Fresh Flowers & The Gracious Host

Fresh Flowers & The Gracious Host

Tess Wilson
Nov 1, 2010

My friend Crystal hosts parties all the time, and though the food is always fantastic, the conversation lively, and the company excellent, the thing I find most endearing is that she buys fresh flowers for each and every party.

After the expense of food & drinks, it can be a tempting, nearly impossible challenge to spring for flowers, but she has a knack for creating something festive and welcoming no matter her current budget. The small bunch of mums divided into tiny bouquets and placed in tiny bottles (Pumpkin-Painting Party) creates an effect just as charming as lush purple-black lilies (Halloween) or multiple vases of poppies (Easter Margaritas!). One of my favorite displays was the result of sending her boyfriend out to find awesomely tacky flowers: nothing says "Now this is a party!" like big vases of red roses and baby's breath.

And if you're strapped for time, there's sure to be one nerdily on-time guest (me!) who will be happy to do the flower-arranging for you. Just supply scissors/clippers, various jars, bottle, or glasses, and a spot to work, and let them go to town. Whatever they come up with, flowers add a bit of party-magic that says to your guests, "I'm so, so happy you're here".

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