Tivoli Gardens is a fresh and lively new pattern by Mikasa, featuring cascading blossoms in clear, vibrant shades of purple, blue, and turquoise with touches of grey, yellow and orange. Scrumptious.

It just begged for an outdoor setting with a centrepiece of sufficient stature to showcase its beauty.

The purples and greens really jumped out at me, and I was lucky enough to find some pale purple stock and green Bells of Ireland at Trader Joe’s for the “bones” of the arrangement. 

I wanted to keep the upright stems in a vertical position, but not looking too stiff, a la funeral arrangement. Floral foam does the trick nicely, but I hate adding lumps of soggy foam to landfill once the arrangement has passed its best before date. Floral mesh is reusable, and easy to press into position.

I filled in the arrangement with Ladies Mantle, Russian sage and deep purple Japanese Irises from the garden. It all came together quite quickly. The containers are the Willow Branch planters from Save-on-Crafts.

I had intended to go with green water glasses, but when I got the plates and napkins in place, the turquoise flowers seemed to beckon. So I added my turquoise Venetian glasses to the mix.  The cutlery is the Hammered flatware set from World Market. Not only is it pretty, I love its smooth feel in the hand, and it has a very nice heft to it.

The two flower arrangements looked good joined together, but I preferred them separated on the table to give a little visual space.

I used a combination of my turquoise needle-etched Venetian water glasses and turquoise ribbed Venetian glass wine glasses and compotes, all from Elise Abrams Antiques.

The placemats are the Tava square chargers from Pottery Barn and the linens are from Williams Sonoma, purchased last year and now discontinued.

Enjoy the long weekend, everyone!  Happy Canada Day and Happy Independence Day to all!

I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.