Flower Workshop at Article - Bath
For the perfect Hen Do, I highly recommend booking your girly brigade (of up to 8) onto a Flower Workshop course at Article - No. 3, Bartlett Street, Bath.
Lucy Simon, founder of Article, has recently launched a series of workshops from flower arranging to candle making. I excitedly booked myself onto the first flower workshop of the summer one Thursday evening in July, which was led by Becky - a professional florist who helps Lucy with her flower making from time to time. Of course, these workshops are not only suitable for Hen parties. Anyone with an interest in learning how to make a bouquet, wanting to brush up their flower making skills, or, keen to meet like minded people, should certainly treat themselves to one of these fun-filled, informal courses led by Lucy or Becky.
The course I attended was from 6:30-8:00pm and costs £38.00 pp.
Our evening began with an introduction from Lucy and Becky explaining the evening's POA. As we listened we tucked into bowlfuls of delicious, complimentary sweet treats.
With a glass of sparkling fizz in one hand, and a vibrant display of sweet smelling flowers standing in front of us in large silver buckets, I couldn't help but think this was a perfect way to spend a Thursday evening.
We took our positions around a large table and Becky walked us through a step by step demonstration; showing us how to create a beautiful homemade bouquet. (Here's a sneak peak of how mine turned out!)
Becky suggested that we began by deciding what type of arrangement we would want to take home with us. 'A traditional bouquet (i.e. for a bride) a small posy (i.e. for a bridesmaid) or, a front facing bouquet (for a vase against a wall).' I opted for the traditional bouquet, especially as I have a wedding to plan :)
Next, we had the joy of choosing our stems. We were advised to select 'three large heads (i.e Peonies, Roses, Lilies), three smaller heads (i.e Spray Roses, Freesias), three 'fluffy' flowers (e.g Sweet William, Lilac) and some green foliage (such as Eucalyptus)'...
The hardest part was deciding which stems to include in my bouquet... But when I saw the pretty peonies I knew I wanted to create a flower arrangement around their pretty heads!
In went some eucalyptus too...
Whilst choosing our stems, I snacked on another delicious biscuit!
Washed down nicely with another sip of crisp, cold fizz...
After a few minutes, we placed our chosen selection of stems in front of us, lining them up in their groups of three, as per lovely Becky's instructions :)
Becky then demonstrated how to tie the bouquet together. She kindly assisted us at each stage ensuring we knew how to 'spiral the stems' before securing our bouquet's tightly with brown string.
I have created flower arrangements at home before, after some very early starts at Covent Garden Flower Market in London, but I have never been able to master a free standing bouquet such as Becky's wonderful creation below!
However, once I had been taught the techniques...
Mine magically stood to attention too!
The last stage was to wrap our tied bunch with cellophane and brown paper to complete that professional just-bought-from-a-wonderful-florist-shop-look!
All of our bouquets looked really professional (thanks to Becky!) and we were delighted to stop for photos before taking our sweet scented bunches home with us.
For a little more info on Article, please read on!...
From artisan homewares to seasonal scents, Article is certainly one of my favourite places to shop in Bath. Every which way you turn, you'll spot a treasure that will make the perfect gift, or, as a treat for yourself! Gorgeous hand poured soy candles made by Lucy Simon; seasonal scents such as Peony, Hyacinth or Lavendar; perfect to take home anytime of the year. But, come Christmas time, Lucy introduces festive scents such as Frankincense, Amber and Cedar Wood which are gorgeous. I certainly recommend a trip to Article in December when the shelves are filled with Christmas cheer. But, all of Lucy's treasures change with the seasons, so, keep popping in throughout the year as you'll be sure to find something to take home with you...
From candles to textiles, soaps and ceramics, to a collection of handmade earthenware that will suit a smart contemporary setting, or, a traditional family home. Looking to stock up on some lovely, original homemade greetings cards too? You'll spot a great selection of handpicked cards by Lucy that start from just £2.45...
If, like me, you like to fill your home with seasonal flowers, whether that be a bouquet or small posy for your front room, then definitely pop into Article the next time you are passing by. Lucy has a wonderful selection of freshly made bouquets ready for you to take home. Even better still, book yourself onto one of the forthcoming workshops, or, spoil someone special with a perfect gift. You can find out all the latest goings on here: http://www.articlebath.com/category/workshops