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Host a Flower Arranging Spring Party

Get inspired by the season and invite friends over to teach them how to arrange a professional looking floral centerpiece.

Working with flowers to create a show-stopping centerpiece isn't hard and with ourexpert tips it's even easier!

This makes a great activity for a birthday or bridal shower too!

How to Plan a Flower Party

Invite guests to your flower arranging party as you would for any other party - paper invitations, digital invitations or even a phone call will work.

Skip the usual party to-dos and focus on getting your space ready for flower arranging. There's more mess involved, so keep that in mind! Apart from that, opt to serve a light menu and have plenty of cool drinks on hand.

Make sure guests know to dress down and what they'll need to bring along. You can ask guests to bring their own vase and tools, or if you'd like, you can buy vases in bulk online, from a wholesaler or from a discount home goods store. Everyone needs a vase and depending on which option you choose, it will impact your budget quite a bit.

Keep your other tools casual - use regular scissors, pruning shears or whatever you have on hand to assist with flower prep. Also encourage guests to bring their own gardening tools with them!

Get yourself flowers - and plenty of them! These can be bought wholesale and I love the idea of tulips, roses and hydrangea for these spring inspired arrangements. If you have questions or need help to do this, just ask your florist!

How to Make Your Centerpiece

Step 1: Have guests take a piece of curly willow and bend it around their hand then insert into vase.

Alternatively, you can line the vase with a leaf to create a modern look. Remove the vein from the leaf by placing it on the edge of the table. Keep the knife (you can use a steak knife) parallel and in a sweeping motion do short slices to remove the vein. This takes practice so be sure to buy extra to have on hand! Bend the leaf around your hand and place inside the vase.

Step 2: Have each guest fill their vase with water, about 3/4 full.

Step 3: I suggest starting with the hydrangea and then filling in with the other flowers. Let guests start with whatever they want and see how people vary designs and style! Insert the flowers directly into the hydrangea to keep everything in place.

Step 4: Guests can place their arrangement in a box so that they can transport it home. Be sure to tell them to put the flowers on the floor of the car in the front seat or seat belt them in on the passenger side to ensure they don't fall over.

A few expert flower tips to keep in mind:

No leaves below the water line! Submerged leaves produce bacteria and this bacteria will kill your flowers.

If you want to your prepare your flowers ahead of time, simply place them in the fridge until you're ready to begin arranging. This will keep your blooms (especially tulips and roses) extra fresh.

Hydrangea are popular a popular choice to work into spring centerpieces. If you're working with them, dunk the hydrangea heads in water to keep them alive longer. Hydrangeas love water and they are one of the only flowers who drink through their petals!

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