Whether you are planning a birthday party or a formal dinner for business associates, flowers can play an important role in the decorations. But you don’t have to settle for run-of-the-mill, one-color arrangements of carnations and daisies. Why not key the floral decor to the season or holidays and special events in the month?
Did you know that just as there are birthstones for every month, so are there official flowers? Arrangements or individual place settings featuring the “flower of the month” are perfect for birthday parties, as well as other gatherings. Some holidays also are associated with certain colors, such as orange and black for Halloween and red and white for Valentine’s Day.
Before selecting the flowers, you will need to decide on the theme and setting for your party. Will it be indoors or outside? A formal sit-down affair or informal buffet? Consider your space to determine where to best display flowers.
Your budget also will play into the selection. You may choose to have fewer arrangements or use flowers in season instead of exotic blooms, for example. Your florist can best advise you on these matters.
If you decorate the day before the party, keep your floral arrangements fresh by topping off the containers with water. Mist the blooms, then cover loosely with a thin layer of plastic. Keep in a cool place to prevent wilting.
If buying loose blooms, or cutting them from your garden, choose flowers with firm petals and buds that are just beginning to open. Recut the stems under water. Remove any foliage that will be below the water line.
Fill the vase or container with warm water mixed with floral preservatives. If using floral foam, soak thoroughly before arranging blooms. Then place arrangements in a coolRead more on backyardgardener.com