Flowers. I absolutely love everything about them- the colors, the textures, the smells. My house feels naked without them sitting atop every vignette possible. They are the one thing I splurge on, and I am pretty sure The Mister pretends not to notice the weekly purchases.
Easter is coming up, and along with the dyed eggs, and baskets, it isn't complete without a beautiful arrangement for the table. I am going to show you how to whip up a stunning arrangement that is sure to wow your guests.
Finding flowers can be hard, and I really do dream of having a flower district like the ones in San Francisco and New York. Until that day comes, I depend on the local grocery stores and my own yard to source my flowers. Today's arrangement is made up of flowers from Trader Joe's and Wholefoods.
Here are the flowers I used:
You will also need a pretty vase (I love a pedestal), a pair of scissors, and some Oasis foam to help the flowers stay put. You can buy a block of this foam at Michaels or your local craft store. You want to cut it down to the size of your vase and then wedge it in tightly. It doesn't need to stick out of the vase for this kind of arrangement. You also want to soak it in water for about 1 minute.
Now, whenever I do an arrangement, I believe in the power of greens. However, with the amount of colors going on in this arrangement, I didn't want a really bright green. Instead, I used dusty miller to fill the base of the vase. A little tip if you love flowers but don't want to splurge every time you need a green or filler flower- buy plants that you love and put them in pots around your house and then snip from them whenever you need a little green in your arrangement. It won't kill the plants, and you can kill two birds with one stone!
The Japanese maple, forsythia, and quince branches came from my yard. These branches add texture and dimension to an arrangement. I have been known to troll my street for the perfect foliage, and there has been a time or two that I have asked my family or friends if I can cut from their yards.
The stock, iris, freesia, ranunculus, and garden rose make up my main focal and filler flowers for the arrangement.
Notice that I start by filling the vase around the edges will dusty miller. I then place my branches evenly around to create a frame.
Next, put in the garden roses and other focal flowers so that they are spread evenly around the vase. It is important to make sure that you play with different lengths when you cut the stems. It never looks good to have everything one height. Adding different heights of garden roses (above) creates dimension to the arrangement.
The stock and freesia act as fillers and the garden rose and ranunculus spread out beautifully around the arrangement.
Voila! You have a perfect bright arrangement for your Easter table setting!