Friday, July 31, 2009

Cut Out + Keep

As many of you know some of us here at MODA botanica love crafts. And if you are feeling the need in the "I-wish-I-could-make-crafts-like-I-used-to-at-summer-camp" kind of way than this site is for you!

Here you can browse through hundreds of craft projects and tutorials, read Snippets, their exclusive online entertainment magazine filled with great interviews and competitions, check out their blog, updated daily with the best of craft and creativity on the Internet and make crafty new friends.

MODA was interviewed last month by Katie Haegele and we are proud to be the featured article in Issue 16: The Vintage and Retro Issue.

Looks like we are already making a difference with our home designers, Britta J. was up early & has already left a comment on the article: July 31st, 2009 09:18: beautiful, love the idea of wrapping yarn around the vase to make a grid :) thanks for the article!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Philadelphia Wedding Magazine

The Fall/Winter 2009 issue has hit the stands and MODA botanica is showcased on page 30 - "Natural Beauty - Trends." The issue is full of great tips and ideas from the Main Line to South Jersey, but if you don't have time to stop by the news stand check us out Philly Mag online!

Our bouquet includes: Beehive Ginger, Claire de Lune Peonies, Corkscrew Hazel, Lily of the Valley and Tillandsia foliage.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

PHS International Flower Show 2010

It's official, MODA botanica has been invited back to be a major exhibitor at the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show! The "Exhibit Space Contract & Agreement" is signed, sealed & delivered! Save the date: February 27 - March 7, 2010!

We had our first meeting with the shows Director Sam Lemheney & Bob Felke, the shows Operation Coordinator today. They raised an eyebrow at our idea, which was quickly followed by big grins and they gave us the go-a-ahead to start designing. Stay tuned for more hints about our upcoming sophomore debut!

Laura Hoover is in the PR dept at PHS. She has been keeping a Flower Show Blog where she chats it up about our meeting & tried to get us to spill the beans about our design ideas for next year. She also sent out a press release about the upcoming 2010 Flower Show Theme, check it out!

Monday, July 6, 2009

PAWS Dinner with Style

The 5th Annual Chefs’ Dinner for PAWS (formerly Dinner with STYLE) was held on Monday, June 29th. It brought chefs and patrons together for an interactive evening of food, fun and fundraising. The Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing was the venue, and MODA teamed up with two of Philly's best chef's creating decor to highlight their cuisine.
This was a sold out event where local chef's were paired up with 12 guests per chef. We had the opportunity to design for both Cuba Libre and 1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge. Once you check out these menus you'll be booking reservations.

We made a special trip to the New York flower market to select the perfect flowers for each restaurant that morning, and headed straight to the Hotel and designed them. Sofia Negron swung by to capture a few details for us, here are a few quick shots from her...stay tuned for more!
Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre's Chef Guillermo Pernot presented custom designed dishes that are not even available on the Cuba Libre Menu. He used the opportunity to showcase his creativity and play around with some different, less traditional dishes. The guests especially loved the hot & sour lobster soup – huge hit!

For this chef we designed the narrow tables to be tall bar height, dressed in this gorgeous red taffeta "Cirque" linen surrounded but tall Fruitwood Chivari Bar Stools. Rattan chargers greeted the guests with the menu and evening program.

The tables reached even higher with Red Monstera Leaves and Giant Sellom Philodendron Leaves creating a canopy over the guests. Gloriosa lilies and Diplocyclos (also know as the lollipop climber or marble vine) were details looped and trailing down the tall glass vases.

1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge

Raw based their designs around a huge light up table that Chef Sam Yoon prepared and served from. You can get these treats from the restaurant, I recommend grabbing a table at the outside courtyard seating area and sipping a little Sake. The have over 50 different types of sakes - the biggest selection in the city, if not the east coast!

We built upon the lighted bar theme with red cocktail cubes on each corner that hosted our tall black vases. These were filled with fluffy Cotinus Coggygria (also known as 'Smoke Bush') with it's purple-pink plumes and purple leaves. Towering out of this were huge seven foot tall red Haliconias and black lacquered six foot bamboo. Their placement in front of the mirrored wall was stunning. Guests were seated at long tables draped in red with Crystal Chivari Chairs and Sake glasses - both traditional wood boxes and glass!