Floral Designs Made Easy

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To inspire floral designs and create a few of my own, I have been honing my creativity with my new Floral Design Toolkit.

Created by Sarah von Pollaro, a prominent florist whose designs have adorned the White House, the Kennedy Center, and the Macy's Flower show, this kit is for the flower-challenged. Sarah wants to demystify the art of floral arranging so that anyone on any budget can experience the the joy of flowers.

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The complete kit includes the essentials for floral design with floral clippers, floral tape, floral picks, floral wire, and bands, and a Kit Club access code which unlocks online videos on basic techniques, tips, and tricks of floral design.

My daughter and I loved creating our own imaginative designs with fruit and veggies thanks to the floral picks and old sticks thanks to the floral wire. I personally loved the tips with a recipe for homemade flower food, and bright, fun care reminders and floral basics that are included in the kit such as Flower Care 101, How to Make a Tape Grid, and even how a newbie, like myself, can make a Hand Tied Arrangement.

Following the simple instructions, I purchased some flowers from a local flower store and then started by angling the bouquet. Through the instructions, I then made a dome-like shape, cut the stems and held them together with the enclosed rubber bands. As someone who never complied an arrangement, it was that easy!

I also loved how the kit makes this process fun and inspiring as well as how it breaks how simple floral arrangements techniques can be. Not only easier, it is also a cheaper and personal way to go where you can experiment with various techniques and new flowers for less than it would cost to use a florist.

Through the kit, I was able to experiment and have fun with flowers while also learning and creating something unique. As a new skill, I am excited to test out floral arranging for parties as well as a personal arrangement to display in my home

The accompanying website, www.flowerempowered.com, is also a fantastic online resource. You'll find a collection of ideas from holiday how-tos to tips on what vases are the easiest to use meant to provide continuous inspiration.

$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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More Floral Design Tips

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.

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.

For kiddie parties, keep things colorful.  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!

Bring your own vase. 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.

Get inspired. The blogosphere is full of talented designers. A quick search led me to Flower Duet.

Keep them fresh.Real Simple has a good list of tips.

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We were given a sample for the purposes of this review.

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