What’s my guilty pleasure, you ask? Flowers! Flowers! And more flowers! They just instantaneously pretty up any room. However, my obsession can get pretty costly so I’ve found ways to not break the bank and still get what I want. Enter the grocery store blooms! Truth be told, they aren’t always in the best shape but they certainly fill the void plus a good size bunch will always run you less than $20 bucks!Here are the tricks to the trade. You will have your blooms looking like they came straight out of the flower shop!
- Buy flowers that have a long shelf life. Since, the grocery store isn’t your fancy florist, I’ve found that flowers like Hydrangeas, Baby’s Breath (down below), and Carnations (totally making a comeback!) all last pretty long. Given the color array of hydrangeas and carnations, you can achieve pretty much any look you are going for!
- To ensure they last as long as possible, add a couple of drops of vodka (Yes, vodka—It completely kills the bacteria), cut stems at an angle, and remove leaves that will be submerged in water.
- Stay within one color scheme, one type of flower. Sounds trivial I know, but I find that it gives off a more cohesive, trendier look and who doesn’t want that! Of course, you can choose more than one type and pair them to your liking, but I usually keep it easy by sticking to one type!
- To really achieve that “pro” look use the father, mother, and child technique—a method I learned at a “Styling Flowers Workshop.” Cut your blooms in three different heights ensuring that your shortest bloom is cut about an inch higher than the rim of your vessel—the child. Cut the mother half an inch taller than the child and the father another half an inch taller than the mother. Arrange the flowers in your vase from shortest to tallest. Children go around the rim, mothers go nestled in between each child and fathers between the mothers. Done and done!
- It’s not only about the flowers but it’s all about the “vases” you style them in. I am always looking for new containers and when in doubt I mosey on down to Home Goods. I will always find a decent size highball glass that totally does the trick. For instance, this gold polka dot one cost me only $3 bucks! Don’t have a Home Goods by you, a mason jar is super cute and extremely affordable—can be found by the dozens at Target. I also find that “containers” I have around the house, work as well. As an example, I’m notorious for putting my flowers in candle votives. I usually buy candles and once they are done I go ahead and use them for fresh flowers.
- Now, go on put these puppies around your home! Coffee table, side table, nightstand, kitchen counter, you name it and they are a perfect fit!
Till next time event fashionistas!
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