I had the pleasure of working with the lovely Ashley over at Park Floral Design in Denver, Colorado. Below is an arrangement that I made with her designs along with a few tips, tricks, and opinions on how to make a fun fall arrangement for a dinner party or simply just because!
“Simplicity is the best policy when it comes to arranging flowers, but always be bold and generous while remembering to keep an open mind to all forms of beauty.” — From one of my favorite books, Keep it Simple.
I believe that no home is complete without some form of flowers. Whether it’s freshly picked, your dried wedding bouquet, or a bunch of greenery, just get some flowers in that home of yours! Alright, lets get started!
FOR THE VASE
- If you are using a simple glass bottle then just go ahead and start the arrangement with something really simple, no need for prepping the vase here.
- If it is a wider mouthed vase then you have a few options. You can put floral foam in the bottom and then use floral tape to create a grid over the top of the vase so that the flowers stay in place.
- A fun trick that is also helpful is to cut chicken wire and make a dome in the vase so that the flowers won’t move around. If you are feeling extra confident and don’t have any of these things then just give it a try and see what happens. We always learn from our mistakes right?
FOR THE ARRANGEMENT
- I always start with greenery first and go from there. I like arrangements that are asymmetrical and not perfect. Sometimes I will drop something in and take a step back to see how I feel about it.
- Something I learned from working with Ashley is to stand in front of a mirror with the arrangement for a different perspective.
- The arrangement above obviously has a lot of different elements in it but if you don’t want to spend loads of money then just keep it simple. A little bit of greenery, some focal flowers like dahlias and/or peonies (whatever is in season at the time), and something smaller like some berries or smaller flowers can make a great arrangement.
FOR THE FINISHING TOUCHES
- I love adding fruit to arrangements like the pomegranate above. It adds an unexpected element that is simply beautiful! However, they are heavy and can break easily so just be careful!
- But if this all seems too difficult and time consuming, my go-to is to buy a bunch of the same flower like anemones or scapiosa and put them in a vase all together for a simple but complete look!
Like what you see here? Enjoy some more of Sarah’s floral work on her blog.