Spring and Summer Event Inspiration from our Dual Open House

April 15, 2016

Our Sodo Park and The Foundry venues were enlivened with exquisite spring and summer décor and florals during last week’s Open House event. Thanks to our talented style and design team, both venues were transformed into wedding and special event ready settings, allowing guests to imagine how they would look during their own event.

Guests started the evening at The Foundry, where our Herban Design Studio and Herban Bloom team combined lush greenery, metallic accents, flicking candlelight and floral details for a romantic, modern feel.

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Stunning rental pieces from Vintage Ambiance

Stunning rental pieces from Vintage Ambiance

Guests were then chauffeured by Butler Valet to our award-winning Sodo Park venue, where they were greeted by more awe-inspiring décor from our event styling and floral design team, from pops of colors, to whimsical tea lights, to an amazing umbrella overhang.

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Jen Leslie Events & Wonderstruck Event Design at our “Ask-A-Planner” booth

Jen Leslie Events & Wonderstruck Event Design at our “Ask-A-Planner” booth

At both venues Chef Amanda and the Herban Feast culinary team presented dishes from the new spring/summer menus, including the Citrus Rubbed Salmon entrée, and hot Creole Shrimp and Grilled Chicken Caesar appetizers. Wines from Vinea Imports and Sozo, cider from Dragon’s Head Cider, and a bubbly bar accompanied the delicious bites. The evening was topped off with gourmet wedding cake from Celebrity Cake Studio, gluten-free delicacies from RylieCakes, and our own famous house-made ding dongs!

Citrus Rubbed Salmon with Blackberry & Brown Butter Emulsion

Citrus Rubbed Salmon with Blackberry & Brown Butter Emulsion

Grilled Chicken Caesar served on a Endive Spear and topped with Crisp Parmesan Cheese & Feta Flank Steak Roulade with Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Mousse

Grilled Chicken Caesar served on a Endive Spear and topped with Crisp Parmesan Cheese & Feta Flank Steak Roulade with Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Mousse

Creole Shrimp and Grits with Cheddar Cheese and Fresh Herbs

Creole Shrimp and Grits with Cheddar Cheese and Fresh Herbs

Gluten-free treats from RylieCakes

Gluten-free treats from RylieCakes

A fun bubbly bar accompanied by beautiful hand-crafted chalkboards from Chalk Boss

A fun bubbly bar accompanied by beautiful hand-crafted chalkboards from Chalk Boss

Our Open House event would not have been possible without the help of our amazing partner vendors. A very special thank you to Herban BloomHerban Design Studio, Sozo, Prop Gallery, Blue Danube ProductionsCORT Events Rentals, Vintage AmbianceChoice LinensCelebrity Cake StudioFun Frames Photo BoothButler Valet, Vinea Imports, Phototainment, Windsong Trio, Barbie Hull Photography, Chalk Boss, Dragon’s Head Cider, Seattle Parties, RylieCakes, Jen Leslie Events, Wonderstruck Event Design, Emerald Media Services and Rebecca Ellison Photography for making our event a stunning success.

 

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XO,

Herban Feast

Two Tips to Transform Your Traditional Holiday Décor

December 14, 2015

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and hosting guests! As you prepare your home or office for your next gathering, we thought you might enjoy these two simple tips from our Herban Design Studio experts for enlivening your typical décor.

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Embellish a plain wreath by adding bows, twigs, and ornaments like the one pictured. Not a DIY-er? Our Herban Bloom shop on Vashon creates amazing ornamental wreaths in all shapes and sizes.

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Instead of flowers or berries, add pine cones and twigs to your pine branch centerpieces.

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Garland on a mantel is expected, but adding it to your table centerpiece is not. We love adding in little led-lit votive candles too.

Make Your Holiday Colors Pop

White, metallic, or pink are beautiful colors to add to your traditional red and green décor.

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Crisp white chairs contrasted by the rich green garland centerpiece infused with pink, white and red flowers is unexpected and fresh.

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Or, forgo holiday colors and opt for wintery white décor accented by shimmering gold and silver.

If you try one of these tips, we’d love to see pictures! Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Herban Feast Founder, BJ Duft, Dishes Up Tips for Cooking with Herbs This Weekend

June 24, 2015

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We are proud to be part of this weekend’s Vashon Island Garden Tour 2015, hosted by Vashon Allied Arts. The event, hosted on Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, features tours of five Vashon gardens, garden talks from local experts, a garden art market, sunset gala and more.

