1 Martha Stewart Living's Stylist Tom Borgese has an order of gorgeous autumn branches and leaves soaking in water on my balcony.
2 A cloudy, but comfortable day in the city to be doing a project on a balcony.
3 The bunch of leaves and branches before being prepped for an arrangement.
4 Here, Tom is taking a look at which branches he wants to use for one of the arrangements for my dinner parties.
5 Tom needs to use loppers to easily cut through the branches.
6 Tom cuts multiple pieces so he can work little by little for the arrangement.
7 Here he is deciding the length of the branch he needs to cut off.
8 A rule of thumb (or finger) is if what you are cutting, like a branch, is thicker than your index finger -- then you need to use a lopper tool.
9 The branches are cut and ready to be used for the arrangement.
10 The colors of the leaves will be the perfect touch to my home to create an ambience of the season.
11 Tom will cut the branch so the leaves will begin at the top of the jar he will be using to place the arrangement in.
12 Because the branches are so heavy, an antique Ginger Jar is used for this project to keep the arrangement from falling over.
13 Tom prepares the bottom of the branches to help the plant receive plenty of drinking water.
14 This cutting of the bottom of the branch is called scoring.
15 Now the arrangement is large enough to make its way to the location it will be at for the the parties.
16 The arrangement is just at the start of being put together.
17 It is relocated to another room in my apartment.
18 Tom begins to trim a few branches.
19 Tom carries a few branches to the room where the arrangement is being set up.
20 When deciding where to place such a large arrangement, be sure to think of where your guests are most going to be. This piece may not be the best to put on a dining room table because people will not be able to see over it (unless you did a smaller version of this arrangement).
21 The small extra pieces from this project were simply thrown-out.
22 New arrangements have arrived from Folage Garden!
23 This Odontocidium "Solar Flare" orchids last about a month.
24 These arrangements are tall and will be perfectly displayed later in the evening on one of my longer tables in my living room.
25 These orchids touch my dining room chandeliers.
26 On to the next flower arrangement project, in my kitchen there are 200 roses sitting in different vases in water.
27 There are multiple types and colors of roses that I will be using in my rose arrangement that will grace my dining room table for my dinner parties.
28 Here is a close-up of two different types of roses: Capriccio and Metallina.
29 More roses wait to be used for table arrangements.
30 Here are two tools that will be used to create the rose arrangements: to the left is a pruner and to the right is a stem stripper. Tom placed red tape on the stem stripper because he said he has lost is several times in a pile of leaves -- so it is easier for him to spot with the red tape.
31 Julep cups will be used to place the flowers in once they are cut.
32 Here, Tom uses the stem stripper to take off several extra leaves. This rose is a Sahara.Using the stem stripper makes the job quick and easy and you won't have to come in contact with any nasty thorns.
33 Here you can see how the stem stripper easily wraps around the stem of the rose.
34 Leaving a few of the rose leaves is okay. It is best to keep them up top by the rose so the leaves do not go below the water level.
35 Here is a Capriccio rose.
36 I wanted to highlight the different style of roses so we cut them longer. I didn't want them tucked in together -- it keeps guests from seeing the different forms of the roses.
37 Here is a Metallina rose.
38 Using clean vases is very important for the flowers, also the warmer the water the faster the roses will open.
39 Use as much water as possible for most flowers (like roses) in a vase -- for soft-stem flowers use less water. A tip for tulips: the more water used the more the tulips will droop.
40 I picked different roses because they all have a unique look to them.
41 Tom picks off of a few petals to freshen up the look of the Silverstone rose.
42 Here is a Juliet rose -- it has a form of a garden rose and has very dense layers inside.
43 A close up of a few of the gorgeous roses.
44 See how each rose is able to slope outwardly? This is what you want in order for your flowers to be seen -- the Julep cups are perfect to let the flowers be seen.
45 If you put your roses in a cylender vase, they would stand up straight and it wouldn't show off the roses' faces.
46 A few tips to help your roses live longer: keep roses out of the sun as much as possible, change the water as often as you can and give fresh cuts to the bottom of the stems when you change the water.
47 Here is one of the arrangements, there will be many on the table for the dinner parties.
48 A gorgeous view from the top.
49 When you first cut roses, be sure to cut them under running water, that way they won't suck in air. If they suck in air it will block the water from reaching the actual bloom.
50 Be sure to cut the stems on an angle, the more surface there is the rose will be able to absorb more water. When the rose sits in the vase with a stem cut on an angle then it will be exposed to more water and not sitting flat on the bottom of the vase.
51 Roses have such a classic look, you really can't go wrong using them as a centerpiece arrangement for any event.
52 The colors look beautiful under the light.
53 here I am making sure the flowers are arranged in the best way on my dining room table.
54 In my living room is where I placed the orchids, their relection in the mirrors are gorgeous!
55 How stunning does this dining room look?!
56 I moved my Bromeliads from my living room to the dining room where I will be placing extra cocktail and champagne glasses.
57 Different size plates have also been set out and are ready to be placed on the dining room table.
58 I had to decide with which color linen I would use for napkins. I decided to go to with a more neutral tone.
59 Chef Pierre takes a look at what I will be using to set the table.
60 I love having a beautifully set table for a dinner party. Here I am about to begin setting the table.
61 Laying out the silverware needs to be done the correct way.
62 Look how gorgeous the table looks!
63 Making sure everything that needs to be on the table has been set in place.
64 Setting up a tray of extra cocktail glasses and champagne glasses in the back of the dining room.
65 Extra glasses are placed behind the dining room table -- in a location that is easy to get to if someone needs something during dinner.
66 Making the vases into a straight line.
67 The table is set and ready for dinner!
68 Chef Pierre making sure everything is where it needs to be.
69 Food is prepared and ready to be cooked!
70 Chef Pierre goes in to my pull-out-pantry to find a few items he needs to cook dinner.
71 The champagne is chilling in the kitchen.
72 So I tucked away the candles in their proper place before my guests arrived.