Getting a bouquet of flowers is such a treat; it's beautiful, thoughtful, and usually unexpected. I try to keep a few vases in the mudroom ready for cut stems, but vases are one of those things like Tupperware that always seem to be borrowed and lent amongst friends. When you're not ready for a generous gift of the botanical variety, here are 5 things from the kitchen that do a good job of looking good in a pinch.

  • Tea tins. Whether new or old, tea tins are gorgeous for holding a bouquet of flowers. I love this lush arrangement in a vintage tin from Botanica Flowers
  • A pitcher. Tall arrangements are right at home in your beverage pitcher. And everything from glass to stoneware looks great holding a bunch of blooms, like this ceramic pitcher with lavender from A Beach Cottage.
  • A colander. For short, full stems, stash them in a colorful colander lined with a bit of plastic wrap. You can event turn a colander into a planter with soil like April of House by Hoff did; it works great for drier plants like succulents.
  • Coffee mugs. This is a popular look for shabby chic wedding centerpieces (see it in action at this bash on Style Me Pretty). Start with your favorite coffee mug and cut stems short so blooms just cover the top of the mug.
  • Empty tin. Grab the oldest can in your pantry, empty out the expired beets (you know it was beets) and peel off the label for an impromptu flower vase. It looks great in numbers, like in this garden photo from Garden & Gun (even the dented ones look cool!).