Floral arranging is not a strength of mine. I would go so far as to say, I am terrible at all things flowers. But I want to be good at it. I dream of being able to arrange beautiful center pieces for dinner parties, give perfect looking bouquets as hostess gifts, and always having flowers around my home, but currently, Ill have to stick with wine for all those things. But one day.
I did venture down to the LA Flower mart a couple days ago to make an attempt at putting something together for an early mothers day celebration with my own mom. The flower mart was more amazing than people said, I could have spent hours wondering the isles, looking at all the possibilities, and marveling at all the experts.
With mothers day coming up this weekend, I thought I would share some tricks I picked up. As I have made very clear, I am no expert, so these are just tips from one beginner to another!
DIY floral arrangement for beginners:
- Stick with one color. I love bright, multi color bouquets when I pick one up from the flower shop, but when creating one myself, I tend to stick to one general hue. This way you can mix flower kinds and know they will complement each other.
- Ask for help! I went to the flower mart during public hours (the professionals get earlier, longer hours, think 3 AM!) around 7 AM and it wasn’t too crowded. Each vendor has their own booth and they were eager to help out. I told them what I was going for and they made some suggestions. I am sure any flower shop employee would be happy to help you select stems!
- Dont skimp on the greens. I am sure most people see genres as fillers and cope outs, but I love the natural look it gives to the bouquet. They tend to be a little less pricey, and last a littler longer, than the real blooms, which is a win in my beginner book! I picked up a bunch of eucalyptus and it made my car smell like a spa all day. You can’t go wrong with that.
- When it doubt, dress it up. We all know that presentation is key to everything. I took a large piece of butcher paper and lettered “Happy Mothers Day” in different sizes and styles all around. Then added a couple of sheets of tissue paper and wrapped it up in a velvet ribbon, all in the same color as the flowers! I wrote a short message on an extra large leaf I picked up, which helped tie it all together.
I hope this helps you celebrate all the moms in your life this weekend!