A Late Summer Fête

Amy osaba

The name Amy Osaba carries a lot of weight in the floral design and wedding world, but some may know her from the stage. Today she is the creative director and owner of the eponymous floral and event design company based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Osaba was a ballerina for the Joffrey, Cleveland/San Jose and Atlanta ballet companies in an earlier career. When she retired, she dabbled in creative mediums and found comfort and ease working with flowers. Osaba admits it’s probably the result of a childhood spent playing on her grandmother’s day lily farm. It was the right move. A career in floral design allowed her to mesh her passions for nature and movement. Her designs are often featured on HGTV, OnceWed and Design Sponge and have made her a popular pin topic on Pinterest.

As the end of summer neared, Osaba hosted a kid-friendly afternoon fête in her Atlanta loft. The hostess, who has an affable way with people, set the tone for a warm and gracious gathering. The party started with a signature cocktail named the Mango Champagne Float, and Osaba, a mother of three boys, prepared a tasty organic blackberry mocktail for the children. A clever bow and arrow craft project for the children captured the attention of the adults as well.

amy osaba table

Osaba knows how to set a theatrical scene. Our main table was covered in coral charm peonies, blue delphinium and yellow orchids, as well as poppies, ranunculi, oranges, tulips, sweet pea, fritillaria, hellebores, rose hips and jasmine. Fruit adorned the center of the table like an Italian still life. Clementine segments served as holders for the handwritten place cards. Modern candelabras and votives illuminated the table. A foraged branch, a signature Amy Osaba touch, became a leafy garland floating
over the table.

We were treated to an end-of-summer menu, which included butternut squash soup, tomato tartlets and focaccia with arugula and balsamic vinaigrette. For dessert, a caramel apple strudel bar was passed around the table by one of Osaba’s dashing young sons.

Click here to see Amy Osaba’s summer dinner up close.

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