Thursday, March 31, 2011
Myrtle Myrtus Communis
A sprig of wonderfully fragrant myrtle (known as the "herb of love") -- with its star-like flowers, creamy-white petals, and dark green leaves.
In The UK
Following her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840, Victoria planted the sprig of myrtle from her bouquet in her garden.
Since that time, all royal brides in Queen Victoria's family, including Queen Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales, have carried a sprig cut from Victoria's myrtle tree to the altar on their wedding day.
In Wales, brides once gave a sprig of myrtle to each bridesmaid.
In Other Cultures
Although Agrippa ascribes it to the Moon, myrtle has long been associated with Venus and love magick.
Aphrodite is often shown wearing a myrtle-leaf wreath in her hair, and during the Roman festival of Venus Verticordia (Venus the Heart-Turner)
On April 1, women bathed in water scented with myrtle and wore myrtle wreaths (the picture below shows a gold myrtle wreath from the time of ancient Greece).
In Eastern Europe, the wreaths held over the heads of a couple being married were originally made of myrtle (now gold crowns are used instead),
In the Appalachian Mountains, throwing this magick herb into a fire was believed to make the face of one's future mate appear in the smoke.
In England, folk believed that myrtle wouldn't grow if it was not planted by a woman.
The bouquet, 42" long and 15" wide Gardenias, Stephanotis Freesia Odontoglossum Orchid )
Lily of the Valley, Yellow Earl Mountbatten Roses, Hedera (Ivy), Tradescantia Myrtle
Lily of the valley and primroses
Kate Middleton’s Wedding Bouquet
at APRIL 30, 2011 by RACHAEL in VILLAGE LIFE9
The flower geek in me couldn’t help but be excited about what flowers Kate Middleton would choose for her wedding bouquet. Whilst over at Madame Guillotine, fellow writer Melanie is all about the wedding dress, I was dying to see which flowers Kate would choose for her bridal posy.
The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers.
The flowers’ meanings in the bouquet are:
Lily-of-the-valley – Return of happiness
Sweet William – Gallantry
Hyacinth – Constancy of love
Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.
The bouquet contains stems from a myrtle planted at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, by Queen Victoria in 1845, and a sprig from a plant grown from the myrtle used in The Queen’s wedding bouquet of 1947.
The tradition of carrying myrtle begun after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today.
The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858, and was used to signify the traditional innocence of a bride.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The invitations for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton have gone out. Since my name was apparently left off the guest list I am considering celebrating stateside. If you fall into the same category, If your name was left off the list the New York Palace hotel is offering a Royal Wedding Sunrise Breakfast on Friday, April 29, 2011, the date of the wedding.
If you want to participate prepare to wake up early. The event, priced at $150 per person inclusive, begins at 5:30 am with coffee and tea service in The Drawing Room at The New York Palace. At 6 am, breakfast service will begin to correspond with the 11 am wedding start time in London, and will conclude at 8 am with a champagne toast. Guests will view the ceremony on flat-screen TVs while enjoying traditional English morning meal favorites, including scones with marmalade, scrambled eggs with Devonshire cream, and breakfast bangers.
The setting in the appropriately grand room will be festive with personalized place cards, elegant floral arrangements by Nancy Sweizy Events, “In Honour Of” printed menus, and commemorative wedding “favors” (scented glass candles with an embossed crown logo). All attendees will receive keepsake Palace slippers, and pillows and blankets will be available throughout the breakfast for those who aren’t quite fully awake yet.
To make reservations for the event, call 212-303-7785. Guests wishing to reserve a Superior guestroom priced at $299 the night before the breakfast may do so by contacting the reservations department at email@example.com, calling (800) 804-7035 or visiting the website.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
YOUR INVITED TO A BABY SHOWER! For 11 homeless women living at the shelter
The Event Sponsors
Sugar Flower Cake Shop
Morton's Steak House
Theatre Row Diner
Slice the Perfect Food
Nancy Swiezy Events and Flowers
God's Grace Ministry is hosting a Baby Shower at the Covenant House
When: Saturday, May 14st, 2011
Time: 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Where: Covenant House
460 West 41st Street
New York, New York 10036
We are looking for surrogate aunts, cousins, sisters, moms!
These women would not have the opportunity to experience what we all look forward to when having our babies.
They have no family, or coworkers to throw them a baby shower so we get to stand in and stand up to the plate and fill in. We encourage you to bring your young girls to help out and participate in the baby shower.
Please contact us and let us know how you would like to help.
Please help us with...
baby shower games and prizes
food platters (including salad, main dishes and drinks)
wrapped baby shower gifts (boys and girls and neutral)
donations of gift cards for the moms
Paper plates, plastic table clothes, napkins, cups, and cutlery
diapers,wipes, baby clothes sizes newborn - 2T., gift cards, baby toys, diaper bags, bottles, pacifiers, pack and plays, strollers, baby hair brush sets, baby hygienic sets, baby blankets. We are accepting used strollers, pack and play, car seats, swings etc. as long as they are in good condition.
