Get Creative: Mother’s Day

Let me tell you, the floral section of any store today was popping.
Yet, as I was perusing the sea of picked-over peonies, it dawned on me. Men are clueless. Look, I’m really sorry. I am. I had not one, but two come up to me desperately looking for help. Which is why I am going to give you some hints I’ve picked up.

Think of the store-bought bouquet as an opportunity for a starting point. For my selection, I bought one “ready-made” bouquet and five additional types of “filler” to create three separate looks. I was extremely impressed by Mariano’s  selection, quality and prices.

Here’s a glimpse at the finished looks:


Just getting started? Cutting the stems will help absorb the water better. When trimming, hold under a steady stream of water and cut at an angle. Remove any leaves that fall below the water line.

There are several tools you can use to help hold the flowers in place. These range from floral tape, foam or wiring.


Start with the larger, heavier stems. Work your way to the smaller blooms.
I started this arrangement by using hydrangeas, then adding carnations and berries.


Don’t be afraid to play with different lengths or textures.
Play with textures by adding light sprigs or twigs to heavier bouquets.

One mistake I often made in the beginning is focusing too closely on one side. Be sure to look at the arrangement from all sides and dimensions.


For the second arrangement, I selected a much larger look.
You want to try and make your arrangement about one and a half times bigger than the vase. I started off by selecting the hydrangea and working in smaller flowers.


At the end of the day, you’ll have a one of a kind arrangement that is significantly less than what you’d be paying at a floral shop.

Thanks for your constant love and support, mom.
Happy Mother’s Day!

One thought on “Get Creative: Mother’s Day

  1. The finished arrangements were gorgeous and created a lovely centerpiece to showcase the delicious feast my amazing, loving, creative, intelligent, beautiful children prepared! It was a wonderful day!!As always, the fact that these gifts were a labor of love made them extra special.

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