Good Flowers And Good Manners

May 25, 2011

simple floral arrangement

When invited to someone’s house for the first time it’s traditionally good manners to bring a gift of some sort. Now, you could bring a candle of a bottle of wine but, I much prefer flowers. They are so happy and you will be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like them. Picking out a nice arrangement or bouquet may seem like a lot of work but it’s actually very simple. Just follow these tips.

1. Bright or white. Decide whether you want to give a brightly colored bouquet or a white bouquet. Bright colors should be mixed and matched while white flowers should be kept monochromatic to keep it elegant. If you’re going bright, I suggest tulips, gerbera daisies, and hydrangea. If you decide on white, white tulips, daisies, or lilies make the prettiest bouquets.

2. Remember a vase. Even if you’re probably sure they have a vase, it’s always nice to bring one with you just in case. You can find inexpensive and elegant vases at any grocery store floral department.

3. Only use babies breath with roses. It adds a nice splash of white and make the bouquet look more refined. However, it can go quickly wrong in other floral bouquets so I usually advice people who don’t want a lot of struggle to only use babies breath in rose arrangements.

4. Choose color based on season. If you decided to go with a bright bouquet, choose your colors based on the season. For Fall go with reads and oranges, for Spring greens and pinks, for Winter blues and whites, for Summer yellow and red.

5. Small doesn’t mean tacky. If you’re low on funds, don’t worry, small and simple arrangements can be just as stunning and larger expensive ones. I recommend choosing one color and one type of flower and then arranging them in a tight ball in a small vase. It looks simple but not cheap, a great way to give a gift without going broke.

Anyone else have some helpful flower-giving tips??

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