Before I burnt the spaghetti sauce, and before my guests were greeted by my unshowered, mascara-smeared, paint-covered-sweatshirt-and-cut-off jeans self, there was this moment… a beautiful, garden-inspired moment, as I set out to create DIY floral arrangements.
The cold air was invigorating as I pulled my wagon around the yard with a small lopper in hand, looking for the perfect blooms and branches.
Then, the sound of running water, the sight of clippings from my yard scattered across my kitchen counter top, the joy of arranging the cuttings in various vases awakened my senses. The gardener in me was satisfied.
Creating DIY Floral Arrangements
- Gather greenery and or flowers. I like to clip branches and flowers from my yard and around the neighborhood. But, I also really love getting flowers from Trader Joe’s. They’re super inexpensive and have a really nice selection.
- Gather your vase or vases. Pitchers and jars work fine.
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle under running water. This creates a fresh opening for stems to draw water.
- Trim any leaves or flowers that fall below the water line in your vase. Leaving them in the water causes bacteria growth.
- Add water to the vase/s
- Add floral preservative
- Place greenery and flowers in vases. A simple guideline is to thrill (taller stems), fill (main flowers) spill (using leaves or vines) Trust your intuition and have fun with it. Sometimes I just use stems and branches which is lovely.
TIP: Criss-cross the stems to create a web. This helps keep the arrangement in place.
Be sure to change the water frequently to make these homemade flower arrangements last longer.
Now that the arrangements were in place, I could finish preparations for the evening.
The plan was to shower and dress by five, have the spaghetti sauce set to simmer by six, set the table and set out some hors d’oeuvres before 6:30, greet family as they arrived, take their coats, mix and mingle while I prepared the salad and bread, then eat, drink and be merry.
But what had happened was…
It was about 6:15 and the appetizers were still not ready. And, I was trying to make tea and set up a wine bar and a water station all at once. That’s when I called for Matt and Hannah to come help.
The three of us were harried in the kitchen when our first guests arrived.
There were smiles and hugs and delight. And, in that moment, I realized that my plans weren’t important. The people I was hosting were what mattered.
And even though I got distracted and let the spaghetti sauce get too hot, we still ate and laughed and had a good time.
It was a perfectly imperfect evening.
p.s. This post is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day®.
p. p. s. No dinner was ruined by the burning of spaghetti sauce. The sauce turned out fine. Do not try this at home.