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Last week I had the delightful opportunity to attend a Floral Design class and lunch in Tribeca through Airbnb Experiences. Experiences are excursions or other activities designed and led by local hosts. Hosts give guests unique access to places and communities in their city. Check out the site to book one in your own city or while you’re on vacation!

Sylvia, our florist and Frances, a food photographer and cook, hosted a lovely morning in their spacious Tribeca loft…. Sylvia is the daughter of a florist and gardener and owns floral design & travel business, Cape Lily. Food was catered by Frances’ company Leonard Street Provisions.

Below, a look at my first attempt at floral design! The workshop was so inspiring. Not only do I now make rooibus iced tea on the weekends, but I’m also experimenting with different bouquets in my home! Click here to find an experience in your hometown or on your next vacation.


Tea Time

Frances served  rooibus tea with fresh lemons and  we snacked on Proscuito Wrapped Watermelon and Watermelon and Feta appetizers.

Floral Crowns

We were guided through a tutorial on making our own flower crowns by Sylvia of the floral boutique, Cape Lily. Something I’ve been wanting to do for years! This is definitely for you if you want to embrace your creativity and learn floral design insider tips, create flower crowns, and enjoy summer rolls with fresh edible flowers at a NY botanical workshop.


Lunch: Summer Rolls

Frances walked us through creating our own summer rolls. I can’t wait to make these this summer! Here’s a quick recipe:


Sauteed Mushrooms
Sweet Peppers
Basil leaves
Fresh Dill
Shaved Carrots
4 ounces dried rice stick noodles or rice vermicelli.


  1. Dip a sheet of rice paper into cold water for 10 seconds. Turn it and dip remaining section, then lay on a plate.
  2. Working on bottom third of rice paper, spread your fresh ingredients. Fold up bottom edge to cover, then fold in the sides. Roll tightly. Continue with remaining ingredients.
  3. Serve rolls right away with dipping sauce and lime wedges.

About the Experience from AirBNB:

Join us in our quintessential New York artist’s loft in Tribeca for 2 hours of slow flowers and slow food immersion. Sylvia will show you how to create gorgeous flower crowns from locally sourced, seasonal blooms, sharing tricks and techniques from her floral profession. Once we’ve worked up an appetite Frances will show us how to make Vietnamese summer rolls using herbs and edible flowers and give you industry secrets on taking the best pictures of your beautiful creations using a smart phones or SLR. The workshop will leave you feeling creatively inspired and enable you to take the slow flowers & slow food principles we practice home with you.


Photography by France Janisch @francesjanisch


Nia Lawrence has over 10 years of experience working as an Art Director at some of the top magazinesin New York City. She was responsible for creating visual content for companies such as Real Simple, Latina, Redbook, Women's Health, Martha Stewart Living, Suede and Victoria's Secret.. ​ Brooklyn, NY is home to the mom of one who currently runs the Nia Lawrence Design Studio, a print and digital marketing company.

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