Edible Flowers and How to Use Them | Hen Party Food

Everything you need to know about Edible Flowers

For the bohemian brides amongst you, or just those who have a penchant for all things floral, the prettiness of the edible flowers trend will have you inspired in an instant! 

With the rise of edible flowers (a mere scroll down your Instagram feed will confirm their undeniable presence in the wedding industry and beyond) you'll find edible flowers decorating everything from towering cake tiers (from the likes of Cupcake Jemma, Bee’s Bakery and Lily Vanilli) to ice lollies. 

And, I’m sure you have had the same questions running through your minds as us. What do petals even taste like? How do I not end up poisoning myself? Team Hen to the rescue! We’ve done our homework and unleashed our inner Alan Titchmarsh. This blog is full of floral inspiration for you and handy tips in order for you to try this modern phenomenon at home. Plus, keep scrolling down for some of Team Hen's floral hen party decorations, accessories and gift ideas, because the wild floral theme doesn't have to stop there! 

How to know which flowers are edible

Staying away from certain plants was initially our main concern and unless you’re a flower expert I would not chance using certain plants without consulting a reputable source.

In the UK our most trusted and available source is the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

The following link states what flowers you can use from your garden and vegetable patch. https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=764

It is also worth considering where you collect you flowers from.

Ideally we would recommend using ones from your OWN garden.

This way you know what chemicals/pesticides have been used on or near the flowers.

What do flowers and petals taste like?

Truthfully wild flowers don’t taste of much. Yes, plant species such as Lavender and Rose may add a subtle flavour and aroma to food, however their main purpose is to look super pretty!

Crystallising your flowers and petals not only helps preserve their beauty but also makes them taste sweet which is perfect for cake decorating.

Our fave, Cupcake Jemma has a full YouTube tutorial on DIY flower crystallising

How to use edible flowers

Predominantly crystallised flowers are used for cake decoration. Semi-naked cakes and edible flowers go hand in hand as the perfect showstopper on your big day.

Stunning edible flower naked wedding cake from http://www.theorganicweddingcakecompany.com  

You can also freeze your edible flowers in the most beautiful ways…

Brighten up your beverages with flower infused ice cubes! A simple touch of class, perfect for a baby or bridal shower.

Additionally, for a spring or summer celebration you could make floral infused ice lollies.

They are relatively low cost and easy to make, and will inevitably go down a storm with children at your event!

How to grow wild edible flowers

Has this blog inspired you? If you don’t have suitable flowers in your garden, there is no need to be put off! Visit https://www.growwilduk.com  for tips and videos on how to establish you own wild flower garden.

Plan a floral hen party theme with our Floral Hen Collection!

We’re kickstarting the floral hen party theme ideas off with our gorgeous, petal-infused Floral Hen hen party collection. With everything from gorgeous bloom-adorned sashes, photo booth props, photo albums, paper cups and party bags on offer, your bride-to-be and the bride tribe will be over the moon when they spot this blooming display of floral decorations and gifts! Start by checking out our Team Bride Floral Party Bags, perfect for filling to the brim with floral-inspired hen party favours and gifts! 

Discover floral bridal gifts the bride in your life will love... 

Get ready for the bride to fall in love with our beautiful Boho Bride Veil. Flaunting a truly glorious flower crown alongside a whimsical veil, this beauty is perfect for a floral hen party! With dreamy meadow daises and pink roses frolicking across its elegant crown, your bride will also love the fact that the words ‘Bride to be’ sit on the back of the veil in a beautifully scripted font! 

Floral hen party details you won't want to miss out on! 

And the floral hen party theme doesn’t have to stop there! Why not enjoy your cake on one of our sumptuous Boho Hen Party Plates - part of the Boho Hen Collection? And, with the option to buy each plate individually you can cut down on waste and only purchase the exact number you require! 

See our Pinterest Board on all things Edible Flowers for more inspiration! >>

    Photo Credits:
  • http://beesbakery.co.uk/wedding-cake-weddingcake-flowercake-birthdaycake-birthday-londonwedding/#!
  • https://www.rachelhudsoncakes.co.uk/botanical?lightbox=dataItem-iuwuxqw7
  • https://futuremrsplanner.com/diy-floral-ice-cubes/
  • http://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/blog/2012/05/cooling-lollies-ice-cream-popsicles-and-snow-cones-for-a-hot-summer-wedding/