{How To} Make a fancy centerpiece

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I am a firm believer in having fresh flowers in your apartment at all times. ALL TIMES. They make you as happy as they make your space more beautiful and, more importantly, having beautiful flower arrangements all over your house whenever people come over makes them jealous of your apartment. That’s why we’re all here.

Making pretty flower arrangements is SO EASY. All it takes are a few bundles of grocery store flowers and less than 30 minutes of your time. The result is apartment envy, which is priceless.

I needed a BIG centerpiece for the center of the big outdoor table I was going to use for the party that never happened. I was at Trader Joe’s anyway (this is literally the greatest grocery store OF ALL TIME) so I grabbed a few bundles of flowers. All of these cost less than $20!

flower arrangements floral arrangements wedding centerpiece wedding centerpieces  hot to before and after dinner party decor interior design decorating apartment envy hydrangeas queen anne's lace, alstroemeriaI find the easiest way to do it is buy a variety of dense flowers (like hydrangeas, used here) and pick one or maybe 2 colors. Creating a monochromatic look is simple to do because you don’t have to worry as much about balancing multiple colors. Also, if the vase you’re using has a wide opening, make sure you buy enough flowers to fill it or they’ll flop over!

First, fill your vase with cool (not cold) water and add the little flower food packet that came with your flowers. This keeps them fresh longer. (Didn’t come with one? I haven’t tried these recipes but they might work.)

flower arrangements floral arrangements wedding centerpiece wedding centerpieces hot to before and after dinner party decor interior design decorating apartment envy hydrangeas queen anne's lace, alstroemeriaOnce you’ve done that, start preparing your stems. Cut them all off so they aren’t too tall for your vase. Make sure you cut them at an angle.

flower arrangements floral arrangements wedding centerpiece wedding centerpieces hot to before and after dinner party decor interior design decorating apartment envy hydrangeas queen anne's lace, alstroemeriaNow tear off all the leaves that fall below the water line and any others that aren’t pretty.

Leaves Underwater = Stinky Apartment. True Story.

flower arrangements floral arrangements wedding centerpiece wedding centerpieces hot to before and after dinner party decor interior design decorating apartment envy hydrangeas queen anne's lace, alstroemeriaNow comes the fun part! I like to start by taking some of my flowers and creating a base, or outline, all the way around the vase. (Make sure you leave a few to spread throughout the arrangement later.)

flower arrangements floral arrangements wedding centerpiece wedding centerpieces hot to before and after dinner party decor interior design decorating apartment envy hydrangeas queen anne's lace, alstroemeriaNext, chose a different type of flower and spread them around evenly.

flower arrangements floral arrangements wedding centerpiece wedding centerpieces hot to before and after dinner party decor interior design decorating apartment envy hydrangeas queen anne's lace, alstroemeriaMix in the remaining flowers you saved when you created the base. At this point your arrangement should filling up. If not, switch to a smaller vase or buy more flowers.

flower arrangements floral arrangements wedding centerpiece wedding centerpieces hot to before and after dinner party decor interior design decorating apartment envy hydrangeas queen anne's lace, alstroemeriaNow add another type of flower.

flower arrangements floral arrangements wedding centerpiece wedding centerpieces hot to before and after dinner party decor interior design decorating apartment envy hydrangeas queen anne's lace, alstroemeriaAnd then, one more time, with another type of flower. Fill in all the sad spaces.

flower arrangements floral arrangements wedding centerpiece wedding centerpieces hot to before and after dinner party decor interior design decorating apartment envy hydrangeas queen anne's lace, alstroemeriaWasn’t that easy? Now you have a beautiful arrangement for any occasion! Magic!

flower arrangements floral arrangements wedding centerpiece wedding centerpieces hot to before and after dinner party decor interior design decorating apartment envy hydrangeas queen anne's lace, alstroemeria

flower arrangements floral arrangements wedding centerpiece wedding centerpieces hot to before and after dinner party decor interior design decorating apartment envy hydrangeas queen anne's lace, alstroemeria

flower arrangements floral arrangements wedding centerpiece wedding centerpieces hot to before and after dinner party decor interior design decorating apartment envy hydrangeas queen anne's lace, alstroemeriaA big impact for $20, right? You should try it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “{How To} Make a fancy centerpiece

  1. Jeni Johnson says:

    Stunning Center Piece, just perfect for the outdoors. Not only that I was focused in your cork collection, ours is slowly adding up, particularly now that we are living on Wine Island!

    1. Apartment Envy says:

      Thank you! I love my cork jar. I wish I could put them in a beautiful apothecary jar but the ones big enough to hold all my corks are too tall to fit on my counter :( I’d love to visit you on Wine Island! It sounds incredible!

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