S U N F L OW E R S WRITTEN BY SARAH McCULLEN
With the arrival of September, cooler, crisper air drifts into town and summer dwindles to an end. While some summer blooms have played out, sunflowers are still abundant. Decorating with these sturdy and versatile flowers is easy and the perfect way to celebrate the change of seasons or enhance your game day table. The cheery, golden blooms come in different sizes and shades and are readily available at the grocery store if not in your garden. For locally grown sunflowers, check the self-serve flower booth on the Square. If you want your display to last more than a week, visit a craft or home decor store to find realistic-looking artificial blooms. If youâ€™re hosting a dinner party, coordinate dishes and cloth napkins with your floral decorations, and use a ribbon to tie a place card and sunflower to each napkin. You can also give your guests a warm greeting by creating a wreath for your front door. Premade wreath frames are available to help you customize your sunny welcome. Arrangements of sunflowers can take on a multitude of styles. For a minimalist look, use only sunflowers to create a simple arrangement in a tall, sturdy vase or jar. If using real flowers, make sure the stems are long enough to sit in water several inches deep. Smaller blooms can be gathered in low containers or in colored glass jars.
INVITATION OXFORD | SEPTEMBER 2018
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