Spring Flower Arranging Tips - J. Cathell

Spring Flower Arranging Tips

I want to start off by saying that I really have no idea what I’m doing and what I’m about to tell you is from trial and error.  My mom is excellent with flowers and I get my flower arranging bug from her.  Whenever she hosts parties at her house, it’s always fun to come over the day before because her kitchen is filled with fresh flowers that she is preparing to arrange.  If you come over to my house, I will almost always have some type of fresh blossom  in my kitchen.  Flowers make me happ and they make a room happy, too.

When I chose the flowers for my Easter table scape, I knew I wanted pink, white and green because they matched my dishes!  Plus, pink flowers are my favorite.  Rananculus have quickly become one of my favorite flowers of all time (next to Peonies).  I love the big ones with firm/thick stems because they are perfect for working with floral foam.  I wanted arrangements that were very symmetrical and planters foam will make that possible.  I bought some white ranunculus at Whole Foods recently and they had thin stems that bent when I tried to insert them into the foam.  So always buy flowers that have some strength to their stems if you want to use foam.

Here is how I created this arrangement:

  1. Buy florist foam and soak it overnight to get the foam to fully absorb.  The more the foam absorbs, the less likely your flowers will wilt. It is easy to cut down to fit the size of your container, so don’t be afraid to whittle it a bit.  Of course, I’m not alway that prepared and have soaked it the day of; but I end up having to add water to it more often that I would like.  You can check out some foam options here.
  2. Once the foam is inserted into your container, I start working with the biggest flowers first.  I trim the first flower to the height I want in the container.  Make sure you don’t make it too tall, because you want to see the person sitting across from you at the table.  But, if you don’t want to see them….make them super tall, bahahaha. You will evenly distribute the biggest flowers all over the container by inserting each of them into the foam.  Once you are done with that, then you will move on to the next largest flower and do the same thing.
  3. After you place all of your flowers in the container, you will then use your “filler” to fill in the empty spots.  In my case, I used Foliage Ming Fern LG.  It’s so pretty, but watch out, the stems can be a bit prickly…ouch! One thing that will surprise you over and over again is how many flowers it takes to fill up a small container.  More flowers means more money and that’s why filler is great to use because it is cheap and it gets the job done.
  4. After everything is placed in your container, spin it around and adjust any flowers to make it have a perfect shape.  They may need to be pulled out or in just a bit.

When we shot this post, I arranged one container first and then we photographed it.  The next day I finished the other two containers and I had extra flowers that I needed to use.  I ended up placing more flowers around the bottom of the container pictured above.  You can see the entire finished Easter table scape by clicking here. I could stare at the flowers on that table all day because they are just SO pretty!

Now, let’s talk about what I’m wearing.  I didn’t know I was going to love this little sweater so much until I started wearing it.  It breathes, it’s off the shoulder and it’s long in the back.  LOVE!  Here is another sweater option for half the price, but if you want to look at this entire page there are some cute one shoulder pieces.  My shorts are super comfy, but they are definitely short.  It worked fine with this look because my sweater covered the entire back.  But, you should check out all of the shorts here, because I love so many and I’m planning on ordering this pair. I love how they button up and have the darker wash-plus they are on sale for $32.  That’s a no brainer. Finally, my necklace!!  I love this piece and I think it brought the whole look together.  Y’all need to check out Audrey Allman Designs. Her pieces are so unique and are perfect for all of your spring and summer outfits. This one is very similar to the one I’m wearing, but I’m also in love with this one, too.  There are more posts coming that highlight some of her jewelry and I’m so excited to share them with you.

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