Pretty Flowers

by HEAB on May 21, 2015

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I know next to nothing about flowers, much less how to arrange them.  However, I LOVE fresh flowers, and I’m always finding an excuse to put them around the house…my excuse usually just being the simple fact that I love them.  Anyway, after hosting a number of wedding and baby showers over the years, I’ve learned that purchasing arrangements from a florist is crazy expensive.  And as a flower novice, the thought of doing my own arrangements totally intimidated me.  BUT, I really wanted to make the showers and parties I was hosting more affordable.  So, after a good friend helped me make arrangements for my sister-in-law’s bridesmaid’s luncheon (and by help, I mean she did them all by herself while I watched in-between chasing after kids), I decided I would never spend more than $20 on flowers again.

Bridesmaid’s brunch…

My friend’s tips: Buy flowers that are in season, and you can often find beautiful flowers on sale at the grocery store.  Use lots of greenery, rubber bands work great (as long as you’re using opaque vases) to hold arrangements in place, and a little sugar added to the water keeps the flowers looking fresh a bit longer (but can make the water cloudy, and so I don’t use sugar in my clear vases/jars).

Often times, when I want something simple, I just cut greenery from our backyard or gather wild flowers from along the public greenway path near our house…

Wild flowers?  Weeds?  Not sure, but they looked sweet as the centerpiece for a dinner get-together we hosted…

Last year, I helped a friend host a small wedding shower.  We bought a few $3.00 bunches of flowers from the grocery store and arranged them in glass jars, big and small, placing them all over the house. They looked so delicate and pretty.

Another tip that can save time and money when hosting a party: order cupcakes with buttercream frosting from the grocery store bakery (Publix makes excellent cupcakes if you have one near you), and then customize them yourself.  For the above cupcakes, I added squares of Heath candy bars (the bride’s favorite) and used a lemon zester to add chocolate shavings.

Other helpful posts I’ve come across: This blog post about tiny flowers made me want to run to the flea market and start hoarding cool glass bottles and jars (instead I just save friend’s Tazo Tea and Kombucha bottles), and a few weeks ago, Emily Henderson wrote a great post about how to make a last minute flower arrangements for Mother’s Day.  I used her chicken wire tip for the arrangements below, and it worked great.

Less than $15.00 worth of flowers and greenery from Trader Joe’s turned into the arrangements below…

Another tip – go to Goodwill or other thrift stores for your flower vessels.  They are so inexpensive and you can find some really pretty vases and or jars for less than a couple of dollars.

Some photos from the shower…

And several days later, I’m still enjoying them…

Hope this helps others out there who freak about blowing the budget when it comes to flowers.  Again, I know nothing about floral arrangements (heck, I can’t even keep my basil plant alive), but I wanted to pass along some ideas and tips that have helped me over the years.  What is your favorite money saving advice when it comes to hosting a dinner party or throwing a shower?

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A Day In Our Life

by HEAB on May 7, 2015

Inspired by Katie’s beautiful photo an hour posts.

5:30 AM wake up call courtesy of Charlie

7:00 AM

8:30 AM pit stop to play in dirt after dropping Summer off at her classroom

9:12 AM play York song, play York song, repeat

10:00 AM time to restock the produce

10:30 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

4:30 PM

6:00 PM

7:30 PM

8:30 PM zero effort dessert

9:30 PM goodnight

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