Flowers for entertaining should be easy and fuss free. Grab a bouquet or blooming plant of hydrangeas from the grocery store and create a special arrangement for any occasion.
When I think about adding floral interest to my house I first think about what I might use for containers. In most cases we all have wonderful and engaging objects all over the house that can be recycled into an eye-catching display for just the right flowers. This time of year hydrangeas are plentiful and inexpensive, and their multitude of blooms can be used in a myriad of ways. I recycle all kinds of household vessels for display including decorative bottles, glass and ceramic mixing bowls, glass fishbowls, decanters, and canister sets.
Look for hydrangeas in shades of blue and purple, white or pink. I like the blooming plants because they yield lots of blossoms. To make the best use of the plant cut each stem just below a ribbed band on the stem. Use a hammer to smash the woody stem and place directly into cool water. Let cut blooms sit in fresh water for several hours before arranging.
Petaled blooms can be plucked from the larger blossom to float in water. Fill a mixing or rose bowl with water and float single blooms to dot the center of a dining table. A galvanized pail painted green can hold giant mop head stems to great effect. Perch on an entry table or a foyer bench to create a pretty focal point. An ironstone bowl with a ceramic liner is the perfect foil for colorful blooms.
I recycle the green leaves to garnish cheese platters and dessert trays.
For a foolproof arrangement use colorful glass bottles or decanters to hold single stems of flower blossoms for bedside table arrangements or centerpieces on a coffee table.
What do you think of my suggestions and do tell, what is your flower of choice?