5 Tips for Creating the Ultimate Spring Bouquet
Flowers mark any special occasion: red roses on an anniversary, poinsettias during the holidays, white lilies for a graduation, etc. For the launch brunch of Clique Media Group’s new social media–only sister brand, Obsessee, BloomNation supplied us with gorgeous multicolored poppy arrangements.
Essentially Etsy for flowers, BloomNation is a marketplace where mom-and-pop florists can sell their individual designs. BloomNation and its vendors are experts at creating gorgeous bouquets that are anything but ordinary. Stephanie Elhayani is the owner and creative director at Seed Floral, the West Hollywood–based florist that created the arrangements for our Obsessee brunch.
“Brunches are for sipping girly drinks and catching up with friends over breakfast, so we would choose the most feminine of flowers, such as peonies, poppies, anemones, garden roses, spray roses, and lilac, and fill in with soft astilbe or Queen Anne's lace and some trailing greens along the table,” Elhayani says. “That will give you that soft, delicate look perfect for your Sunday brunch.”
Keep reading for more tips from Elhayani on how to create the ultimate spring brunch bouquet, and don’t forget to check out Obsessee to get in on more of the fun.
“We start with the container, which can be in a natural wooden box or stone ceramic, or it can have a pop of seasonal color to match the arrangement or event. Choosing flowers, we love soft colors you would see outside blooming like pinks, lavenders, peaches, and creams, and we like to add touches of brighter colors such as yellows, oranges, or blues to brighten it up and really mimic the season of spring.”
“In making a bouquet, you will start with the container of your choice, and either tape or chicken wire to secure your stems as you place them. If taped, be sure to put the tape in a checkered pattern at the top opening of your vase, and chicken wire will go inside a non-opaque container. You will need a knife or cutting sheers for the stems. Sometimes with certain orchids or shorter flowers, you may need water tubes. You’ll also need a fridge or cool place to store the arrangement until the event. And lastly, of course, you’ll need your imagination!”
“A tall vase should be used at a bar or buffet so the flowers won't be in the way of food or drinks. They can also be used for the center of an escort card table or as centerpieces if the table is big enough. Having a huge, tall centerpiece just wouldn't look right for a table of six. In that case, a short centerpiece would be best, as well as for cocktail tables. With farm tables, however, it’s fair game to mix the two.”
“We stick with groupings of the same type of flower, just as they would grow in groupings. The trick is to have your flowers at different levels, some up and some down, so your arrangement has dimension to it. We mostly put the largest flowers in first, unless it is a peony or garden rose; those should be put last because they are your prize flowers and you want them to shine. We like to put all flower types in together: all the hydrangeas, then all the roses, tulips, ranunculus, etc. It helps you see the overall look of the arrangement as you are going, and it helps with time as well.”
“There is no exact rule as to how many types of flowers you can have in your arrangement. We don't like to limit ourselves, but we don't want to go overboard either. To put it in numbers, though, a basic arrangement would have one to three types of big flowers (hydrangea, peonies, dahlia, roses, etc.), two to three types of smaller flowers (anemones, ranunculus, poppies, tulips, etc.), one to two types of fill-in flowers if needed (Queen Anne's lace, solidago, astilbe, thistle), and one to two types of greenery to accent (seeded eucalyptus, pepper berry, Italian ruscus, etc.).”
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