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.
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.
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.