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Friday, 16 February 2018

M&S Flowers | Mother's Day Floral Display Tips

Using M&S Flowers in a Table Setting
Before we launch into my Mother's Day garden party setting.... Last week, I had the total pleasure of heading to The Ivy Chelsea Garden with Marks & Spencer, for a Mother's Day Flowers Masterclass (check out some of their expert tips!). It was a fabulous evening consisting of advice from M&S flower expert Simon Richards and award-winning blogger Rona Wheeldon, as they talked us through three different floral arrangements.  A sweet, compact narcissi arrangement was on the cards first, followed by the most beautiful bouquet of roses and finally, ending with a wild flower arrangement (check out last week's office setup and you'll understand why the latter became my fave!).  Better yet, we were encouraged to bring along our mums and so I had the pleasure of learning all about this season's floral trends with my mum by my side!  So, a couple of champagne flutes later, it was time to devote all of my attention to the creme brûlée doughnuts (I know, yum!), pack up our floral arrangements and head home, or rather... just around the corner.  Because the beauty of going anywhere with your mum, is that your dad insists on picking her up and so by default, you get secondhand princess treatment.  Bliss.
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So, now that Valentine's Day has been ticked off the calendar, it's time to focus attention towards the next special date this season... Mother's Day!  I always think of Mother's Day as the beginning of Spring, helped along by the inevitable purchase of flowers in shades of pink, and pretty desserts that for some reason you don't think of buying during the colder months of the year.  After last week's Flowers Masterclass with Marks & Spencer, I've been thinking about ways of bringing their beautiful blooms into a Mother's Day setting. A bouquet makes a wonderful gift and particularly if you're short on time.  Although, what if you're not?  If you have plenty of time to put together a table setting to make your mum swoon, I've put together a few ways of helping the flowers you've bought go the extra mile...
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Upgrade your bouquet, so to be able to use some of the flowers and/or petals for other purposes at your table setting - it will most likely still end up looking impressive in size.  Fab!  All the flowers shown in this post are from M&S - would you look at their Mother's Day Flower Bouquets, dreamy.  I've opted to use Avalanche roses (a firm favourite at the masterclass), pink roses, tulips and Gypsophila

F L O A T I N G   P E T A L S

Is there anything more frustrating than lighting candles outdoors, only to have them blow out just moments later?!  Thanks to this genius little Ombre Lantern (also available in a clear version), that's a problem of the past.  Better yet?  It serves the perfect opportunity to get creative!  There's always the option of filling the bottom of the lantern with small metallic stones, or perhaps sand in the summertime.  But seeing as we're talking about Mother's Day, flowers seem like the obvious choice!  I've broken up some petals from a smaller M&S bouquet of roses and rested them on a shallow pool of water.  It's minimal effort, high impact!

D E C O R A T E   D I S H E S

Okay, so when I set eyes on this chocolate dome cake from M&S, I think my heart may have skipped a beat.  I can't find it online right now, but I'd definitely recommend taking a trip to your local branch to scout one out!  There's no chance of leaving empty handed anyway, as their range of indulgent chocolate cakes is pretty extensive.  Yum!  Again, I've opted to break up (Avalanche Rose) petals to decorate the circumference of the cake stand.  Squared edges placed on circular dishes tend to bother me (petty but true, I'm afraid) and so this is a fabulous way of concealing the ''square peg in a round hole'' effect, as well as giving your cake stand a total upgrade.  Wow factor?  For sure.

E M B E L L I S H   S E A T I N G

Another way of personalising your Mother's Day table setting, would be to cherry-pick sprigs of flowers to tie with ribbon or thin rope to one corner of each chair - making sure to choose the same side each time.  It's a wonderfully inexpensive way of spreading the use of flowers outside of the table.  Buy enough flowers and you could create one hell of a magical scene! 

T A B L E   S E T T I N G S 

One of my favourite use of flowers for special occasions, particularly events.  Select the most beautiful of flowers from your bouquet and place them diagonally across each person's table setting.  For other occasions, attaching name tags could be a fun touch.  However, considering it's Mother's Day, I'm pretty sure you'll know everyone's name at the table!  If not, buy more flowers to distract everyone.


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M&S Avalanche Roses and Magenta Roses
You may have noticed a fair few gorgeous additions to my homeware collection in this post.  Well, most of what can be seen is all available at M&S in their homeware department!  The clear Apothecary Vase holding the tulips was provided for the narcissi display at last week's flowers masterclass, and then to match the gold hardware of the ombre lantern I mentioned earlier, a Deco Round Mirror Tray, the perfect centrepiece for your flowers.  I've purchased countless mirrored trays over the past couple of years, and now finally I've found what I was looking for all along.  It's also available in silver, but nothing stands in the way of my intense love for gold homeware!

Considering cake is to be served, I've opted for Maxim Side Plates for their small size and simplicity.  But another of my all-time favourite homeware additions is undoubtedly, hands down these Marble Placements.  Oh my gosh.  Sadly, they're currently (and unsurprisingly) out of stock online.  They're gorgeously weighty and go a long way in adding a touch of luxury to a Mother's Day table setting.  No need to despair though, as M&S have plenty of other dreamy marble homeware pieces!  Okay, so what about the chairs?  Four Navy Linen Cushions. Is it strange to have had a craving for linen cushions?  Probably.  But now is definitely the time to pick them up, in preparation for the warmer, sunnier months ahead!  These linen cushions have also not helped my obsession for navy-and-gold colour combos.  Not one bit.  Not at all.

