Limelight hydrangea topiaries flanking the entrance impart a casual elegance. Photo credit: mgaarchitects.com
When it comes to planning an event or a special party, there's really no limit to the kind of space one can use depending of course on the occasion. Industrial loft spaces and rustic barns are very popular for weddings, for example, though truthfully even a space that lacks character can, with just a bit of creativity, be transformed into something truly special.
How you ask? Well, if you're a crafter like me, you might envision walls filled with paper flowers and garlands hanging from the ceiling, but realistically to pull something like that off in a big way would take a whole team hundreds of hours, so I have an idea that you may not have thought of! Make your next event gorgeous with rented plants! And you can even rent indoor plants online! Sounds like a great solution to me! (Well, that is for most of you out there, who unlike me, wouldn't want the responsibility of caring for all those plants after the event!)
So with the idea of using plants to make a rented space, or even your own home look fantastic for that special event or party that you are planning, I've gathered a few photos that I hope will inspire you to take my advice.
Large rustic containers filled with canna and sweat potato vine Photo credit: truexcullins.com
First of all, do give the entrance some thought, as first impressions are always important, and truly set the stage. Several pots of plants, well placed and in keeping with the surroundings can add just the right touch, without going overboard. I love the hydrangea standards in the top photo, and their wild elegant look is perfect for a traditional porch. If your location is more on the rustic side, try large planters with thriller, filler, and spiller plants, in this case, above, canna and sweet potato vine. (And of course if these planters are assembled just for an event, they would certainly not be full of soil, but rather made to look that way.)
An elegant lady palm graces an entry way. Photo credit: charliebarnettassoc.com
Historic spaces can be wonderful locations for parties and events, but are generally on the bare side. Rented plants to the rescue! Something as simple as a large palm, in this case a Lady Palm, does wonders.
An artful assortment of interesting potted plants. Photo credit: laurenliess.com
Then again, if the entryway in your party space doesn't include a grand staircase, something as simple as as a rustic table propped with an eclectic variety of small plants could look amazing. Top it off with a vintage looking botanic poster, and a vintage crystal chandelier, and WOW!
Hanging hoya vines look fantastic. Photo credit: unknown
Once inside, create drama and interest with a series of hanging plants, or a series of large identical pots.
And don't forget that filling a corner with a large palm is always a great idea that is elegant and yet simple.
Barcelona loft. Photo credit: vuong.es Plants see here include: ponytail palm, forward, strelitzia in corner, papyrus to the left and what appears to be a ficus of some kind or specifically a fiddle leaf fern on the right.
If your taste runs more in the bohemian direction, or rather ethnic boho (?) jungalow, try propping with an assortment of tropical plants that become sculptures in themselves set against blank walls. Yes, this photo does show a porch, but a similar look could be achieved in any blank corner.
An interesting pot filled with sansevieria. Photo credit: bethkoobydesign.com
And last but not least, don't forget about the bathroom! Whether your space is light-filled like this one, or not, a sansevieria plant can do just fine with very little light, even for a week or more. Bathrooms that lack design (unlike this example, of course) can at the least be transformed into a pleasant space with just a few plants, so get creative!
I happen to love plants and so I could go on and on, but I think I've given you enough inspiration to get those gears turning. And who knows, maybe you'll even have to come up with an event in order to try your hand at decorating with plants, and I for one wouldn't blame you!