Produced & Styled by Christina Brockman & Courtney Wright
Photographed at Leaf & Petal
Fall Floral Arranging
What to buy:
Be sure to get a variety of texture and types of blooms in each of these categories:
- Line Flowers- varieties with longer stems
- Face Flowers- large statement-making florals
- Filler Flowers- varieties with more delicate stems
How to arrange:
- Always start with your longer stemed line flowers and greenery. This will help you begin to shape the arrangement and create movement.
- Once your arrangement begins to take shape, you will add in your face flowers to create focal points for your design. Spread them throughout the arrangement, placing them at different angles and lengths.
- Next, you will add in filler flowers to create highlights in arrangement.
- Lastly, you will begin filling in any holes in the arrangement with leftover greenery or foliage.
The arrangement you see here features Feather Celosia, Pampas Grass, Ranunculus, Spray Roses, Variegated Pittosporum, Yarrow, Allium and Broom Corn, all purchased through Davis Wholesale.
Build a Grazing Board
How to Build a Classic Grazing Board Building
- Start with at least three cheeses: something soft like a creamy brie, an aged cheddar (always a crowd pleaser), and something interesting like a truffled gouda or black pepper pecorino.
- After your cheeses are “anchoring” the board, add anything that will be served in a small bowl or jar. Think honey, olives or even a spread like pimiento cheese or hummus.
- Next, it’s time to fill in with the other goodies: a mix of cured meats (faves include prosciutto and capicola), fresh and dried fruit, nuts, olives, pickles, preserves, honey, a variety of crackers and fresh bread.
- Finish it off with fresh herbs and flower buds for color and texture.
A Locally Sourced Board (pictured above)
- Macarons from Lette Macarons
- Custom Monogrammed Serving Board from Monograms Plus
- Assorted Cheese & Cured Meats from New York Butcher Shoppe
Ladies Who Lunch Grazing Board
- Custom Monogrammed Serving Board & Wine Glasses from Monograms Plus
- Cheese Straws from Marta’s Bakery
- Hummus & Pita from The Pita Stop
- Pimiento Cheese & Chicken Salad from Iz Cafe
Party Planning Resources
Cahaba Heights resident Christina Brockman offers Huckleberry Bloom Classes where she comes to your home or event space with all of the supplies and instruction you’ll need. For a basic cube arrangement, the cost is $55 per person, and for a small oasis compote, the cost is $80 per person. All parties require a minimum of 10 people. Visit huckleberrycollective.com to reach out to Christina for more information.
Grazing Board Workshops
Courtney Wright offers styling workshops that are designed to be casual, informative and fun. She will provide all of the ingredients you need to build your own grazing board, share tips and sourcing notes, and provide completed boards for guests to snack on while they learn and create. Visit savorstyleco.com for more information and grazing inspiration.
Leaf & Petal Event Space
The Cahaba Heights garden shop’s greenhouse area, pictured in this photo shoot, is available for rental for rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, engagement parties and events of any kind. The space, which is heated and cooled, can seat up to 65 people at sit-down parties (chairs and tables come with the rental) or hold up to 120 for a cocktail party, and caterers and other vendors can be brought in. For more information or a quote, call Caroline Dove at the store at 205-967-3232.