Chinese New Year-Inspired Arrangement

by Grace Bonney

Yesterday was the beginning of Chinese New Year, and New York managed to dust off the snowstorm and kick things off with a bang — literally. On Sunday the annual Chinatown Firecracker Festival began and filled the streets with exuberant noise and light. I lived in Chinatown while I went to NYU, and this time of year was always my favorite because the traditional Lunar New Year colors and flowers were so vibrant. Filled with red, yellow, pink and bright splashes of gold, the decorations were everywhere you looked — from the tops of the neighborhood lamp posts to the confetti covering the streets after the parade. Inspired by those rich colors, I decided to create a floral arrangement for our office to celebrate the holiday in our own way. Using a mix of quince, red honeymoon tulips, red parrot tulips, yellow ranunculus, roses and sword fern (spray painted gold), I came up with a quick arrangement to get the celebration started around the office. Stay tuned for some more design ideas inspired by the Year of the Snake . . . xo, grace

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