Flowers for Friends – Floral Friday

Hello Dear Readers!

Today is the 3rd Friday of the month and that means it’s a special Friday . . .  Floral Friday!

I am joining my Floral Friday friends Lidy, Mary and Pam to bring you another great day

of floral inspiration. Their beautiful images and links to their posts are below.

Be sure to visit each and every one to obtain the most gorgeous floral inspiration

for you to enjoy and hope you would love to re-create for your own.

There will also be a big announcement with regard to Floral Friday

at the end of the post too!

Today’s theme is Individual Arrangements.

When I have dinner parties, I always love to create a little gift for each couple

to take home with them. My signature gift is a little “pretty” with flowers in it.

So please join me for Flowers for Friends – Floral Friday.

The winner of Nora Murphy’s Country House Style Book giveaway

will also be revealed at the end of this post.

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For today’s “party” I set a table for a friend.

I always choose a container that I know the guest(s) would love

for their own home and I fill it with flowers.

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I have used items such as a novelty glass appropriate to the guests,

with a simple arrangement which I did years ago:

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When the flowers have seen their day, then they had a pretty tumbler to keep.

Today, the arrangement is done in a ceramic pumpkin with a removable lid.

Ceramic pumpkin from HomeGoods.

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The tablecloth is a quilt (Pickstitch by Pottery Barn).

I chose it as it blended to so well with the soft blue in the salad plate.

The dinner plate is Butler’s Pantry by Lenox

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Salad plate by Noble Excellence that I purchased at Dillard’s Dept. Store

I was in a Dillard’s store in South Florida last week

and I saw these beautiful weathered wood chargers from their Southern Living Collection.

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I knew how pretty they would be in our upcoming “right sized” home;

however, I could only find two chargers with the same finish.

Many times the stains and finishes on wood products are different from piece to piece.

 I purchased two chargers with the thought that I may come across an additional two.

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On our way home we took a break and it JUST so happened it was at a mall that

had another Dillard’s store. …. how convenient my hubby said!

I found two more chargers that matched the original two.

I also knew how beautiful they would look with my new European linen napkins,

Gerbe De Ble that I purchased from FrenchGardenHouse

I actually had my eye on some “pheasant design” plates at that same department store,

however, the soft colors of the trio of pumpkins looked wonderful with the charger.

So when I found the two additional chargers, I snagged the pumpkin plates too.

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The individual arrangements were placed on the diagonal in the center of the table,

. . . a table in the breakfast area in the Berry Patch House.

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It has been raining and dreary all week…out came the lighting umbrellas to the rescue.

Flowers surely make a dreary day feel bright and happy.

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The flowers presented today are blue hydrangeas, soft apricot mini carnations,

white stock, and a lovely green filler that I loved for its draping effect.

The label on the greenery just said “green filler” …

Tried to search the name of it, but no luck. The leaves are soft and heart shaped

and the leaves actually grow through the stem as opposed to growing to the side of the stem.

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Hydrangeas are wonderful to work with in a small arrangement too…

as the stems of the cluster of blooms are flexible enough to place other floral stems

in-between them…thus the hydrangea acting as a lovely base for the other flowers.

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I love how long Boo Pumpkins last. They shuffled from the dining room table

to the breakfast room table quite happily.  

I believe my Boo Pumpkins lasted well into Spring last year.

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I did not unpack many candlesticks . . . however, I made certain that

my beloved Waterford candlesticks were available for special occasions.

However,  I came to the realization that I am no longer going to categorize

things just for “special occasions” …. I am using all of my pretties every day,

as every day is a special occasion!!

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Hope you enjoyed my Individual Arrangements that I love to make for guests

and also love to place in the guest room for guests to enjoy during their stay.

Hop on over to my dear Floral Friday friends and see their divine and charming

Individual Arrangements. Their links are below their beautiful image.

And make sure you scroll down to see our big announcement too!



Lidy ~ ~ FrenchGardenHouse



Pam ~ ~ Everyday Living


Home Is Where The Boat Is

Mary ~ ~ Home Is Where The Boat Is


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Shirley ~ ~ Housepitality Designs

And now we come to the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

Floral Friday is moving to Mondays!

Since we are moving to Mondays, we are changing our name to:


To kick off our inaugural day of Monday Morning Blooms,

we will have a very special post with a fantastic GIVEAWAY!!

So stay tuned for our new venture of MONDAY MORNING BLOOMS on December 3rd, 2018.

