This weekend we're celebrating our two year wedding anniversary. One of the stops on our 'fun list' is a hidden gem in Northern Virginia: an orchid greenhouse shop. Tucked away, the nursery is a jaw dropping tropical oasis. There are orchids hanging from the rafters and covering every square inch. And it's not just those white orchids you see in every lobby...we're talking yellows, greens, miniatures, hybrids. Look for yourself!
For some reason, growing orchids was a hobby of mine in high school and college (I also wanted to be an orthodontist in elementary school so, go figure). I had a handful of beauties that totally thrived. And then I left them with my parents and they all died. So it's time to replenish the collection...fitting for Victorian home.
Orchids are actually fairly easy to raise once you get the hang of it....so why not make a day of it and build your own orchid terrarium?
How to Have a DIY Orchid Terrarium Party
- Send your invites. These terrarium/wardian case notecards from Mod Cloth are really striking! Pair other paper for the event, like signs with brown paper and bold black and white stripes with hints of gold from Southern Weddings Magazine.
- Need stamps? Vintage botanical orchid stamps, of course!
- Read up and research orchids with beautiful books. Try Understanding Orchids and The New Terrarium. I also recommend this tutorial from Valley and Co Lifestyle.
- Wear a cozy knit sweater and simple necklace. Pair it with this Kenneth Jay Lane orchid cuff for extra sparkle or orchid initial pendants.
- Gather your tools. Anthropologie has terrarium globes and West Elm has some great jars. If you're looking for one stop shopping and don't want to go to Home Depot, Anthro also has pebbles and other jar fillers.
- Set up a secondary DIY station, or make these paper orchids to put on favors.
- Strive for this gorgeous terrarium. I LOVE everything about this from shape to color.
- On to the food. Daikon rolls like these from My New Roots are fresh with crunch while chocolate coated clementines are sweet and juicy.
Do you have orchids? What's your house plant of choice?
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Dietitian Nutritionist. My husband Chris and I create food and beverage photos, videos, stopmotions and recipes. And they're really cool.