Do you have a green thumb or are you all thumbs?
Wouldn’t it be great to save money on expensive floral arrangements for your home or to give as gifts? Or just feel more confident in your arranging skills?
Well, this is your lucky day, because I’m taking you along to a floral arranging class my friend, Stephanie, hosted in her home, as a fundraiser for her children’s school.
Stephanie has always loved flowers, but has just recently begun holding classes and providing her services professionally, as Blooms for the Home. You saw her handiwork at my house last year.
She comes by her talent in flowers naturally….her mother was a floral designer and even did floral arrangements for the White House in the late 1980s.
TIP: One thing Stephanie shared with the group….consider using containers that are not clear. This way, all you have to focus on is what the arrangement looks like above the container’s edge. Cutting your work in half.
Not knowing everyone’s home decor, she focused on all white flowers. Stephanie suggests using no more than 3 types of flowers in a single arrangement.
Within a silver container (see, not clear!), Stephanie pre-cut the oasis. After soaking in water, it cuts just like a watermelon! Simply cut it to fit your container.
Begin with a “filler” on the outside….the plant above is known as Nigra Pitt (aka variegated ficus).
Above, she demonstrates how even a rose from the grocery store can be made to look better. Pick off the brown petals and then swirling your finger inside the rose….open it up. Kind of like flipping your hair over and then throwing it back. Gives it a little oomph!
Stephanie gets most of her flowers at the flower market, but felt that the flowers at Trader Joe’s were quite good because of their high turnover. She also suggests ordering through Costco ahead of time if you know you need a large number of flowers.
Tip: Flowers are not as fragile as you think. Move them around until you have a balance that is pleasing to your eye.
The event included a lovely lunch, where everyone exchanged ideas and thoughts and enjoyed not eating the remnants of a pbj off the plate of their preschooler.