Psst! All gold cutlery, serving slice and serviettes are from Anthropologie.    
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M&S have a ridiculously good range of cakes - in particular, of the chocolatey variety.  Mmmm.  This gold-polished cake is filled with salted caramel chocolate truffles, dark chocolate curls and maltesers.  Heaven in a dome.  The delicious dessert is in store and available now.  Yum!  In fear of repeating myself, I adore champagne truffles.  I mean, I'm strongly considering breaking tradition and picking up a champagne chocolate Easter egg this year.  The dusted champagne truffles shown in this post are only available to purchase in store, and also come in a variety of different flavours. Last but not least, the bubbles!  Along with the Chambort and Moët displayed, Oudinot Rosé Medium Dry Champagne makes for an utterly beautiful table setting addition for Mother's Day.  Delicious appearance, and even more delicious in taste.  
Reflection of Gypsophila in Glass Tray
M&S Chocolate Dome Cake Filled With Truffles and Malteesers
Cheers with Luxurious Gold Metallic Flutes
As I recently explained, I love celebrating each and every occasion.  Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to recreating this moment for Mother's Day - and especially with such beautiful homeware!  One thing's for sure, I've absolutely learnt how M&S blooms can go a very long way in making Mother's Day special.  Moral of the story?  The more, the merrier!  I hope you've enjoyed brainstorming ways of displaying flowers for Mother's Day.  Anything in this setting stand out to you?  Let me know in the comments below!

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With love,

Gabrielle x

Thanks to Marks & Spencer for sponsoring this post!



  1. Love the flower centerpieces, I am getting ideas for my wedding!! Happy Friday Gabrielle!


  2. Wow, sounds and looks like a great event! Fantastic tips too - thanks!!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  3. Those floating petals are gorgeous! The photos in this post are gorgeous, I feel like you outdo yourself with your photography every time!
    Amy xx

  4. What a beautiful set up, Gabrielle! I forgot that the UK celebrates Mother's Day way earlier than the rest of the world, any idea why is that?

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    1. Hi Shireen! Mother's Day is celebrated here in the UK on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which is why it's earlier (March/April time) than the US.

      Gabrielle x

  5. Haha! at secondhand princess treatment! With that said the set up is beautiful. I love everything from the flower arrangements, to the champagne flutes and silver trays. You are definitely giving me ideas for mothers day. P.S. Any chance of seeing your lovely pink dress in all its glory?

    1. Hey Madeline! Ah, as this setting is in my garden, this pink dress is actually a dressing gown - can you believe?! It's by Bonsoir of London, and there's a closer look at it in a post in my archives from 26th June 2017 (Luxe Getaway | 6 Ways To Indulge). Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

      Gabrielle x

  6. What an informative Masterclass Gabrielle! The floral arrangements are absolutely stunning and I love everything coordinated around them. Such a beautiful setting. Thanks for sharing what you learned.

  7. Ohhhh, how gorgeous and classy!!!! I want to be there! -

  8. What a nice idea and fun thing to do with your mom. Sounds like you had a lovely time and I'd love to do something like that with my mom, hahah especially drink champagne! Have a lovely week hun! Xx

  9. Beautiful photos! Sounds like such a nice event too, especially as you could bring your mum along with you! :) xx

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

  10. OMG this event looks amazing, I'm so jealous! I love M&S - the food, homeware, clothes everything! This sounds like the perfect event and how lovely you got to take your Mum along too. As always, your photos have captured the event beautifully Gabrielle. Loving all the Spring florals and your pink duster coat looks perfect for the occasion.


  11. I would have loved to attend this, I saw some images on Instagram. The silk gown is a beautiful piece and the champagne flutes are absolutely gorgeous. Wishing you a lovely weekend, Gabrielle!

  12. The flower centerpieces are so beautiful! What a lovely idea for mother's day :)

  13. I love flowers,beautiful pics <3

  14. You did such a spectacular job, Gabrielle! I love your decorations, the bouquet looks amazing! Well done xx

    Naya //

  15. Wow such great pics! And so amazing you could spend it with your mun (and be picked up by your dad)! :D I love Mother's day as well, so I'll probably get some ideas for the day from your blog post!🙊

    Xo Noor

  16. Ah this is such a lovely post! Such a lovely feature and as always, absolutely in love with your photos!!! Gorgeous display and how beautiful do the flowers look, they're just so pretty!

    Layla xx

  17. This is so beautiful! <3 Amazing photos! :)


  18. Just reading that part about the cake and their extensive, indulgent range has literally got my mouth watering. I finish a liquid diet tomorrow and plan on just going mad, buying out whole shops full of cake if need be. This seems like such a fun thing to have been a part of, and as usual your photographs are literally breathtaking. The whole set up is truly gorgeous.