You also won’t want to miss BJ Duft’s special presentation on Sunday, June 28th, at 2 pm on growing, cooking and eating herbs. This talk will highlight some of Duft’s personal favorite garden herbs including Tuscan Blue rosemary, lemon verbena, cinnamon basil, and lavender. Small tasting samples will be provided. Details about the tour and ticket information can be found here.

We hope to see you there! And don’t forget to stop by our new flower shop Herban Bloom and new venue Froggsong Gardens! For more event news connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Happy weekend planning!

Herban Feast

 Remember this yummy summer recipe.

Spring/Summer Open House at The Foundry

May 29, 2015

The Foundry was ready for wedding season at our spring/summer open house event on April 22nd.

A special thank you to our partner vendors MikedUp Productions, Tallant House, Phototainment, Butler Valet, Blue Danube Productions, Prop Gallery, Choice Linens, Creative Coverings, Espresso Elegance, Kevin Drake Sign & Design, Dante’s Inferno Dogs, Vintage Ambiance and ABC Rentals by CORT for helping to make this event possible.

We love these gorgeous pictures from the event taken by The Popes:

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The Herban Design Studio team; Kaleb Norman James, Fluert, and Herban Bloom did a terrific job, including décor such as succulents, metallic accents, pastel floral arrangements and more. It looked fantastic in there.

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Lucky for us the sun was shining and we were able to show off our outdoor patio. The perfect spot for a cocktail hour or late night snack. Whimsical picnic furniture perfectly complemented the outdoor space.

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Guests got a chance to sample some of our spring/summer menu items including our signature sweet potato and Dungeness crab cakes and our citrus rubbed wild Pacific salmon with blackberry and brown butter emulsion. At the bar we mixed up our Herban smash cocktail with bourbon and orange bitters.

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We sincerely appreciate our partners and team for helping bring our vision for this event to life.

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Happy Friday,

Herban Feast

Visit Froggsong Gardens during the Vashon Island Weddings & Events Tour

May 6, 2015

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We invite you to visit our newest venue, Froggsong Gardens, during the Vashon Island Weddings and Events Tour. The tour, hosted by the Vashon Chamber of Commerce, is May 17th from noon until 5 pm. Reservations are not needed and the tour is free of charge.

A self-guided tour and open house, the event showcases ten of Vashon Island’s event venues plus Vashon-based wedding planners, photographers, DJ’s and more! Visit the Vashon Chamber of Commerce for more information and to pick up a tour map. While you’re out on Vashon Island make sure to stop by our new Herban Bloom store for creative floral ideas and seasonal gifts.

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A little bit about Froggsong Gardens: Described as enchanting, lush and elegant, Froggsong Gardens is the region’s most distinct outdoor garden estate venue. Featuring 16-acres of English inspired gardens it is a peaceful location for any event. Froggsong’s nature-filled property includes a recirculating stream, open lawn space, indoor/outdoor fireplaces and covered pavilions.

We hope to see you there!

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Xo,

Herban Feast

HAVE A GREEN THUMB? HERBAN BLOOM ANNOUNCES SPRING CLASSES/WORKSHOPS

April 21, 2015

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Ready to learn how to create the perfect bouquet arrangement, wow dinner guests with a gorgeous centerpiece and learn the secrets of growing and cooking herbs?

Then we have news for you! Our flower shop and floral décor store on Vashon Island is offering spring classes and workshops starting this April. Classes will take place at Herban Bloom’s beautiful shop on Vashon Island. This is the perfect way to inspire your inner-gardener (and would also make a great Mother’s Day gift!).

Here are the classes/workshops to choose from:

Art of the Seasonal Centerpiece:

Herban Bloom’s own Floral Designers will guide you to create the perfect seasonal centerpiece for your table. This hands-on class includes instruction, flowers and vases to bring your floral vision to life. Sunday, April 26th, noon-2pm. Taught by Melody Williams and Mark Grant of Herban Bloom.

Gardening & Cooking with Herbs:

Bring your garden and kitchen together in this hands-on workshop. We’ll discuss all kinds of herbs, and how to grow, harvest, cook, and preserve them. An herb-inspired lunch will be provided with recipes including: Rosemary Lemonade, Sweet Potato-Dungeness Crab Cakes, Lemony Spring Sorrel Soup Shooter, Herb and Goat Cheese Timbales, Salad of Organic Greens, Fresh Herbs and Edible Flowers with Raspberry Thyme Vinaigrette, Herb Buttermilk Knots with Chive Butter, and Rosemary Caramel Sandwich Cookies. Wednesday, May 20th, 6-8 pm. Taught by BJ Duft, owner of Herban Bloom and Herban Feast.

