Creating your own flower arrangements can save you a lot of money. I know this interests almost anyone planning a party since flowers can take a chunk out of your budget. But it doesn't have to. Here are two tips to help save you some money.
Tip #1: talk to your friends! One of mine had a beautiful hydrangea plant in her front yard. I told her how much the florist quoted me for 10 flowers and she let me come to her home and cut her flowers for nothing! (yes, please!) Look around your yard or your neighbors yard and ask them if they could spare any flowers. In my case, the summer was almost over and they were going to die soon anyway. I didn't need very many flowers for this event. Snipping a few from my friend created three lovely centerpieces. Of course, if you need more than just a handful of flowers, check out this post from last year on buying flowers in bulk and creating your own centerpieces.
The vases were the best find for this event. I had a few on hand but needed to purchase a few more. Tip #2 When buying vases, shop around. Look in thrift shops, garage sales and 99 cents stores. I found a simple vase in Michael's for $4 and then found the exact one at the 99 cents store for, you guessed it, $.99. Remember they don't have to all match each other. Try to find a common theme, such as all glass or all gold. Make it work for your theme and your event without breaking your budget.
A recent wedding I coordinated had a family friend arrange the flowers. They were glorious! They purchased the flowers wholesale. She arranged them in all sorts of glass containers ranging from small juice glasses, to glass milk jars to larger vases. They were all clear glass but they ranged in size and shape. The flowers lined along the center of a long banquet table and the result was beautiful.
Have you created flower arrangements? Do you have a tip to share? I would love to hear it.
Photo credit: Monica Vazquez (top) and The Sits Girls Website
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