The Flower Chef

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This post was made possible by Blogger Babes. I received a complimentary copy of The Flower Chef in exchange for my honest review. Thoughts are 100% my own.

I am constantly looking for ways to improve as a hostess and as a decorator.  One of my favorite things to have at most of the parties that I host are flowers.  However, flower arrangements have not been my strong suit.  Whether I am searching for inspiration at an event or I am looking on pinterest for some ideas, nothing catches my eye like a beautiful display of flowers.  When I was given the opportunity to blog about The Flower Chef by Carly Cylinder I was so excited!  With this book I am taking my flower arranging skills to the next level.

Upon hearing about this book I was very intrigued by the name.  Would this book be about edible flowers?  As it turns out Carly watched Julia Child growing up.  When she thought about writing her own book she realized that while people like Julia helped others at home learn to cook, no one was doing that with flowers.  To me a successful person is someone who realizes that something does not exist and takes it upon themselves to create it instead of waiting for someone else to do it.  That is exactly what Carly has done with her book.

She has put together a unique book that can be beneficial and enjoyable for both beginners and professionals.  The pages are filled with beautiful creations.  Similar to a cooking book next to each floral arrangement you will find a list of ingredients you will need, as well as how long it will take to put together.  You will also see whether or not the flowers needed are in season.  The level of difficulty and cost are listed as well.  Step by step instructions are included to help you achieve success.

You might be thinking “Wow! That sounds great but I don’t think I would do a good job.”  Unlike with cooking or baking I cannot see how you can go wrong with beautiful flowers.  I would encourage you to start with a one of the low cost arrangements with a low level of difficulty and go from there.  Sometimes when you find books like this it can be discouraging. The pictures are stunning but your final product looks nothing like them. As I was looking through the book I felt encourage and inspired. All types of budgets and skills seem to have been taken into account when the flower arrangements were put together. My hope is that you too can be encouraged and inspired by this book as well.

Those of you who are familiar with My Belle Elle know how much I love all things Hollywood.  I was thrilled to find an arrangement in the book called Audrey’s Roses.  Audrey Hepburn is one of my favorite movie stars.  I love how Carly describes this arrangement

“This bouquet is like one of my favorite actresses, Audrey Hepburn: classic, simple, and timeless.”  The Flower Chef page 47

I cannot wait for the perfect occasion to try out Audrey’s Roses.
Thank you to the Blogger Babes for letting me be a part of this book tour. If you are a blogger and are looking for a great community to join, I highly recommend you request to join this fabulous group. I want to wish the best of luck to all who enter the contests. I am so happy to share that this book receives my stamp of approval!


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This post was made possible by Blogger Babes. I received a complimentary copy of The Flower Chef in exchange for my honest review. Thoughts are 100% my own.

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38 thoughts on “The Flower Chef

  • Toni

    Looks like a great book! I just bought a new house and this would be great! I have never really arranged flowers but would love to try!

  • candy

    Appreciate your honest view point. Decorating with fresh flowers isn’t something I do tons of but I do love them.

  • Maya

    Wow! This is such a great and creative book idea! I’ve been wanting to bring more flowers into my house…this book would be very helpful to me! Hope I win!

  • Danielle Greco

    This book looks awesome!! My best friend Sarah started a floral business about a year ago! I am so proud of her :) she did the flowers at our wedding and did an amazing job. I sooo want to win the book to gift it to Sarah! She’d love it!! Thanks for sharing
    Danielle |

  • chloe | boxwood avenue

    OMG I am so excited to be able to enter! I love love love arranging flowers – I have some awesome DIY arrangement videos coming up on my blog! This is a great giveaway!

  • Tiffany

    What a great book! I am such an avid reader myself and this is a topic I am often really lost in. What an awesome giveaway!

  • Robin Masshole Mommy

    I have to get a copy of that book. It sounds awesome!!

  • tara pittman

    This book would be great for decorating for parties. I would love to learn more about flowers.

  • Amy Jones

    Looks like a great read! ill give it a look. I also love arranging flowers, my house is always filled with the aroma of them gosh ! i might write a post about it =) thanks for sharing!

  • Elizabeth O.

    Sounds great, who doesn’t love flowers right? And learning how to arrange flowers is a lot of fun, especially since you can also give it as gift to the special ladies in your life. Like mom!

  • Ana De- Jesus

    I know my friend who is a florist would love to win this prize because she considers herself to be a flower chef anyway!

  • Jessica Harlow

    I would love this book! I’m an avid lover of flowers but struggle when putting together the jaw-dropping displays I see! I’d love to be able to recreate some of the beautiful arrangements!

  • Psychic Nest

    Hi Elle,

    This looks like a fantastic book! You review is amazing, I really consider buying the Flower Chef. Thank you!


  • Lisa L.

    This book is a great idea. I’ve tried to have flowers in my house before, but the few times I attempted it just looks like I put flowers in to a vase. Nothing like I see other people do. Nothing I would even use the word arrangement to describe. So this book could be very useful to me.

  • Bernadette Callahan

    We decorate with flowers all the time, sometimes store bought and other times just ones we grab outside. There are so many things you can do with them.

  • Marielle Altenor

    This book would be awesome to have. I don’t do a lot of parties and I suck at decorating but I so love to be able to do flower arrangements/centerpieces. Just something nice to have around the house to make it looks pretty!

  • Rosey

    What a fun concept!! I love everything about this, I’m going up to enter the giveaway. Thank you for the intro.

  • Carolsue

    I’ve always wanted to try out flower arranging — this looks like a great place to start.

  • Sola

    I’m trying to get int event planning and flowers are a huge part of that. Can’t wait to read and learn!

  • Kathy Kenny Ngo

    Oh man I would love to have a copy of that book. It’s like one of those perfect coffee table books you want to have at home.

  • Attachment Mummy

    I do love cut flowers in the house, but do tend to just shove them in a vase. This book would hopefully encourage me to do something a bit different!