    Have a good weekend!
    Wandering Everywhere

  19. Those roses are BEAUTIFUL! I love the mix of pink and white. And of course getting to experience it all with your momma makes it even better. I would pretty much eat ALL of those donuts. Makes me excited for spring to be here!

    Susie |

  20. I do agree Gabrielle, every opportunity for celebration is a good one...and what better opportunity for spending some time with our dear mothers than celebrating the Mother's Day with them? Mothers do deserve to have a special day for themselves. When I was a kid my brother and I would always bring cherry blossoms to our mother. It was a tradition of ours. I still have't figured out what I will be getting my mother. I'm not sure will I be able to see her on Mother's Day, but I will get her something and gift it to her the first chance I get. A late celebration is better than no celebration.

    That master class sounds dreamy. I would love to learn more about flower arrangements. How nice that you were able to take your mother with you (if I understood well). It must have been fun doing the flower class together and all.

    The photos you shared here are pretty amazing. These flower arrangements are so beautiful! Red and white roses go so well together, such a lovely bouquet! Plus, I really like those white tulips. The chocolate desert looks yummy. I do love how you spread this table. Seems like everything is settled for a lovely picnic outdoors.

    You definitely stroke a cord with me with this post. I absolutely love flower arrangements and bouquets. I love making bouquets for others and I enjoy receiving them. A friend of mine brought me a flower bouquet she made herself and I treasured it so much I dried all the flowers from it so I can keep it forever. The bouquet she made for me was so lovely, she put a lot of rosemary in it, which I think was pretty original...who knew roses and rosemary can go so well together.

  21. Table settings definitely make all the difference and it's always in the tiny details right down to the arrangment of the napkins and the placement of the floral arrangements. The display looks absolutely gorgeous. x

  22. What a beautiful Mother’s Day Garden Party Set Up! The table is stunning and the flower arrangement is breathtaking. I would love to try that Moet : )
    Mary |

  23. This is such a beautiful mothers day set-up Gabrielle! I'm sure your mum loved going to the masterclass with you, it sounds like such a lovely activity to do together! Also, that cake. Oh wow! Dreamy.
    I'm never normally home to spend mother's day with my mum but I always try and send her a little something and have a nice phonecall with her to let her know I am thinking of her xx

  24. Honestly, thats such a gorgeous layout :) I love celebrating any occasion as well hehe! I can't wait to celebrate Mother's day! I think I'll get some flowers! Lovely post Gabrielle! xoxo


  25. Amazing photos and post. Such a lovely evening with your mother.
    Thanks for gathering the tips for me to read here.
    It's also a beautiful setting you got there. I personally love the flower arrangement and your gold cutlery. Thanks for sharing where they are from.

  26. Oh wow your arrangements look so so pretty! Thanks for sharing those wonderful inspirations <3
    xx, Carmen -

  27. Loving the feast of florals you featured in this post Gabrielle! And the tips are so helpful and inspiring! I need to try a display with floating petals for my next gathering. It just looks so lovely! I'm sure your mum is going to love whatever you come up with!

  28. Those flower displays are so lovely! It must have been a wonderful activity and have made you so excited for spring now. Pink flowers are a must for mother's day - I also love getting her chocolate and a pretty card of course! Clintons' is my go-to place for mother's day haha.

    Julia x
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  29. I just love the whole display. I mean the flowers itself are amazing but just th whole set up looks so beautiful and well put together!!

  30. Such a beautiful table setting! You did an incredible job =o)

  31. This is table setting goals!!! I'm so in love with everything you have picked Gabrielle, and the flower bouquet looks so beautiful and dreamy! It's so nice that you were able to enjoy the Flower masterclass with your mum, such a sweet activity :)

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend!! :)


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  32. This is such a beautiful setting, your photos really bring it to life! I totally agree about the M&S cakes, they also do some milk chocolate truffles which are amazing. P.S I love the look of your dress! xx

    Velvet Blush

  33. Your photos are so beautiful! This sounds like it was a really lovely event, and even better that your mum could join you too! :) xx

  34. Mothers Day! Already? Oh man, I can't keep up. This year everything seems to fall on top of each other. I only learned yesterday that Easter is a month or so away too! My brain seriously hurts because we literally just had Christmas, and I don't mean that in the humorous way everyone usually jokes about! It was like six or so weeks ago! Bloody hell. Thanks for these tips. I am going to need all the help I can get!


  35. What a beautiful setup, I love all the details from the gold mirrored tray to the flower choices, everything just works so well together! I've been meaning to decorate my dining table and will definitely to use some of the tips I learned from your post!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

  36. Lovely post. Thank you so much for sharing it. I love the images too. Have a great day xoxo Cris

  37. That table set up is amazing. Those flowers set the tone and that cake is making me hungry.

    Heba xx
    The Heba

  38. Looks like the prettiest event I have ever seen! That setting is beautiful & so are your photos! Would love to attend an event like that with my mum :)


    1. Haha, thanks babe - this is actually after the event and... in my garden!!

      Gabrielle x

  39. I love a vase of flowers but I'm rubbish at arranging them! The flowers shown are beautiful!

  40. I hope to get flowers as lovely as these tomorrow x


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