My First Flower Arrangement

Flower Arrangement - The Perpetual Hostess

Today I want to share with you how I conquered my fear of flower arranging.  As I’ve mentioned before, I have a terrible habit of completely nixing fresh flowers from my table because I never knew how to make them look nice.  And so for Friendsgiving, I was bound and determined to put together some type of arrangement.  My tablecloth from Hen House Linens was a deep aubergine color and so I thought the table could use some bright, yet sophisticated, color.  I had recently picked up the soup tureen from The Old Lucketts Store and thought it would make a perfect vessel for a low arrangement at the table.

Flower Arranging - The Perpetual Hostess

Since I didn’t have easy access to a farmer’s market or a wholesale flower shop, I went with the next best thing and hit up Whole Foods two nights before the party.  I purchased one pre-made fall bouquet that included the berries, sunflowers, hydrangea, and greenery and one bouquet of the orange daisies (or at least I think that’s what they are!) for filler.  I separated them all out, threw away the lilies that came with the bouquet (I’m SO allergic), and stripped the leaves up about 3/4 of the way from the bottom of the stems.

Originally, I thought I would form the bouquet and then cut down the stems before inserting them into floral foam in the soup tureen.  I tried it, but it didn’t work for me.  The foam was floating and I just couldn’t handle working with all the flowers in one hand.  Thankfully, I remembered I had seen this really great blog post by House of Earnest about how to create a flower arrangement from market flowers and used Erin’s advice to go to town.  I made a grid on the top of my soup tureen using scotch tape and started forming the arrangement.  I placed the hydrangea in the center and then worked my way around the grid, using blocks of color as my guide.  The berries and greens were added at the end to add visual lines and interest.

All in all, I was pleased with how the arrangement turned out, but I was most excited to get the first one under my belt.  It really was much easier than I thought and I’m looking forward to trying again soon to continue working on my technique.

Do you enjoy arranging flowers?  Wish you enjoyed arranging flowers but have a mental block like I did?  Let’s share tips and techniques in the comments section!



  • They look great Jess! I’ve always been intrigued by the art of flower arranging. It seems so sexy and sophisticated! But yet so hard to do! Congrats for conquering your fear ;)

    • Thanks, Jasmin! I’m totally in the same boat, it DOES seem so sexy and sophisticated. This was the complete opposite of that, with leaves and stems flying all over the kitchen, but again, it was all about getting over the first one.

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