when it comes to throwing parties, it’s fun to have great glassware — it just adds a whole other layer to the event, not to mention, it’s very instagrammable should that be a goal of yours. when i’ve hosted parties i’ve rented from two amazing rental agencies both with gorgeous collections — casa de perrin in los angeles and frances lane in san francisco — i can’t recommend them more highly. but if you’re thinking about collecting your own, that seems like a worthwhile and fun hobby to have. i always like to have something to be on the lookout for when i hit the flea markets or yard sales, and if you’ve got a spot to display them, look how pretty this colored glassware can look. featured in this post is mostly depression era glassware which was mass-produced in the U.S. from the late 1920s to the 1940s and often used as giveaways to persuade customers to purchase goods, but companies like anthropologie, terrain and even neiman marcus are carrying new pieces too — so all great resources for you. i like chairish, etsy and ebay for vintage glassware. i was at the pasadena city college flea market today and saw a ton of — all fairly reasonably priced. happy hunting!
mother’s day is just around the corner. i never forget, because i was actually born on mother’s day — such a nice gift, eh, mum? this year i thought it might be nice to create some DIY bouquets myself, for so many of my deserving, hard-working mom friends out there. i was invited by flower muse to offer you some special deals, a reader discount, and to select some of their farm direct flowers. since in my next life i’d like to be a gardener-slash-florist i immediately said, “yes, please”! What makes Flower Muse so special is that they send the farm fresh flowers directly to you, without fillers — Just a big box of gorgeous flowers that arrive directly from the flower farm, which means you are getting the freshest flowers possible. And because they are super selective about the farms they work with, they’re the best quality flowers. just look at these beauties — each type of flower arrives carefully packaged and it was so much fun putting these beauties together into one giant bouquet to show you how creative you can get!
Flower Muse carries an amazing variety of unique, hard to find flowers, including the covetable David Austin garden roses. i picked out some of those, and then i added my very favorite flower — peonies in a few different shades, from hot pink, to white, and coral. and to add a little bit of a wild look, i included some lavender lilacs, sweet peas and astilbe in a few different shades. i gathered up bundles of each flower into sweet little bouquets, wrapped them in gift wrap and ribbon and they were ready to deliver to my favorite moms. so easy, and it felt nice and really personal to hand deliver as an early happy mother’s day.
so whether you decide to put together your own bouquets, or order some of Flower Muse’s wonderful boxed farm fresh flowers, they have some special deals in place for Mother’s Day — like peonies starting at $99; a garden rose sampler starting at $79; and roses starting at $59 — and delivery is always free. but please note — In order for delivery before Mother’s Day, anything at Flower Muse must be ordered by May 3rd. There’s a slightly later date for peonies — they can be ordered by May 5th. After May 5th, Flower Muse will have some select options available for procrastinators on Friday, May 6th for Saturday delivery (in which case there is an extra fee). oh! and they are also offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal for garden roses for $79 — buy one box of garden roses for $79 + free shipping and you can send ANOTHER box of garden roses (to the same person or someone else, like your mother-in-law, or even yourself) at no charge. It’s a pretty sweet deal, but it ends tonight — so if you place the order this friday, april 29th before midnight PST, you’re still good to go!
Flower Muse is also kindly offering a 15% reader discount good through December 31st, — which is good on only on full price items (sorry, not valid on any discount or the buy-one-get-one-free offer above) — simply enter SFGIRL at checkout. they also have gorgeous monthly flower subscriptions, like peonies every month, fragrant flowers every month, and garden roses every month, just in case you’d like to treat yourself, or someone you love. happy mother’s day, everyone!
• photography by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.
meet M I N Z U U — an online shop inspired and started by a group of enthusiasts for culture, history, and artisanal handicraft that curates handmade home goods from artisans around the world. All these beautiful products carried by M I N Z U U are made with traditional (and often endangered) craftsmanship and most of which are fair trade certified. From around the world, they curate home and personal accessories like bedding, throw pillows, ceramics, and jewelry that combine modern designs with century-old techniques. Each item directly connects to its own cultural origin, displays a fusion of the old and the new, and empowers a community of artisans to thrive. M I N Z U U evokes the meaning “nation” in East Asian languages and symbolizes the exploration, appreciation, and celebration, of the rich diversity in our daily life. to celebrate M I N Z U U’s collection and its artisans, we’re giving away $500 of M I N Z U U’s merchandise of your choice.
to enter to win a $500 gift card towards any M I N Z U U’s merchandise of your choice, simply:
• follow M I N Z U U on instagram.
• comment below letting us know you followed on M I N Z U U on instagram.
• please comment by thursday, may 5th, 12pm PST.
• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.
• hurrah! this giveaway is worlwide.
• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account the week of may 9th, so be sure and follow along.