Please RSVP by 5/01/2011 if you would like to come and participate,
or just send a gift.
You can contact Robin with any questions at
Monday, March 28, 2011
Open To The Public March 25 -30, 2011
Infinite Variety, the American Folk Art Museum’s spectacular installation of 651 red and white American quilts is just that. Presented in the cavernous space of the Park Avenue Armory, the exhibition is like the city itself, monumental, majestic and bold. The quilts are arrayed in gravity defying spirals which climb 60 feet in an overwhelming display, transforming works of intimate delicacy into a stunning architectural statement. Infinite Variety is very much of the moment and yet the quilts from which it has been assembled are timeless.
It was the perfect backdrop for the Museums Annual Gala!
The quilts are from the collection of Joanna Semel Rose, an art collector, intellectual, prominent philanthropist, and doyenne of a leading New York real estate family. Formerly the chairperson of the Partisan Review and rumored to be involved with the (top secret) selection process for the MacArthur Fellowships, she is a quintessential New Yorker.
When asked by her husband Daniel Rose what she wanted for her 80th birthday she suggested this gift for herself and the city, to have her quilts displayed where she (and everyone else) could see them all at the same moment. Due to the Roses’ generosity, this “hottest ticket in town” is open to the public and free of charge.
The Horticultural Society of New York will open their doors before the event on April 12th from 3:00 to 5:00 http://www.hsny.org/support_specialevents_flowersdesigngala.html
The First Lady Caroline Harrison's 1889 inaugural gown was in keeping with the "America First" economic policy of her husband Benjamin Harrison, Caroline’s gown was an "All-American" creation. Made in New York City by William Ghormley's firm, Ghormley, Robes et Manteaux. The Logan Silk Company in Auburn, New York, produced the fabric for the dress, while Indiana artist Mary Williamson designed the brocaded silk fabric in a pattern of Burr Oaks in tribute to Benjamin Harrison's grandfather, President William Henry Harrison.
For decades, the first ladies exhibition has been one of the most popular attractions at the Smithsonian Institution.
It is beloved by visitors who come to admire the famous collection of gowns and to learn about the contributions made by the women who wore them.
For these ladies it could be the second most important dress!
I was walking around N Street this week end and took a self guided tour of Jackie's Georgetown.
Such a beautiful street!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
On the way to see Julia Childs Kitchen I found the couple in the American History Museum !
Friday, March 25, 2011
The Wed Wed Hampton Spring Issue just hit the news stand!
Many Thanks to Alex Z Photography for taking the wonderful photos of my Flowers.
Look for my flowers on Page 129,135 and 152
Well Wed The Hamptons
Nancy Swiezy Events For A Hampton Affaire
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I went to a party last night for Havaians sandals other wise known as flip flops!
They are charming! And speaking of charms...you can design the colors and add the charm of your choice!
Mine... White and Black with a Red Heart Charm
http://us.havaianas.com/Bridal Or make your own
The Catering was by Ome Caterers was Spread was not just beautiful but delicious as well. Ome's unrivaled experience with all details of event planning, from staffing to menu choices to rentals, allows you to relax and enjoy your celebration. When you experience first-hand Ome Caterers’ impeccable service, fine cuisine, and tasteful presentation, you will understand why Ome has become the caterer of choice for the most discerning clients in the tri-state area.
Nancy Swiezy Events and The New York Palace Celebrate The Royal Wedding In Style !
The invitations for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton have gone out. If your name was left off the list you can still celebrate. The New York Palace Hotel is offering a Royal Wedding Sunrise Breakfast on Friday, April 29, 2011, the date of the wedding.
The event, priced at $150 per person inclusive, begins at 5:30 am with coffee and tea service in The Drawing Room at The New York Palace. At 6 am, breakfast service will begin to correspond with the 11 am wedding start time in London, and will conclude at 8 am with a champagne toast. Guests will view the ceremony on flat-screen TVs while enjoying traditional English morning meal favorites, including scones with marmalade, scrambled eggs with Devonshire cream, and breakfast bangers.
Continue reading Watch The Royal Wedding In Style At The New York Palace
THE Royal Wedding ’11 Celebration Party
On Friday 29th April from 5am, head over to trendy DUMBO and watch the Royal Wedding between Kate Middleton & Prince William with us.
Join us for our Big Apple Brits party at the DUMBO Lofts which will run all day and night with live a screening of the event and reruns all day and night!
Take Advantage of our Early Bird Special Pricing upto 1st April Reserve Now! All Day VIP Pass (9am – 1am) Only $50 | Evening Pass (8pm – 1am) Only $30
Tickets include AN “OPEN BAR” ALL DAY & NIGHT! serving Beers, Wine, Champagne, Kia Royales, Spirits, Pimms, Cider, Soft Drinks & much more. Also 10 Raffle tickets are included and Canapes will be served during the evening event.
The BAB Party includes a re-run of the day’s events, video clips from past royal events, Live Music, DJ’s spinning tunes across the decades, Comedians, Theatre shows and much more…..
THE ROYAL WEDDING BASH
FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011 $200 per person