Each year at Caspari we celebrate Virginia’s Historic Garden Week by hosting a floral exhibition in our Downtown Charlottesville shop. We opened our doors and gather to celebrate the arrival of spring and highlight the incredible talent of local florists, landscape designers, and our very own local Garden Clubs. As we planned for the event this year inspiration struck when we were reminded of the grandeur of the Royal Horticulture Society’s annual Chelsea Flower Show. We decided to bring a little piece of London to the streets of the Charlottesville Downtown Mall with the theme “Little Chelsea”.
During the hustle and bustle of coordinating the event, our friends at The Scout Guide introduced us to Allison of Hillbrook Collections and we instantly knew we had a new partner. Thus, the Caspari Garden Folly began its journey from dream to Garden Week reality. A designer of Bespoke Garden Sheds, Allison creates finely crafted, stunningly beautiful garden structures in both American and European designs. Together, Caspari President, Lisa, and Allison sat down to design the Caspari Garden Folly, which has a traditional French garden influence. Airy and open, the folly features paned floor to ceiling windows on all four sides, with the front and back sides opening up via a pair of French doors. The exterior features a beautiful Luxembourg Garden-inspired green finish, a sloping cedar shingled roof, and two copper pineapple finials. The final result left us gushing over Allison's work and beaming about the centerpiece of "Little Chelsea".
We placed the folly in the center of the store and our amazing partners at J.W. Townsend Landscaping flanked it and the store's doors with two beautiful plant-filled urns and two fourteen foot tall maple trees. The trees boldly framed the entry to the event, drawing the eyes up and creating a canopy of green that transformed the space into a shaded secret garden path.
The result of Townsend Landscaping's work was a breathtaking and whimsical welcome to "Little Chelsea"
Throughout the store, our additional partners took over display tables with beautiful botanical designs! Moving between each unique space was reminiscent of traversing a neighborhood pathway from personal backyard garden to personal backyard garden. We especially loved the character of LH Garden's display, as their charmingly dressed wooden mannequins made you want to give a little wave as you would if passed a neighbor tending their front flowerbeds. Their tiered table was topped with colorful hydrangeas and towering delphiniums that invited you to stop and smell the flowers.
The team at Monticello set a window front table in topiaries, ferns, and greenery accented by a bouquet of bright tulips. The elegantly styled table reflected the well-trimmed beauty of their own sprawling estate gardens. terracotta pots and cement urns gave the look a lovely stone foundation.
Catherine Bolton set a table in rich green and purple tones. Draped with a damask textured fabric cloth, the simple table's crown jewel was a large patinaed urn with elaborately scrolling handles full of greenery, purple blooms, and fragrant white lilies. A charming cluster of cherubs was perched at the table's corner and accented with more lovely botanicals.
Throughout the shop, we decorated our own share of tables in various styles ranging from exotic and tropical looks to classic pink & green floral settings.
We immensely enjoyed welcoming spring through the celebration of Historic Garden Week and having the opportunity to host the Charlottesville community and highlight it's local talent. We thank all those who attended and participated in making this beautiful event happen! We can't wait to see the blooms and friendly faces that next year brings.
Since 1945 Caspari has been creating beautiful product lines for elegant entertaining. Through the years, we’ve learned a thing or two about ABCs of throwing a party or hosting an event. In the midst of the holiday season, it’s easy to find yourself in a hosting situation and even easier to feel for the job unprepared during such a busy time of the year. Not to worry, because we’ve broken down the most important steps of hosting from A to Z and a list of the pieces needed to perfectly executie each one.
An invitation is an event’s ambassador. They go out to provide attendees with information about your event and they give them their first impression, before arriving, about what type of event it will be. Caspari invitations start celebrations off right. Printed on quality cardstock and adorned with illustrations and artwork for a variety of occasions, our beautiful invitations set the tone of your gathering for everyone on the guest list. Say exactly what you need to say from “let’s get wild” to “you should wear a tie” by selecting the perfect invitation to represent your entertaining occasion.
Once you’ve chosen the style of your event and sent out an invitation to convey it, it’s time to set the environment accordingly. Caspari tabletop accents & home décor collections add warmth and style to the atmosphere. Through-color candles, die-cut placemats, and felt-backed coasters help create a celebratory setting as well as a color palette.
Wrap, bag, and tag gifts for your guests, the hostess, and more. From tissue to tags, our gift wrap collections cover giving in every shape and size. Certainly you’ve heard that you should never show up empty-handed to a get-together. Always be a gracious guest by keeping Caspari bottle bags on hand at home. They are perfect for putting together a fast and thoughtful gift for any occasion—just add wine.
Place the perfect palette on your tabletop with coordinating napkins, plates, and place cards. Your tabletop is the perfect place to continue with your color scheme or event’s theme. Our beautiful and durable paper dinnerware is modeled after fine porcelain and printed with safe water-based inks. The designs and colors coordinate with other styles throughout our collections to ensure a cohesive style for your event. Plus, they make clean up a breeze.
Bring on the fun with Caspari favor bags and celebration crackers! These are little details you won’t want to skip when hosting a successful party or event. Create an interactive table with trinket-filled celebration crackers, and send your guests home with fun favor bags that coordinate with your gathering’s look. These will be the little extras they remember.
The finishing touch is a warm thank you card or boxed note. Thank your guests for celebrating, dining, and spending time with you when you send a beautifully printed and finely designed Caspari card. Or, if you’re a guest, thank your host or hostess for opening their home up to you. Each style features an artwork, pattern, or illustration from an artist or museum around the world that is sure to make an impression.
From start to finish, you can host an expertly coordinated holiday event effortlessly. Our full product lines are created through fine design, beautiful art, quality craftsmanship, and years of event planning experience. They ensure that you’ll find a supply to suit every moment of your event from invite to end. Happy holidays and even happier hosting from the Caspari Team!