Floral designs for a vintage-inspired tea party

Here at Melbourne Art Class, we offer a number of short courses in Floral Design, and last month Florist Carolyn Howells held a vintage-inspired Floral Design Tea Party Workshop at our Richmond studio!Tea Party

Table décor is often a talking point at any event, and floral designs can make such a unique difference to a setting.

Tea parties can look elaborate, even with the smallest budget, and Carolyn aimed to inspire the students’ next event with a number of creative floral designs!


Carolyn brought the outdoors in with three vintage-style floral design pieces that will bring life to any Vintage Tea Party setting. Take a look at the beautiful designs from the workshop that the students were thrilled with!

Tea Party 1

Tea Party 2








Our next Floral Design Workshop
Carolyn’s next Floral Design Workshop will be held on Saturday 17th September and we are really excited about it!

It’ll be held over two Saturdays and you will learn how to create a number of designs, including small glass hanging terrariums, bamboo structure and tropical flower arrangements.

You can find out more and enrol here: https://melbourneartclass.com/advanced-floral-design-workshop/ !

Please note that enrolments close on Wednesday 14th September at 8am because we pre-order flowers.

We look forward to seeing you at the next workshop!


MAC’s Recent Wedding Flower Workshop

Earlier in September I attended MAC’s first Wedding Flower Workshop with florist Carolyn Howells.

My previous experience with flowers was only limited to painting them so I did not know what to expect. After four hours under Carolyn’s tutelage, I now have the utmost respect for florists and their strong fingers! Carolyn’s approach to teaching is to pass on flower arranging techniques of the highest industry standard.
Rach creating a rose corsage
There were people with varying degrees of experience with floristry design, and Carolyn was very welcoming and patient with absolute beginners (myself included).

The workshop focused on roses, and we each had four bunches of beautiful white roses to work with. We were shown how to make leaves shine (with olive oil) and how to wire and tape them to prepare for the bouquet.

After preparing each rose (all thirty of them), the bouquet came together quickly and Carolyn provided ribbon and pins to finish it off.

The class was in awe of the bouquets we made and they are still holding together now, and opening beautifully. Wedding Roses BouquetWe also created a matching corsage with two leaves and a smaller rose; I never realised just how much work is behind such a small piece. Carolyn provided each student with a gift box and demonstrated how to present the bouquet with white tissue paper, which was a lovely finishing touch and very professional. We were all very pleased to take home what we had made!

What surprised me about the class was the amount of wedding bouquet horror stories everybody had to share. People relayed their wedding days when past flower arrangements fell apart, wilted, and even had wiring work showing – and they were all describing professionally arranged bouquets which they had paid for. The wiring and taping technique Carolyn taught us is exactly how we should expect  wedding bouquets to be made. I am glad I have not yet needed a wedding bouquet; thanks to Carolyn I now know how to recognise a correctly arranged bouquet!

This workshop really opened my eyes to the art of floristry and I am really looking forward to attending MAC’s upcoming Vintage-themed Wedding Flower Workshop, which will focus on a mixed seasonal flower and herb bouquet, vintage-style table designs, matching corsage and more.

Written by Lauren Ottaway