Decorating for 4th of July, add a child’s pinwheel to a decorative water bottle with your red, white, and blue floral selection for a playful arrangement.
You will need:
Decorative water bottle
Bag of Marbles
Waterproof Floral Tape
Red, White, & Blue Flowers
For this arrangement, I selected red roses, white daisy pom-poms, and blue statice for the bud vase. I began by placing a rose close to the rim of the bottle. Add a second rose taller and behind the first rose. Add the white daisy pom-poms throughout the roses. Add blue statice in between the roses and white daisies.
To add the pinwheel to the arrangement, I wanted to make it taller. I achieved this by taping the straw of the water bottle to the bottom of wooden rod of the pinwheel. I wrapped waterproof tape around the bottom of the rod, and also about 2” higher than the first application of tape. This stabilizes the pinwheel. Place the pinwheel to the back of the arrangement, taller the roses.
At your Fourth of July gathering, add fireworks to the party. Create a centerpiece of Red, White and Blue flowers and Large Firecrackers!
You will need:
Artificial Party Firecrackers
4” Wood Picks
Floral Wrap Tape
Wet Floral Foam
White Daisy Pom-poms
Select and prepare your fresh floral choices at least a day early. Process the flowers and allow them to drink water. Soak the foam at least overnight. Cut the floral foam to fit the bowl you selected. Place pieces of waterproof floral tape across the top of the bowl crisscrossing, forming a cross. This will hold the floral foam to the bowl.
Prepare the artificial firecracker as you would centerpiece candles. Take 4” wood picks and remove the wire. Take floral wrap tape and wrap around bottom of firecracker. Place one of the wood picks in the center of the tape and tape on top of the pick to secure it to the firecracker. Continue taping, placing the second pick on the opposite side of the firecracker, continue taping over the wood picks.
I then added the firecrackers. I place the tallest blue firecracker in the center of the arrangement. I placed the red firecracker on the right side of the arrangement, then the striped firecracker on the opposite side of the arrangement. I then added the red carnations, placing the first bloom almost as tall as the blue firecracker. This allows the firecracker to remain the center of the arrangement. Add more carnations by placing the flower lower and to the side of the firecracker. Continue adding carnations lower and going around the arrangement. Complete the arrangement by filling the longer remaining stems of daisy poms close to the tall red carnations. This adds dimension to the arrangement.
The are many choices of Mixed Flower Bouquets available in the floral department of many grocery stores. There are ways to create a stunning arrangement. This is an example I chose recently.
You will need:
Bouquet of Mixed Flowers
Floral Waterproof Tape
Try planning to purchase your flowers about 2 days before you need the centerpiece. After your purchase, process your bouquet by cutting the flowers underwater. Place the flowers in a bucket filled with warm water and flower preservative. This helps the flowers to drink water allowing them to open fully. This also conditions the flowers. Place your bucket of flowers in a cool spot, away from sunlight. An air-conditioned room is an excellent choice.
To begin your arrangement, prepare the vase. I chose a tall rose vase. Place 2 pieces of floral waterproof tape across the top of the vase forming a cross.
The bouquet I chose was a mixture that included daisy pom-poms, carnations, gerbera daisies, roses, mums, and a single lily stem. I began with the daisy pom-poms. Don’t hesitate to cut the stems. Make sure to remove any leaves that will be below the waterline. Place the stems close to the rim of the vase. The blooms should cover the top of the vase. I then began building the arrangement taller by placing the single bloom of the orange gerbera daisies to each side, taller than the daisies on the bottom. Then, place the yellow mums taller than the orange gerbera. Place the carnations and roses taller than the mums and gerberas. Complete the height of the arrangement by placing the lily in the center of the arrangement. Add pieces of blue limonium throughout the arrangement. Place small bunches of blue limonium close to the rim of vase to hide the tape.
Personal flowers for a wedding are corsages and boutonnieres worn by members of the Bridal party and family members of the Bride and Groom.
Corsages are worn by the Mothers, Step-Mothers, and Grandmothers of the Bride and Groom. Corsages can be a single flower or a combination of smaller blooms. These flowers can include roses, carnations, orchids, Lilies, Daisies, and many other blooms. Corsages usually are trimmed with leaves and ribbon. They can be pinned on the left shoulder of the clothing or worn as a wristlet.
Boutonnieres are worn by the men of the Bridal Party, Fathers, Step-Fathers, and Grandfathers. Men in Uniform do not wear boutonnieres. Ministers in robes do not wear boutonnieres. But, if the Minister is wearing a suit, a boutonniere is suitable. Traditionally, boutonnieres are a single flower trimmed with greenery and/or Baby’s Breath. Ribbon is not usually used with boutonnieres. Smaller blooms can be grouped together to form a boutonniere. In a Wedding, the Groom’s boutonniere is a flower different from the rest of the men in the Wedding Party, usually a flower found in the Bride’s Bouquet.
Many conversations about Wedding Planning question the importance of giving corsages and boutonnieres. Many of the recipients of these flowers are touched by the traditional gesture. These floral presentations, given to Family Members and the men of the Wedding Party, highlight the importance of the person’s relationship with the Bride and Groom.