Pretty Flowers

by HEAB on May 21, 2015

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?

{ 12 comments }

Purelytwins May 24, 2015 at 8:41 am

Beautiful flower arrangements. We love getting fresh flowers to have around the house.

HEAB May 24, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Thanks girls. Me too. 🙂

Amanda May 23, 2015 at 10:10 am

Always so happy when you post! A tip for the sugar cloudiness thing – use sprite! If you have done… A simple syrup might also be less cloudy

HEAB May 24, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Amanda,
THANK YOU. I’ll try Sprite next time!

Heather@hungryforbalance May 22, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Haha- the basil plant! I can’t keep plants alive either; stupid black thumb!
Thanks for the tips- throwing baby and bridal showers can get expensive fast!

HEAB May 24, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Hi Heather,
You’re welcome…from one black thumber to another. 😉

Liz S. May 21, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Excellent tips and beautiful flowers/decor! My money-saving tip = craft store materials that you put together yourself, to create centerpieces or any of that. It’s amazing to me that you can make a centerpiece for a table, for a less expensive price (and better-looking, haha) than the “already made” centerpieces.

HEAB May 24, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Liz,
Right?!? So much easier and more affordable to DIY!

Susan May 21, 2015 at 7:56 pm

You have inspired me to pick up some flowers tomorrow when I do my grocery shopping. Thanks so much!

HEAB May 24, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Yay, hope you are enjoying your pretty arrangement! 🙂

Tracy May 21, 2015 at 6:28 pm

Beautiful! As always, your posts are so inspiring. Love all these helpful hints! I also love fresh flowers so much and often come up with some reason I need to pick up a bunch!!

Today is the first day of summer break in our house. Yay! Love the thought of the entire summer ahead of us 🙂

HEAB May 24, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Tracy,
This is Summer’s last week of school, and I’m looking forward to a few months of fun in the sun as well. Honestly, getting her there early in the morning is a challenge sometimes, and I’m ready for some slower starts to our days. Sheesh – can’t even think about them all having to be somewhere by 8 AM. But, I’m not going to think about that now – I’ll just go buy myself some flowers instead! 🙂

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