One of the fringe benefits of hosting a dinner party is that afterward I usually have more flowers around than I normally do. Since I usually buy a few bunches to create a centerpiece, and often guests will bring a bouquet or two, this gives me an opportunity to divide and rearrange and spread them around the house for maximum enjoyment. Of course, there are also those days that I don’t have time to play around with flowers and I just want to get them in fresh water. They are still pretty. Anyway, I wanted to share some ideas for using all your flowers in different vases.
Here is what I started with recently:
The arrangement below is one of two identical arrangements.
I started with a few taller vases and a couple of smaller ones. I began with these three, but as you will see more were needed.
The mums are long stemmed so this taller vase was called for.
Then I went around the house finding the right spot for them.
These gerbera daisies are peeking around in the master bedroom.
And these gerberas add a cheerful presence to my office. Gerberas look beautiful in any size vase, don’t they?
I ended up liking the stock in this silver vase the best, after playing around with it in some other containers.
Alstromeria always makes a great loose, informal kind of arrangement.
This is one of the arrangements I tried with the stock. I like it better in the silver vase though.
One flower in a small vase is kind of adorable sometimes.
Did you notice that all of the arrangements were composed of a single type of flower? I didn’t start out to do that, but each type of flower seemed to lend itself to a certain vase. The purity of it was quite appealing.
All but one of the containers came from a thrift store! I always look for unique vessels for flowers when I’m shopping in thrift stores. I try to find two or three that are similar in size and color so that I can use them on the dining table. It’s hard to tell but I found glass containers for this early summer arrangement from a few months ago.
It’s always a pleasure to have flowers around, isn’t it? I hope you found some inspiration to help you enjoy them even more.