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summer florals: milk glass fantasy picnic

by SarahB


Hi guys! Sarah from Blossom & Branch here. Perhaps I have mentioned that summer is my most favorite season? Today I conjured a little summer picnic fantasy using feminine, classic milk glass.  The idea of lounging around with prosecco and fruit and being surrounding by adorable floral arrangements seems the perfect remedy to the hectic pace of life here in the Big City.  With the help of Jennifer Davis, photographer extraordinaire, I captured a glimpse of a leisurely afternoon on a blanket.


Milk glass is a popular container for florals and other decorative elements in spring and summer.  First created in Venice in the 16th century, milk glass became a collectible for nobility and rose to the height of popularity in the “Gilded Age” toward the end of the 19th century in both Western Europe and the United States.  Now you can find vintage milk glass (from Depression era 30’s and 40’s reproductions) and also more modern fabrications (they still make it!) all over flea markets, antique shops and online at ebay and Etsy.

CLICK HERE for the rest of sarah’s post (including tips for creating these arrangements on your own and more beautiful images) after the jump!

Milk glass can be a wonderfully affordable container that adds whimsy and charm!  For several years, it has also been a trendy alternative to traditional centerpieces at weddings and events.  I get many requests from clients wanting to use milk glass for outdoor events or even to bring that quaint, romantic feel inside.

For arrangements like these, I like to use flowers that look like they came from an “heirloom” garden: a curly hydrangea variety called “Ayesha,” queen Anne’s lace, strawflower, scabiosa, etc.

If the milk glass container has an awkward shape, try using strong, rubbery floral tape to create a “tape grid” across the opening of the vase.  Stretch the tape across the mouth in a cross-hatch fashion until you have created smaller openings in which to place each flower as you go.  You can use this grid to prop up the individual flowers in the arrangement until it fills in more completely and gets sturdy!

HINT: Create tape grid on dry vase and carefully add water to the vase after.

All gorgeous photos by: Jennifer Davis

Flowers and styling: Sarah Brysk Cohen

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