islands grow some of the most unbelievable blooms found in the world. These flowers are so well cared for and raised with such love, each bloom is truly perfect. The Japanese Sweet Pea, Gloriosa Lilies and Ranunculus are out of this world gorgeous and a favorite of ours at Sullivan Owen.

This week we have some of the amazing Japanese Scabiosa, these are new varieties this year.

Enaga Purple reminds me of a ballet tutu, these are up to 3 inches across. They have a strong "Spring" fragrance which some people love, others not so much.

Green Puree  is a really interesting texture when added to bouquets. It is a petite little flower.

If you are planning on donating to Japan’s Earthquake Relief, check out http://www.charitynavigator.org/ to confirm your charity is legit.