Making the little ones smile

I’ve been looking back on some workshops that I did at the end of last year.  These photos made me smile.  I was invited to Barbara’s home to host a flower arranging party, to keep several generations of her family entertained during a weekend visit.  It was such a lovely afternoon and we were blessed by the most amazing autumn sunshine.

Flower Party

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes before my travelling workshops are ready to go.  I have a tick list of tasks. For Barbara, baskets were purchased. Flowers prepared and bundled. A whole array of greenery was boxed.  Aprons folded and scissors bagged.

As the weather was so great we decided to set the workshop up outside in Barbara’s courtyard. It was a real sun trap, with easy access to the outside tap (a workshop essential) and sufficient space so that that the little ones could come and go as they pleased.  The youngest was dwarfed by her apron and stood patiently on a step so that she could reach the table.

Flower party

We divided into teams to time how long it would take our floral foam to soak (30 seconds) and fixed it into pretty white baskets and then added foliage.  After that we had huge fun adding flowers galore!

Flower party


Here’s Barbara’s take on the afternoon:

“When Julie arrived at my new home that day in October, all my worries about family tension and tight spaces immediately vanished. Her smile and warm nature immediately put all the women in my family at ease. She was so well prepared and had thought of many ways to make the afternoon enjoyable for everyone.

She had loads of beautiful flowers and greenery which made the little ones smile. She had a plan for working safely with the water and sharp objects, which made the adults smile. Every one of us, even my 3 year old, spent the entire time learning, laughing, and enjoying our beautiful creations.

It was so much fun to see each person’s different way of working and creating. Then, at the end, we each had something wonderful to keep and enjoy. I could not have asked for a better family experience!”

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Have you heard about South Hill Designs?

I first met Barbara last summer.  She shared the story about the love of her life and introduced me to South Hill Designs.  She has such an interesting story to tell about her adventures in Kent and what led her to leave the sunny California coast to set up a new business here in the UK.

Why not book a South Hill Designs party and find out more about the lockets and charms that Barbara sells, and about the lady herself?

Until next time, happy flowers!

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