|You can dye Marguerite Daisies easily!|
In the United States, the national holiday Labor Day falls on the first Monday in September. Labor Day commemorates the achievements of American workers and honors their past and present contributions to making a strong and prosperous nation. It's also symbolically the end of summer, when the school children go back to school after their summer break, when we stop wearing white (not me!), and when we have the last big party of summer! Labor Day parties mean picnics and bar-be-ques with ribs and chicken, cole slaw and potato salad, and ice cream and brownies are a must for dessert! We went to a fun party yesterday and while I didn't manage to get any pictures of the food, I did get pictures of the gorgeous setting and tables. I don't know if I've ever seen a more beautiful garden. Large mature trees dot the property complete with a babbling brook. It was heaven.
The tables were set with yellow and white check tablecloths with a mix of brightly colored napkins to match the brightly colored Marguerite Daisies our hostess placed on the tables. Nature doesn't provide bright turquoise or lime green daisies, but you can easily dye them! Here's how!
How to Dye Crazy Daisies
First prepare the dye water. Fill glasses with a scant cup of warm water. Add drops of food coloring, you will need about 30-40 drops per cup, yes, it has to be very bright and strong. Use fresh white Marguerite Daisies and prepare your flowers by cutting stems to within 12" (or shorter) and removing stem leaves. Cut stem again, this time on the diagonal with a quick sharp cut then immediately immerse in dye water. In just a few hours you'll start to see the daisies change colors as they soak up the colored water. This is a very fun project to do with children. Marguerite Daisies are generally inexpensive and readily available.
|The large mature trees stand along side a creek.|
|There were many inviting places to sit.|
|Potato chips served in plastic children's buckets.|
|In the background all ages play croquet, and bubbles on hand just in case!|
|These paper daisies made me smile.|
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