Southwest Dinner Party + DIY

by Audrey on 08.31.15

in DIY, Lifestyle

by Audrey
08.31.15

Southwest Dinner + Succulent DIY |  by Twin Lens Weddings |  www.smittenmagazine.com

This dinner party at The Gage Hotel, an upscale venue in Marathon, Texas with a beautiful Southwestern aesthetic, is refined rustic to a tee!  From the cowhide chairs to the inventive planters, everything is festive, but offers a feeling of casual ease.  To get that feeling at your next dinner party, we included a DIY from V6 Floral Design for the easy and inexpensive concrete centerpieces and a cocktail recipe.  We recommended doing the heavy lifting first, icy libation second.

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Desert Cinder Block Centerpieces

Supplies

  • 1 concrete block (4 x 8 x 16″)
  • 2 flower foam bricks (be sure to get the “wet” bricks that absorb water)
  • 1 small bag of natural sheet moss
  • 2 quart sized freezer bags
  • pruning shears or kitchen scissors
  • scissors
  • sharp knife
  • your choice of plants or flowers (suggestions: prickly pear, candelilla, succulents, native grasses, or a flower or two for a pop of color.  Feel free to forage in your own yard for interesting specimens)

Directions

  1. Start by putting the two flower bricks in water to soak, the kitchen sink with a stopper works great. Be sure to use plenty of water, they will soak up more than you think.  Let soak for about 10 minutes. If you see any light green spots, turn the brick over and soak for a few minutes longer.
  2. Start soaking the moss. You will need approximately enough moss to cover each of the holes in the concrete block.
  3. Find a surface to work on. Be aware that the concrete block is heavy and rough so it may scratch. Also, the flower foam will leak some water as you work with it so you may need to put something down- a piece of plastic or a large trash bag will work just fine.
  4. Cut the foam to fit the holes in the block, you want a snug fit so the foam won’t fall through when you move the block.
  5. Place one piece of foam in a plastic baggie.  With the opening of the bag facing up, place one piece in each hole of the block. It should be somewhat tight- you may need to force it a little. Push it down until the top of the foam brick is even with the top of the block. Trim off top of both baggies so that they are even with top of the block as well. The baggies will keep the foam from leaking water out from under the block.
  6. Remove the moss from the water and squeeze out the excess water. The idea is to place the moss on top of the block to cover just the foam and edges of the baggies.  You don’t need a lot. If you use too much, it will be difficult to push the plants or flowers into the foam. You also want to see the top edges of the block.
  7. Now, it is time to place your flowers or plants. How you do this is really up to you! If you are using flowers, be sure to leave the stems long enough to poke into the foam by a couple of inches. If you use succulents, it’s a good idea to pin them to the foam.  You can do this by straightening a paperclip and poking it gently through the center
    of the plant and into the foam. Be sure to push it through as far as possible so it doesn’t show from the top of the plant.
  8. With these particular pieces, we kept the plants and flowers to a minimum. We wanted a desert feel, but you may find yourself creating something completely different!

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The Gage Old Fashioned

Ingredients:

  • Orange wedge
  • 2 stemless cherries
  • .5 ounces of simple syrup
  • 3 dashes of bitters
  • 1.5 ounces Garrison Brothers whiskey
  • 3 ounces Topo Chico

Directions:

  1. Muddle the orange and cherries in a glass
  2. Add the whiskey and simple syrup to glass
  3. Fill Glass with ice.
  4. Add Topo Chico to Glass
  5. Add 3 dashes of Bitters

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Photographer: Twin Lens Weddings by Georgia and Sarah | Venue: The Gage Hotel | Floral Design and DIY: V6 Floral Design

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