Friends, you know I love grocery store flowers. They’re affordable, seasonal and readily available whenever you decide you need a few pretty blooms around the house or a need a hostess gift on the fly. That’s definitely why I keep trying to convince you that grocery store flowers are absolutely your best friend. (See evidence here and here.) Today we’re back at it, this time showcasing one of my favorite flowers from the super market and more tips for how to arrange flowers like a pro without even really trying.
The star of today’s show is stock. Stock is super budget-friendly, comes in a ton of gorgeous colors and I can almost always find it no matter what grocery store I wander into. It’s easy to work with, almost impossible to mess up and you can use it alone or mix in other blooms. I’m showing it to you both ways here. The co-star here is a white pitcher. (Those of you with eagle eyes may note that this is the same Target pitcher that we went ahead and marbled with nail polish.) Pitchers pull double duty as awesome vases so I like to keep at least a few around the house with interesting shapes.
To get started you’re going to work with the stock first. Strip off excess leaves along the bottom of the stems and then roughly measure against the side of the pitcher for height before trimming. Make sure no leaves will fall below the water line to help with the life of your flowers. (See more of my easy tips for how to keep flowers fresh!) Then it’s time to start placing the stems into the pitcher. I do this pretty randomly, just checking every so often to make sure everything looks balanced. You can rotate the pitcher or walk around it as you work to make sure everything is looking good. And don’t overthink it! So much about flowers is just letting them do their thing.
Keep working with the stock until your pitcher is nice and full. At this point you can call it good! I particularly love the way white stock looks in this white pitcher with just the touch of greenery. This is quite possibly as easy as flowers get and you’re left with an arrangement that is perfect for adding a little something pretty to your kitchen or dressing up the table for brunch. You can also mix in multiple shades of stock for a more colorful look that is still super budget-friendly. It’s all up to what you love!
In this case I decided to take things one step further by mixing in bold blue delphinium. Delphinium as a rule is a bit more expensive so mixing it with the stock is easier on the wallet, plus the two together looks gorgeous. I tend to be the one called on to do flowers for any kind of party or shower among my circle of friends and this is my secret for putting together flowers quickly and inexpensively when I need multiple arrangements. Stock in one or two colors, one other accent flower, and a whole bunch of pitchers or mason jars. Done and done.
The end result is so pretty, don’t you think? I just tucked the delphinimum in among the stock so everything looks really full and balanced, but without worrying about perfection or symmetry. Also (*wink wink*) this blue and white combination is particularly striking with the 4th of July coming up this weekend!
[Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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