Mother’s Day Weekend Flower Arranging Party

On Saturday of this past weekend, some women from a philanthropy organization that I’m a part of (Sandpipers, it’s great!) and I got together to have a fun flower arranging crash course / party.

We made three mini arrangements – all in vases (actually sold as candle holders but they’re great for flowers) from Dollar Tree! (I love getting to put all of your $ into flowers instead of hard goods!)

We experimented with three different support systems for the flowers – one is an arrangement in hydrangea where the branches support the other flowers, one was anchored in floral foam, and the other was a hand tied mini bouquet.  We paired them with three different vase treatments – a great way to dress up dollar vases! One was filled with coffee beans, one lined in a ti leaf, and one covered in my beloved 3d flocked paintable wallpaper from Target.

Each of the finished arrangements were a large cocktail table sized arrangement, or a mini centerpiece of the sort that would look great clustered in twos and threes.

Here are some photos of the day, from prep to finished product, followed by a list of the flowers we used in each, after the jump!

The flowers right after pick up:

Conditioning hundreds of stems quickly, before work!

Flowers conditioning in buckets at casa Floret:

Waiting for the big load in!

Mini coopers can hold a lot of flowers! I should start a mobile flower shop! ; )

Setting up for the party:

The flowers ready for action!

I like the look of a wall of flowers:

Some finished arrangements!

In progress:


Flowers on the grill!

The ladies:

Arrangements packed up for the trip home:


And after the jump is a “recipe” for each of the three arrangements we made:

Recipe #1- Hydrangea base

  • 3” cylinder vase lined with 1 small green ti leaf
  • 1 stem medium blue hydrangea
  • 3 peach parrot tulips
  • 2 mini yellow cymbidiums (in water tubes)
  • 3 stems hypericum berries

Recipe #2 – Foam base

  • 3” cylinder vase filled with coffee beans surrounding plastic wrapped floral foam
  • 4 stems light pink stock
  • 4 “sweet akito” roses
  • 2 stems alstromeria (“Peruvian lilies”) – approx. 6 buds
  • 3 stems white scabiosa

Recipe #3- Hand tied

  • 3” cylinder vase covered in textured wallpaper
  • 9 carnations
  • 2 stems dusty miller




May 9, 2011 - 6:57 pm

botanical brouhaha - What a great post! I’m so impressed with the arrangements these ladies made…and the recipes are genius!

May 9, 2011 - 11:24 pm

Paula Rae - VERY Cute!

May 10, 2011 - 11:25 am

Kate - aww thanks! it was fun!

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