making recycled newspaper pom poms for my friend's baby shower. Here is a super quick and inexpensive flower arrangement I made for the same party. I chose chrysanthemums because they are Chinese symbols of good luck and long life. What could be more fortuitous for parents-to-be? Since nothing ever happens the way we would like, the planning for the decor happened to fall during the weeks I was recovering from mono. Obviously I wasn't able to run around to shops, so I had to get creative with what I already had around the house. I considered dragging myself to local thrift stores to find discarded vases, until the idea struck to use the half gallon Mason jars I keep for pickling. The chrysanthemums were bought very inexpensively in the Los Angeles Flower District. All I really had to do was trim each stem and take off most of the leaves. Each jar was filled with 6 of the giant blooms. The tulle, which I already had on hand, was tied in a simple bow around each jar and fluffed up a bit. The only caveat was that I couldn't let anyone take the jars home, but was happy to share the bouquets.