While roses are quintessential to any Valentine’s Day bouquet, sometimes red can be a little loud. Cynthia likes a pink alternative– 2-3 dozen pink tulips look fabulous on any dining room table. To finish? Use a natural raffia ribbon or twine to tie around the top of the vase with a cute card or love coupon. To a busy mom, nothing says “I love you,” more than a coupon for a week’s worth of doing the dishes.
How to Make Valentine's Day Flowers Last
As soon as you get home from the store, remove any cellophane, recut the stems at an angle to enhance water absorption, and pull or cut off any lower leaves so only the stems are touching water. According to Cynthia, removing the leaves is the most important tip to keep flowers fresh. Flower leaves can impart bacteria to the water and make the whole bouquet wilt faster. And don’t forget—flowers should never be left in direct sunlight.
Bonus tip: Before gifting, pour off the old water, lightly scrub the inside of the vase, and hand clean the stems of any slimy bacteria that may have started to line the flowers. Add fresh water to the arrangement.
Don't Break the Bank
Cynthia believes that a beautiful flower arrangement—even one fit for Valentine’s Day– needn’t cost an arm and a leg. For an inexpensive tabletop arrangement, first look for little glass containers in varying heights at either your local dollar or grocery store. You can also recycle old glass containers. Next, add a little flare. Craft stores like Michael’s sell inexpensive beads or small jewels you can attach to your vase for a little extra something. Finally, don’t buy extra greens or filler flowers – use what you find outside! Cynthia suggests walking around your yard or neighborhood with a little basket and cut some flowy greens and flowers to supplement with what you’ve already got.
Take it to the Next Level
If you’re looking to take your creative game up a level, try out this technique. Fit a smaller vase within a larger vase, and fill the in-between part with silver- or multicolor-wrapped Hershey kisses. You can even fill the space between with M&Ms, slices of pink grapefruit, or little candy hearts with messages on them. Put water into the center vase and add your flowers . Make sure the blooms are cut low enough to obscure the tops of the two vases. Tie a ribbon or piece of twine around the top of the outer vase, attach a hand-written card, and you’re good to go!
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