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Gifting || Simple Flowers

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hostess gifts, simple flowers from Waiting On MarthaWhen it comes to gifting, especially the hostess, nothing is more perfect and easy than simple flowers.  But for some reason whenever I talk about flowers I find people tend to become overwhelmed and intimidated by all of the choices so I thought I’d share my favorite go-to single stem arrangements and tips I’ve picked up along the way.  truly, MKR 

hostess gifts, simple flowers from Waiting On Martha

No 1. – Keep it simple and in season.  If you’re not someone who arranges flowers quite frequently best to keep it simple with a few stems of a single varietal and always try to buy what’s in season.  My favorites include peonies, hydrangeas, lilacs, ranunculus, and tulips.

hostess gifts, simple flowers from Waiting On Martha

No. 2 – Work the stems.  Immediately remove any plastic wrapping, submerge the stems in water and beginning cleaning and removing any un needed leaves, twigs, etc.  

hostess gifts, simple flowers from Waiting On Martha

No. 3 – Pretty paper.  I love using wrapping sheets, butchers paper, or a gorgeous ribbon to wrap the flowers in.  Simply lay the flowers out how you would like them to look and trim the bottoms (preferably with pruning shears) on a diagonal so all of the stems are the same length.  Place the flowers at the corner of your wrapping sheet and roll.  Secure with double sided tape or a ribbon.  If you’re using just a ribbon which is ideal for larger branched stems such as the lilacs secure first with flower wire then cover with ribbon.

hostess gifts, simple flowers from Waiting On Martha

No 4. – Additions.  If you want an additional pop or some variety, add a few herbs such as sprigs of basil or rosemary in the colder months or craspedia (the little yellow flowers added to the peonies), but just remember in most cases less is more.

hostess gifts, simple flowers from Waiting On Martha

*Photography  ||  Haley Sheffield

 



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