I’m terrible at arranging flowers, but a floral arrangement, regardless of its size, is often key to a complete tablescape. So through the years I’ve discovered some simple tried and true ways to fake it and incorporate flowers in my decor like a pro. I’d love to share a few of my best flower tricks with you as long as you don’t tell anyone… just kidding, you can tell someone. No, actually, don’t tell anyone.
Try my easy flower tricks at your next gathering and enjoy the pretty pop of color (and the compliments that come your way!).
1. Unless you’re really good with flowers, don’t buy mixed bouquets because they’re too hard to arrange once you get home. Instead, buy a grouping of the same flower (i.e all tulips or all Gerbera daisies). If you want multiple varieties, buy varying colors of the same flower (pink, orange, and yellow tulips) or different flowers in the same color (green hydrangeas, green stock, green roses). You’ll look like a pro.
2. Group flowers and vases in odd numbers. It looks better. Even though it’s odd.
3. Use succulents or air plants. They’re super trendy and don’t cost a lot. Find a tin pail or geometric ceramic pot to put them in, and those beauties will outlive your goldfish or hamster (or whatever pet your child brought home from the school carnival).
4. Trader Joe’s is one of the best places for flowers and plants. First of all, this is my number one go-to for fresh flowers. Also, if I’m running late (or just lazy), I’ll stop by and grab their potted herbs or flowering plants in cute pails. Boom. Best flower hack I know.
5. Costco has great flowers at a great price. You may end up with something other than what you’re looking for (OMG, isn’t this what Costco is famous for?), but the flowers are always good quality and you get a lot for your money. In addition to their flower bunches, they also have nice pre-arranged bouquets. They usually come in decent glass or pot vessels that you can re-use. In a pinch, this is a great option.
6. Sometimes the simplest things can make the biggest impression. For example, I have five small white ceramic bud vases with a small neck but wide base. I’ll throw one big flower (like a daisy or hydrangea) in each, line them up on my table or kitchen island, and I’m done.
Ok, I Really Need a Florist
7. If you really, really, really don’t want to do it yourself, visit your local florist and ask if they have any older arrangements that haven’t sold. Chances are, they’d be willing to sell them at a discount. Check with smaller florists – a good friend of mine arranges flowers out of her home, Petals, and I love supporting her. One of my favorite floral shops in Phoenix, Camelback Flower Shop, has a flower happy hour every Friday where they sell small wrapped arrangements for a reasonable price until they’re gone. Genius! And perfect for that weekend party!