Winter is a time that many of us host at home with comfort food and glasses of drinks that warm our tummies. But just as the weather outside turns a bit more frigid and colder, its the perfect time to brighten up your table with flowers. Clients often ask me how they can bring flowers into their homes for hosting events and friends - the answer is as simple as a trip to the indoor farmer's market, grocery store, or garden center. I've compiled a little list of tips and tricks to getting the most beautiful blooms for your dinner party with zero stress. Enjoy!
-See what you have to work with: If you live near a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods you are lucky to have access to some seriously beautiful grocery store flower departments. If not, check where you do your shopping, chances are they have bouquets available to take home. No luck? Do you have a weekend indoor farmer's market? I promise you someone there will have something beautiful in bloom. Or check your favorite spot to buy houseplants and garden supplies.
-Odd numbers: grab three different vessels you like and go to work. Remember that there is no hard and fast rule about what you put your flowers in. Old vases, jars, bowls, etc. Have fun with it and remember that 3 or 5 different small arrangements will help the table look fuller.
-Begin by giving everything a good snip at the end of the stem. Remove any leaves and foliage on the bottom two-thirds of the stem. Just play! Have fun with this and work on the arrangements for a bit. Keep trimming your stems to a size and height that is proportionate to your vessel. It is best to do your flowers a day or two BEFORE your party, this gives them time to open up and 'find the light,' which is my term for flowers moving and opening in their natural, beautiful way!
-Flowers make everything feel more special. Don't fret over whether they look professional or not, I promise your guests will be wooed by just seeing flowers on the table. Bulbs and potted plants work wonders as well. I cannot tell you how many times I've been in a pinch and just set a houseplant in the middle of our table!
Flower on my friends!
Kalin Sheick is the owner and lead designer for Stems & Sprigs, a boutique floral design company that loves Northern Michigan. Stems & Sprigs specializes in garden inspired, natural designs with a touch of whimsy. When she's not floralizing for events, Kalin is spending time with her family on the lake, exploring the outdoors with her 'wolf pack' (husband and dog), and hosting dinner parties for friends. You can follow along on her Northern Michigan adventures by joining her tribe on the Stems & Sprigs blog, or following them on Instagram.