Set the scene with your finest wares and include lots of flowers. Of course, welcoming your guests with the pop of a cork ensures a memorable celebration! Get inspired with these floral arranging tips from Juniper Lane Floral Design in Sonoma.
Tip #1: The hallmark of a garden style arrangement is that it isn’t too formal or perfectly done–think casual but elegant. Start with using whatever might be growing in your own yard as inspiration. Herbs such as mint, rosemary or basil make wonderful greenery and smell amazing. You can always add in flowers sourced at your local grocery store if needed. Some of my favorites flowers to include in a summer arrangement are zinnias, dahlias, cosmos, marigolds or sunflowers.
Tip #2: Almost anything can be used as a vase, so keep it simple and use whatever you have on hand, whether it be mason jars, glass drinkware, vintage bottles or ceramic pots. Once you select a vessel, freshly cut each stem and remove any leaves that will fall below the water line. This will help to keep the water clean of bacteria that can shorten the vase life of the bouquet.
Tip #3: Cut and display stems at varying heights to create depth and interest in your arrangement, and to mimic the natural way they grow. Tuck a few blooms deep in the center with a few others jutting out at different heights. Be sure the overall height of the arrangement allows guests to see one another across the table.
Tip #4: If composing a grand centerpiece feels intimidating, arrange several small petite vases or jars displayed along the length of the table to create a floral table runner. Grouping together flowers of a single color or variety can make a big impact.