Inspired Arrangements: Budget-Conscious Blooms

Written by: Katherine Perry, intern

Inspired by the flowers you see in our magazine?  We are too!  However, some of  us twenty-somethings here at the flower office also understand that the beautiful images on our pages can sometimes seem…unachievable!  I am a lover of flowers, but I have much to learn.  It can be intimidating to figure out where to start, particularly when you are working on a budget.  The wholesale florist is a world of wonder to me and I could wander for hours looking at the beautiful varieties of flowers.  The grocery store, however, is often much more conducive to my schedule and my wallet.

Have no fear!  You can create beautiful arrangements with whatever flowers you have access to, by mimicking the shapes, colors, vessels, and designs that you see in flower.  Inspired by an image in the “Wedding Flowers, Favors & Food” section of our summer issue (p. 61), I set out to do a quick, budget-conscious recreation of the arrangement.

Photo Credit: Steve Steinhardt and Sasha Gulish

I was able to find a lantern at Pier 1 on sale for $13

I stopped by the grocery store and picked up one bunch each of peach-colored gerbera daisies and white mums.

Inside the lantern you can use a clear glass votive or a baby food jar (something this size is likely floating around your house!)  Fill with water and arrange the flowers to your liking. And voilà!

Our editor-in-chief, Margot, often quotes the talented Sybil Sylvester while teaching workshops—“sisters, not twins!”  The point being that each workshop participant’s arrangement does not, and should not, look exactly alike.  Flowers are beautiful and perfect to start with, so there is no point in striving to perfect them.  Well, my arrangement and the arrangement in the magazine may be more like cousins than sisters, but both are lovely!