Floral arrangement: a gorgeous Marie-Antoinette bouquet

Art floral : un bouquet Marie-Antoinette

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When you mention Marie-Antoinette, it instantly brings an aura of French romanticism, conjuring up fantasies of roses, ribbons and silk. It is all about poetry and extravagance.

We know that the former Queen of France had a lot of taste and that she especially loved soft colors like pastel pink, gray and light green. For this reason, the flowers that are used here bring a touch of pink and white, which are perfect for this theme.

A Marie-Antoinette bouquet should be rustic and chic at the same time. Think Hameau de la Reine in Versailles or her portraits by Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun and you will understand.

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This is a perfect floral arrangement for May and June as peonies and roses are in full bloom and are enhanced by other more simple flowers. When you make a floral arrangement, it should always be a question of balance: bohemian and elegant, tall and short, « noble » flowers and wild ones…

This bouquet is perfect on a round table in an entryway at the start of summer. When you look at it, you see the beautiful combination of pink and white and even better you can smell the roses and sweet peas. Imagine walking into your mas provençal with a summer dress, barefoot, a straw hat and this fabulous bouquet in your hands. It’s the epitome of a French summer day…

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You can also make various bouquets instead of a single big one for a beautiful table setting. After the bouquets are made, add candles in candlesticks of various heights, roll napkins with grosgrain ribbons and add a peony or a rose (without thorns).  

I would also use a Toile de Jouy tablecloth for a more romantic effect and hook a light string above the table with pastel ribbons hanging from there. 

So if you want to make this bouquet, here is a list of the flowers that were used:

  • Peonies
  • Roses
  • Astilbe
  • Viburnum
  • Osmenthus
  • Lisianthus
  • Sweet peas
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