A Taste of Christmas

Come and see two Masters at work!

Ardkeen Quality Foodstore and Lamber de Bie Flowers invites you to Ardkeen Quality Food Store on Thursday 3rd December from 7-10pm for ‘A Taste of Christmas’, showcasing some of the finest food & wine producers Ardkeen has to offer, and demonstrations by Kevin Dundon, Celebrity Chef, from Dunbrody Country House Hotel and Lamber de Bie, Dutch Master Florist from Lamber de Bie Flowers.

Kevin Dundon – Celebrity Chef

 

Lamber de Bie – Dutch Master Florist

Lamber will raffle all his creations on the night at this exiting event.

(Raffle Tickets Free for all attending !!!)

 

So come along this Thursday to Ardkeen Quality Foodstore in Waterford to seewhat’s instore this Christmas at Ardkeen Quality Foodstore.

A Taste of Christmas’, showcasing some of the finest food & wine producers the store has to offer.

Discover the best wine accompaniments for your Christmas dinner, stock up on the finest festive food and check out cookshops’ seasonal menu – all under one roof.

Chef Kevin Dundon will be here cooking up some festive food, Eamon from Knockanore will be showing us how to make Cheese, Lamber De Bie will add some glamour with fabulous flower arrangements & Kevin Sheridan of Sheridan’s Cheesemongers will be on hand to help you choose your Christmas cheese board. Adding a bit of sparkle, a Champagne Masterclass will be held in Cafe Lucia.

 

 

Lamber de Bie Flowers will be showcasing their range of new Christmas Decorations.             Now at 50% reduced prices.

 

 

 

Margaret will be there on the night to show you some of the nicest Christmas Table Centre Pieces available from Lamber de Bie Flowers at Ardkeen this Christmas.

We would love to see you here, for what we hope will be the kick off to a real festive foodie Christmas.

Please feel free to pass on the invite to your friends – the more the merrier!


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The meaning of flowers for weddings

If you plan to walk down the aisle anytime soon, you should be aware that the flowers you carry might say more than you intended. That’s right; most flowers carry a meaning, or a special significance that has been passed down from generation to generation.

We can trace this back to the Victorian Era. It was improper in those days for a man to come out and tell a lady how he felt, so he would choose a flower with special meaning and send it her instead. Because the meaning of flowers was so well known, the woman receiving them understood the message as clearly as if it was written on a piece of paper.

As every flower lover knows, flowers have a language all of their own. Every sentiment can be expressed with flowers. Wedding flowers are no different. For instance, you wouldn’t want to have yellow carnations at your wedding if you knew that yellow carnations mean disappointment and rejection. Make sure you know what the flowers mean before you use them as your wedding flowers.

There is a reason that roses are the most popular choice of flowers for brides. A white rose stands for innocence, beauty and charm-just the traits every bride wants to portray. A bride that chooses red roses for her wedding flowers is sending a message of passion and of fiery love. If dark pink roses are used for a wedding, the couple is expressing a thankfulness that they found each other.

An ivy coloured Rose stands for fidelity in the marriage-something every new couple strives for. Pink roses mean perfect happiness but yellow roses mean jealousy. Sometimes, it’s not the colour that holds the meaning but the type. A tea rose means I’ll always remember you but a dried white rose means I would rather die than lose my virtue. Rosebuds means beauty and youth but roses signify secrecy and silence.

Roses aren’t the only flowers that hold meaning. Lilies are a very popular wedding flower. The most popular type of lily is the Calla Lily, which means beauty. Most lilies have beautiful meanings. The white lily means it’s heavenly to be with you while the yellow lily means I’m walking on air. Did you know that the day lily is the Chinese symbol for Mother? The tiger lily means wealth and pride.

Not all flowers have negative meanings; there are very few negative meanings for tulips. Tulips in general mean the perfect lover; this might be a good one to tuck into the buttonhole on his tux. Red tulips are a declaration of love while a yellow tulip means there is sunshine in your smile. If you are having a spring wedding, there is simply no better way to express your love for your future spouse than by carrying a bouquet of tulips. They are not only beautiful, but speak of an undying love.

There are some flowers you can just look at and assume you know what they mean. Never be too hasty in assuming anything. For instance, when you look at a cactus you would think that there had to be a negative meaning for it – wrong. A cactus means endurance and forever. This fits if you think about the cactus; they can survive anything.

There are so many different types of wedding flowers that no one could name them all but here are a few more. Peonies mean shame. Orchids are the Chinese symbol for many children.

No matter what wedding flowers you pick, no one is really going to know the meaning unless you tell them. Your wedding flowers, like your wedding, should be memorable and not based on superstition. Finding the meanings of flowers is like being superstitious about the groom seeing the bride in her wedding dress before the wedding. We make our own luck.

As you can see, the flowers that you choose for your wedding will definitely set the mood. Knowing that, before you select your flowers, determine what type of wedding and reception event you want to have. Once you do that, choosing the flowers will be a breeze.

 

Lamber de Bie

Dutch Master Florist

http://www.lamberdebie.com

 

Autumn Theme Wedding

Harvest Theme Wedding Arch

Creating a Arch to welcome all your guest to your wedding venue will be the best welcome you can give your family & friends.

Continuing the theme of the wedding with your Wedding Cake decorations of fresh fruits and leaves coated in eggwhite and sprinkled with sugar. An finish off with some fresh white rose petals.

Lamber de Bie

Dutch Master florist

http://www.lamberdebie.com

Decorating with Apples


Creating your own table decorations is great fun and does not have to cost much, while you can impress your friends with wonderful, creative decorations for your dinner table.

For this display I used the large Night-Lights that burn for 8 hours. (these can be bought in most good supermarkets). Small night-Lights normally only last 2 hours, and there is nothing more annoying than halfway trough your dinner party the candles are finished and the effect of your hard work is lost.

For this display I used 7 small red apples, 10 orange, large headed roses and some large orange/green Oak leaves (these can be bought in any good florist during September trough to the end of November). Alternatively you can look for autumn leaves in your garden or in the park.

Take your Night-Lights out of the metal cup they come in and place this cup upside down on the apple. With a sharp knife follow the edge of the metal cap only to cut through the skin. Next you can push the metal cap into the apple. You than lift the cap (pierce it with a sharp knife, and lift it) and all there is left to empty out the apple so that the night- light fits into the opening.

Before putting the candle into the apple dry the inside with some tissue paper to avoid the wick getting wet.

To stop the apple becoming brown brush very lightly some oil (cooking oil is perfect) over the fresh cut. This will seal it from the air and stop the browning.

Your roses are cut right at the base of the flower so they will stand up on their own.

All there is left than is to play around with the composition on your table.

As the roses are not in water they will not last longer than a day. After your guests have left you can take your roses and leave them floating in a shallow bowl with water so you will get full pleasure from your displays.

Have Fun, and let me know if you have any ideas.

Lamber de Bie

Dutch Master florist

http://www.lamberdebie.com