Purple, Green and White Milk Glass Centerpiece

Just for fun, A. created this with left over supplies!

Orchid, hydrangea, hypericum berries, spider mum, and green trick

Here you can see the base of the milk glass- this is my favorite “hobnail” milk glass dish



Vintage Milk Glass Bridal Shower in the Goldcoast

B. approached Pockets Filled with Posies to help her shower her niece with love at her “Bridal Shower Tea.” The colors chosen were pinks and apple green.  The shower was held in the party room of a condo in the heart of the Goldcoast with amazing views of the city and lake.

B. was interested in a soft, feminine, classic and vintage vibe, and was planning on using a family heirloom silver tea set as a showpiece for the celebration.  Once A. and P. heard the words vintage and feminine- they knew immediately what they would use- their vintage milk glass collection!

Moss, pink and white garden roses, pink spray roses, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller, belles of ireland, white dhalia’s, pink rennaculas and green hypericum berries were chosen to create a 5 bud vase cluster on each table as well as a cluster for the serving table and a couple extra arrangement that were scattered around the room (and yes, we STILL had milk glass left over! We. Love. It.)

Special thanks to Maureen West of Maureen West Catering for introducing B. to Pockets Filled With Posies!


Giving Thanks

It’s been a year of thanks for Pockets Filled With Posies.  More weddings, showers, birthdays and events under our belts in 2012- and many great opportunities on the horizon- all the while being able to exercise the creativity both A. and P. yearn for, and work as a team! To be able to do something you love and see the joy in others when they see your labor is such an incredible feeling.

In preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday, A. and P. headed over to Kio Kreations and took a class in long and low autumnal centerpieces from the fabulously creative Kristen Janes.  Not surprisingly, each centerpiece turned out unique!  Enjoy the pictures.  THANK YOU your support and encouragement this year!

A. opted to use curly willow branches and 2 candles

P. went with birch branches and one large center candle.

Candy Corn Creative!

P. recently hosted old colleagues and dear friends for an autumnal dinner party and decided on a cute, quirky and seasonal theme- candy corn! She had some fun using the trio of orange, yellow and white in her candelabra’s, napkins and plates as well as created this cute centerpiece with ghost Peeps and a trio of yellow daisy’s, orange spray roses, and white carnations.


A.’s full time job is in non-profit management, and this summer was a big one for her current organization as they moved to a new facility- the largest of it’s kind in the world. Prepping the facility for opening, helping to plan the opening parties and ceremonies, all while closing the old facility kept her busy this summer (plus 3 weddings, a bridal shower, and helping her good friend Kristen at Kio Kreations). One of A.’s colleagues asked her to create some centerpieces that would last the entire week of opening parties on a next to nothing budget. A put her thinking cap on and came up with a couple creative centerpieces that she dismantled throughout the week and reused pieces in a different way to give the illusion of new arrangements.

Hydrangea, roses, spider mums, snap dragons and curly willow branches

Roses reused for final opening party

A few months after opening, a piano concert at the facility gave her another opportunity to showcase her talents – again on zero budget.  The gentleman offering to bring his generous friends for the concert wanted red roses, as they reminded him of his mother who had passed away that year.  A. didn’t want to use standard roses, so she used hearts roses not only to be unique, but also to be symblolic of the love felt throughout the facility that night.  A. used red ti leaves to create a collar around the main showpiece by the grand piano and used lace to wrap traditional tealight holders to give them a warm glow.  The event raised over $40,000 for the charity and the flowers added a rich touch to the night so A. considered it a success!

Pianist George Lepauw

Trio of hearts roses and candlelight scattered throughout event.

I HEART Chicago!

When A. found out that her good friend AC would be moving to the east coast to take an amazing new job and be closer to family, she was devastated- but was determined to send AC off with a little piece of Chicago with her!

Using cardstock and a heart punch, A. created a unique Chicago flag.  She printed a sketch of the iconic Chicago skyline she found online.  A. folded the hearts vertically to create a little dimension. A. glued the hearts in the pattern of the flag in a black shadowbox to make the hearts pop!

The finished product was perfect and hopefully will show AC’s new colleagues that there will always be a little Chicago in her heart!

A Little Pink Pop for a Special Birthday!

A.’s Mother-In-Law turned the big 6-0 this summer and A. wanted to make sure that she felt special the day she celebrated with her family.  After raising 4 boys, she now has 6 granddaughters to spoil so A. decided on a pink theme- which also happens to be the birthday girl’s favorite color.   A. made 3 centerpieces and a pearl wrist corsage for the beautiful summer event using big blossoms of peonies and A.’s favorite- renauculas!

Dragonfly’s- a symbol of poise and power (two vital qualities when raising a brood of boys!), added a bit of fancy and dimension.