To inspire floral designs and create a few of my own, I have been honing my creativity and arranging more flowers at home. Whether it's for a dinner party, or simply to make your house more vibrant, flowers are always a good idea.
10 Floral Design Tips for Newbies
I always have vase on the table when I am entertaining at home. I think of it as a thank you to myself for organizing an event. And if it is a kiddie party it’s a nod to the adults in attendance that I care about my home. Here are my tips for using flowers as decor at a birthday party.
- Start with the green stuff. Begin your arrangement with the greens and then add the color and blooms. It'll help with spacing.
- Use rubber bands to help keep your arrangement together. Once you create the shape you want in your hands, cut the stems and hold them together with rubber bands.
- Angle it! Cutting stems sharp scissors at an angle. This will expose more of the stem to water and allow it to "drink" more.
- Create a tape grid. It's a handy way to divide up the space in your vase. Check out this instructional article.
- Strip the leaves. Anything below the water line should be trimmed. This will cut down on bacteria production (and smelly water). To see how to strip leaves head here.
- If you are on a budget stick to a single flower bunched together. I can always find relatively cheap tulips here in NYC. I pick one color and buy a few bunches. At $7 a bunch it make a room come alive.
- Opt for seasonal. My little girl is always thrilled to come pick out flowers. If there is time I take them to the farmers market. My July-daughter likes sunflowers–perfect! When you shop in season they will look better and last longer.
- Shorter is Easier. Don't go for a super tall arrangement on your first go-round. Lower arrangements are easier to deal with.
- Get inspired. The blogosphere is full of talented designers. A quick search led me to Flower Duet.
- Keep them fresh. Cut the stems as often as you can, and try to change the water daily. Get more tips for making your arrangement last.
$20 Flower Arrangement
Sometimes going to a florist doesn't make sense. For a recent party, I made this quick and easy sunflower arrangement for $20. Placing the flowers into the vase took me about 5 minutes and an arrangement like this would have cost at least $50.
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One more Flower hack for Busy Moms
Momtrends Tip: If you are in a pinch and can't (or don't want to DIY) remember to bring your own vase to the flower shop. If you are using a florist, drop off a favorite vase or other decorative item. Another idea for inspiration is to give your florist a copy of the invite so he/she can see the color scheme.
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