There's just something about a nicely set table that makes me so happy. Entertaining is a lot of work, but work that I truly enjoy. I love coming up with new ideas and deciding which dishes will set the tone. My first stop is always the grocery store flower section. Yesterday, I started with my accent flower, the little pink roses. I love the way my mind works when I'm creating; I can see the result in my head before I'm even halfway there. Our home is mainly Wood and White, no exaggeration! Sometimes, I keep things simple and only use white flowers, but yesterday was my sisters birthday, and she looks pretty in light pink tones, so going into the store I knew I would start with something pink, and build on from there. Flowers are costly, and when you're filling a 24" box, it's easy to spend over $100 on flowers. My budget was under $35.00. I saw some big white Hydrangeas on sale for $3.29 each and decided to make them the central part of my display.
Anthony and I made these gorgeous wooden boxes, and I needed styling photos for our business page, so I started off with the box and used 5 wide mouth mason jars. Filling each one with 3.5 cups of water. I've been doing a lot of research on flowers lately and found some tricks that do work! Like adding vinegar, I added 1 TBS to each jar.
Almost every article I read said to cut the stems with a sharp knife and not scissors. I'm not sure why, but I've been doing it for a few weeks, other than being easier on my hands and looking cleaner I don't notice a difference?
I always start with the most significant bloom first, and if you've been following me for a while, you know I'm crazy about things being symmetrical.
In the remaining two jars I added the little pink roses, I wanted a pop of colour pink, but not too much, and the roses were the most expensive flowers I purchased, so I used them sparingly.
Lastly, I filled in the empty spots with baby's breath. Beautiful on its own or surrounded by other flowers, it's a simple, cheap filler, which always completes my table.
I came in under budget with a few dollars to spare.
Hydrangeas $3.29 x 3 = $9.87
Baby's Breath $5.99
Let me know your flower tips and tricks in the comments; I would love to hear them. Have a great day, friends.