Happy St. Patrick’s Day

P. is first generation Irish on her mother’s side so St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal.  P. had the whole family over for a traditional Irish meal and created this multidimensional centerpiece that incorporated orange astromara, moss, peat covered rocks and 2 pots of clovers to represent shamrocks and the thousands of shades of green that the beautiful emerald isle contains (and a mischievous leprechaun and his pot of gold for a little added fun!).

Adding to the tablescape are P.’s antique store candelabra finds- which were covered in years of wax, dust and grime but transformed into a sparkling delight with a little elbow grease!

Erin Go Bragh!

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Ivory, White and Silver Winter Wedding

J. and L. didn’t need much for their winter wedding, just boutonniere’s for the ‘gents and wrist corsages for the Mom’s.  Bride L. had planned on using a all- ribbon flower bouquet made with love by a bridesmaid and didn’t need a bouquet.  Wedding planner extraordinaire Lauren Housley of Ryan Alexander Events had a different vision.  Knowing how special it is to have a bouquet on your wedding day to make you feel extra beautiful and radiant, she hatched a plan with Groom J.- Pockets Filled With Posies would create a bouquet incorporating a ribbon flower and J. would surprise L. with it, along with a note explaining just how special L. was to him on the morning of the wedding! SO SWEET!

We used white and ivory vendela, garden and spray roses, ranunculus, dusty miller and silver brunia to create a romantic and chic feel for the J. and L.’s special day- and I was told there were tears when L. read the note and saw the bouquet!

Mother of the Bride Wrist Corsage

father of the bride & groom bout

Father of the Bride ’bout

groomsmen bout

Groomsmen ’bout

groom bout

Grooms ’bout


Brides Bouquet

bouquet with ribbon flower 2

Despite the poor quality of the photo- you can still see the silk ribbon flower attached to the bouquet’s handle- giving the bouquet that final personal touch!

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.

THE Ohio State Cheerleader

Even though A. & P. are AVID Notre Dame fans, not everyone can be as perfect!  When past bride and friend L. asked her to create something for her new niece in THE Ohio State red, gray and white, A. looked past her favorite team to come up with this adorable creation!

This Baby Girl may not be backing the right team- but she certainly will be the cutest one at the tailgate!

Close up on the hat