Floral phobia? Don’t be intimidated by arranging flowers! This simple guide to how-to arrange flowers will show you how to arrange flowers like a pro! Flowers can be a big part of a party’s budget–arranging flowers yourself will keep down your costs. Purchase your flowers from the grocery store–they may not look like much in the store, but they can be easily transformed into a beautiful centerpiece!
If you are a beginner, here are the basic tips for how-to arrange flowers you can follow to insure your flowers look like a pro’s:
- Rather than choosing a mixed bouquet, choose the same type of flower.
- Rather than creating multicolored flower arrangements, choose one color.
- Avoid buying flowers that have been dyed funky colors–unless it is St. Patrick’s Day!
- Don’t be shy about using single blooms in bud vases, small glasses or votive candle holders. Line them up or group them on tables.
- Trim your flower stems to be equal length. Hold them in your hand as if you are making a wedding bouquet and place them in a narrow vase.
- Slender or narrow shaped vessels are much easier to arrange flowers in than wide.
- For long stems, allow them to arch out of the vase
Essential Vessels That you will use Time and Again:
- A tall, fluted shape column, slightly wider on top than on the bottom.
- A ginger jar with a narrow neck–it works well with about any large arrangement as well as branches.
- A tall, glass cylinder, at least 24 inches high, for arranging flowers such as calla lilies, gladiolus and branches.
- A short (no taller than 8 inches) vase for creating a table centerpiece. You want the flowers to be low enough that your guests can see across the table.
- Multiple bud vases or votive candle holders– cluster them together for a centerpiece or place them alone.