Make a Hypertufa Planter:

Hypertufa is a combination of mixed peat moss, cement, and perlite used to create rustic pots that are perfect for growing herbs, succulents, and other plants. This workshop will require you to tap into your imagination in order to create a hypertufa planter of your own design! Sunday, May 24th, noon-2pm. Taught by BJ Duft, owner of Herban Bloom and Herban Feast.

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All About Lavender:

Did you know that there are over 150 varieties of lavender? Learn about what varieties to grow in the Pacific Northwest, what varieties to cook with, what varieties to use for aromatherapy and much more. A light lunch will be provided with lavender-inspired recipes such as Strawberry-Lavender Lemonade, Tapenade, Chicken Pressada, Grilled Asparagus W/ Vegetable Citronette, Herbs de Provence Quinoa Pilaf, and Lavender-Lemon Shortbread Cookies. You will also get to take home an aromatic lavender sleep pillow. Sunday, May 31st, noon-2 pm. Taught by BJ Duft, owner of Herban Bloom and Herban Feast.

Don’t have time for a class this spring? We are planning additional classes for the summer and fall, so stay tuned!

All classes will enjoy light snacks and refreshments. Class fee is $50 per class. Handouts and materials will be provided. Garden gloves advised for potting and hypertufa class.

For more information and designs from Herban Bloom connect with them on Facebook  and Pinterest or contact Herban Bloom at 206-607-8885.

Happy Spring!

Herban Feast

 

Get inspired by these bridal trends for 2015

March 12, 2015

As we get closer to the peak of wedding season, we’ve been noting our favorite trends, styles, décor and themes. Here are a few that we think you’ll love as much as we do.

  1. Off-the-shoulder dresses

This romantic look was all the rage during spring runway shows and offers a fresh style for the romantic bride who’s looking beyond the ball gown.

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Photo via Harpers Bazaar, courtesy of Marchesa

  1. Marsala

Pantone’s 2015 Color Of The Year is showing up in wedding details big and small – from flowers to groom attire to cakes and décor.

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  1. Lace invitations

Lace has always been a trend for wedding dresses, but now it’s making the leap to other wedding details, like these invitations.

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Photo via Elegant Wedding Invites

  1. Metallic bridesmaid dresses

Just because it’s the bride’s day to shine doesn’t mean that the bridesmaids can’t stand out too! Glitz and glamour are sneaking into bridal parties, putting a spotlight on the bride’s leading ladies.

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  1. Communal dining

Many brides this season are embracing inclusivity and togetherness with big family-style tables.

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Photo Brandon Pato Photography

  1. Flower crowns for the bride

All hail the floral queen! Brides are taking spring flowers to a new level, using them to top off their wedding ‘do. It’s an easy (and inexpensive) way to add some bohemian glam to your look.

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Photo via The Wedding Blog

  1. Chalkboards

Chalkboards are the new black. From invitations to menus to seating charts, they’ve become a new wedding staple.

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Photo via The Wedding Blog

  1. Greenery

While we all know flowers and weddings go hand-in-hand, brides this season are opting for a “greener” floral arrangement. Greenery is showing up on all the trendy wedding tables and in many bride bouquets this spring. Perfect for an enchanting summer wedding.

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  1. Fishtail braids

This laid back look is all the rage on the runways and red carpet this year. Now, brides are making it their own. With this messy yet stylish look you won’t have to fret about your hair during your big day.

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         10. Local and sustainable food

Weddings are going green as brides and grooms are becoming more thoughtful about what they’re serving friends and family. Couples are requesting local food that is sustainably sourced, like our new spring/summer menus featuring ingredients from Northwest farms and producers.

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Photo via Herban Feast galleries

For more wedding favorites take a look at the real weddings we featured here and here. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Xo,

Herban Feast

A fresh arrangement! Herban Bloom Opens

December 2, 2014

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Roses are red, violets are blue, we’re thrilled to introduce Herban Bloom to you. Herban Bloom is an exciting extension of our floral design capabilities, creating strong connections to local growers and infusing a new level of floral creativity into our Herban Design Studio.  Located on Vashon Island, Herban Bloom’s retail shop is managed by islander Melody Williams who brings over 30 years of floral design experience.

Read on to see photos from our Grand Opening celebration!

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The perfect home and floral gifts await you.

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A peek from the street.

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Hop on the ferry for an island adventure and stop by the store for your holiday floral arrangements, wreaths, centerpieces and gifts.

 

We hope to see you soon!