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Sunday is Mother's Day and flowers are a big part of making mom happy! Celebrity floral designer Eric Buterbaugh, who has worked with Salma Hayek, Demi Moore, Valentino and Versace, shares tips on how to create "blossoms on a budget" for mom!
Eric says: People often think that you have to spend tons of money on flowers on Mother's Day for your mom. That's absolutely false! The smartest thing that you should do is visit your local flower market... The flowers are better priced and actually fresher than the ones you buy at a flower shop. You can also hit the grocery store. The big chains buy flowers in mass quantities, and bring down the price tag for you.
Here's how to create beautiful "blossoms on a budget" that will make your mom happy on Mother's Day and every day of the year.
Surprise mom with a gift that will last through the spring and summer. A flower box is a great gift idea for moms that have an outdoor area where they can place the flower box so that it gets proper sunlight. You know your mom's preference, whether she likes bold and bright colors, or is more into the soft, neutral pastels - perennial flowers can be picked up at any garden nursery and are sometimes available at the grocery store. It is a great gift project for those who like to get their hands dirty! It will be a gift that will continue to grow and bloom all summer to remind mom of your love.
I'm always encouraging people to collect and hold on to interesting vessels (old drinking glasses, empty candle containers, anything that will hold water that looks cool and unique). You can take these items and make a grouping, or a collection and place one kind of flower in each on the tabletop. There are no rules. Take risks even when displaying flowers. The mismatched vessels always look great bunched together. I always suggest looking for vessels that are different heights with the smallest opening at the top - this way you will only be able to fit a single flower or very little product in the vase...keeping costs down, but conveying the "eclectic look." Flea markets, consignment shops and vintage stores are gold mines for these types of treasures.
Flower Topper on Mother's Day Present
Instead of tying a bow on top of your gift for mom this year, why not use a little creativity and incorporate flowers into the presentation. Once the gift is wrapped, go ahead and grab a few flowers and bunch them together tightly - use tape, wire, string or ribbon to hold the stems together. Use the same ribbon that has been used on the gift to secure the flower "hand-tie" to the top of the gift, making it the perfect, living gift-topper.
This technique takes a simple rose and really blows it open. You take the rose and start by gently removing all the greenery along the base. Next, you can gently peel each petal back - one-by-one. This creates a more visually appealing rose while showcasing it's velvety richness. Having a grouping of reflexed roses allows you to play a little with the shape of the arrangement.
Mother's Day Table Centerpiece
To create the perfect table centerpiece for any Mother's Day celebration, I always suggest working with one color palate so that it doesn't get too overly complicated and turn into a fruit salad. One single color in mass always looks good, and it is in vogue right now. In fact, a look that is popular now is the "chop and drop" look...to make it appear that the flowers are cut fresh from the garden and placed directly into a vase. You really can't go wrong with filling a vase with one type of flower. This leaves minimal room for any complications.