Fresh Flowers

I mentioned last week that we were throwing a bridal shower for my niece. She wanted a shower with a vintage theme, which was a charming idea.

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We rounded up as many silver pitchers and clear vases as we could and filled them with Gerbera daisies, white mums, and freesia.

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We paired the flowers with vintage teacups.

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The teacups used to belonged to my mother-in-law, but she recently gave one to each of her grandkids. They worked perfectly for this theme.

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When the shower was over, I ended up with about half of the flower arrangements back at my house, so I divided the flowers by color and put them back into the vases.

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I love single color arrangements. Not only do they look elegant, but they’re super easy to pull off. I almost tossed these leftover white mums, but even they look nice in a vintage estate sale vase.

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And can we talk about Alstroemeria? I didn’t used to know the name of this flower; I just thought of it as that flower that lasts forever.

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Because it’s not unusual for Alstroemeria to go a couple of weeks for me before petals start dropping. And Alstroemeria bunches are affordable. Trader Joe’s sells them for $3.99. I’ve picked them up at my grocery store and Costco too.

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Alstroemeria stems sometimes look a little droopy and stressed for a day or so after they’re cut. But once they recover, they become full and fluffy.

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And they stay that way forever. Unlike another of my favorite flowers, tulips, which last just a couple of days. Tulips are such a tease. And at a time of year when all we want is a little bit of spring.

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But Alstroemeria never disappoints.

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Comments

  1. That was a great idea for the shower. I bet it all looked great! I have some alstroemeria that’s going on 3 weeks now! I had no idea they were so long lived! Definitely a reliable flower and a good investment especially compared to some other flowers. I do love to see tulips too, but sigh they are very short lived.

  2. Beautiful flowers! Love the way you used the silver urn and pitchers.

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