We thank you all for visiting us for Floral Fridays and now Monday Morning Blooms

will be just as great!!


And . . . the winner of Nora Murphy’s Country House Style Book is:

Carol G.  ~ ~ Congrats Carol!

I wish you all a most beautiful day and weekend!!  

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  1. Just beautiful Shirley! I love every detail from your lidded pumpkin filled with flowers, water color pumpkin salad plates, quilt as a tablecloth and linen napkins. The chargers set your plate stack off perfectly. I haven’t stepped foot in a Dillard’s in over 10 years…looks like I’m missing out!
    Your green filler in your arrangement looks a little like Hare’s Ear- (Bupleurum Rotundifolium Griffithlii) I can’t tell from your photos, does it have a faint yellow bloom? It’s always a pleasure to join you for Floral Fridays and continue with Monday Morning Blooms. Congrats to your winner and Happy Thanksgiving to you. ♥

    • Mary…that is it! Hare’s Ear! …you are the best!….I have 2 plant identification apps on my phone…the ones that you take a photo of the flower/plant and it gives you a list of possibilities…and neither one identified it correctly. I guess I just need to get the “Ask Mary” app!

  2. Very pretty and so thoughtful to create a setting for a special friend in mind. I love low-set arrangements, so much more conducive to conversation. Love the addition of your new chargers – I see lots of mileage in using those. Have a wonderful weekend and Thanksgiving, Shirley.

  3. So pretty Shirley and I didn’t know Dillard’s was still around. I need to get out more! LOL No, I still shop on-line for most things, but I will check to see if they have an on-line store because you scored with your chargers. I always look forward to Floral Friday and the inspiration there-in. Your table has lots of take-a-ways for inspiration. Happy Thanksgiving

  4. Beautiful table and flowers once again. Love that you found more chargers while travelling. Lucky you!
    You have lighting umbrellas? I didn’t know that. They sure work good.

  5. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says

    What a beautiful setting! How great you were able to find the other 2 chargers. I love the idea of guest being able to take home an arrangement.

  6. Lovely setting…gorgeous flowers. Any guest would be fortunate to receive one of your signature gifts! 😉

  7. Shirley, how I would love to be that friend that received your gorgeous floral arrangement in that lidded pumpkin. I have a Dillard’s about thirty miles away and I need to get there more often, the chargers are beautiful and I might need to add those to my collection?. The addition of your new pumpkin salad plates and the gorgeous napkins from FrenchGardenHouse are stunning. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I have loved every Floral Friday that we have shared and I look forward to Monday Morning Blooms!

  8. Shirley, you set such a lovely table with your friend in mind. Your setting is so pretty, soft and inviting. I love the untraditional colors, so pretty. It’s always such a pleasure to join you for Floral Fridays and I’m looking forward to continuing with Monday Morning Blooms. Happy Thanksgiving dearest friend, I hope it’s a wonderful time filled with laughter and love. ♥

  9. I knew that I knew what that filler was as we used it a lot at the florist where I worked. Bupleurum is right! Mary is just so knowledgeable! Your arrangements are gorgeous, wish I was the lucky recipient of one:) Just to sit at your table with you would be gift enough! Have a beautiful weekend. We are having a social tonight at the clubhouse for all our resident veterans! It should be great, with our resident DJ hosting and providing the dancing music. Tomorrow is C’s bday party:)

  10. Love the new name Monday Morning Blooms. Such a pretty arrangement and like delicate the Hydrangeas look. The blue brings out the color in the pretty dishes. I always love them.

    Enjoy your weekend


  11. Oh Shirley I can see why you fell in love with those chargers, gorgeous! I can see those being used in so many ways, I’m so glad you found 2 more! Love the pumpkin trio plates too, what a beautiful place setting! Your mini pumpkin tureens are so perfect and what a lovely treat for your special friend! I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and I am looking forward to Monday Morning Blooms!

  12. Cassandra E says

    Your blooms are beautiful!
    Incidentally, I haven’t been able to get on bHome or find it in the App Store. Do you happen to know if it’s still running or if it’s a technical error on my end?
    Thank you!

  13. Your floral Fridays have been so filled with eye candy. The four of you have done a great job.

  14. Hello sweet Shirley. Hope all is well with you and Tom and you are adjusting to the new place. Love the floral Fridays and I really think you missed your calling on workings as a florist. Your designs are so unique and beautiful. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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