By Jill Brooke
Like flowers in nature, Robert Carroll of Felice Design Studio is adaptive.
Realizing that large events which is the bread and butter for florists were going to evaporate or diminish, he shifted gears and created something quite clever.
He and his team decided to pair specialty drinks with fab florals. It’s called his “Happy Hour Collection.”
In fact, even with smaller crowds gathering for gatherings, one should still have style.
Furthermore, while people aren’t going to concerts, shows or big parties, they are eating at home more often and entertaining in smaller groups.
Here are some of his creations to accompany popular drinks such as a Sangria or Mimosa for Sunday brunch.
The simple idea of having a signature drink along with a pretty floral elevates any ho-hum party to something special. And easy peasy too.
Based in Long Island City, New York, Felice Design Studio was launched in 2017.
“I’m a formally trained architect with floral and event design experience and wanted to harness those skills after being a project manager for many years,” he says. “I named the company after my great grandfather, Felice Lasaracina. He was born in Bari, Italy and emigrated to the United States in 1920. He was an artist with many passions including painting and marble sculpting. The word ‘felice’ also means ‘happy’ in Italian, and has become the driving force behind what we do every day: to make people happy with our designs.”
But here’s the surprise. This collection is with faux flowers. Felice Design Studio is known for his authentic reproductions and has clients who include Benjamin Steak Houses, Sarabeth’s, Del Frisco’s and even Delmonico’s.
No matter how you perk up a room – do it with flowers. And then add giggles and cocktails. You can even add some peony vodkas to the drink or any other floral-infused alcohol to make it even sweeter and better.
Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD.