One of the best things about performing in a concert or recital are the bouquets of flowers you receive after the performance. My sister had a dance recital this past weekend and each of her loving fans came with an arm bouquet in tow. Now, it is possible to just pick up a bouquet from your local grocery store, but if you want your bouquet to stand out in the crowd, follow these simple steps to create a unique floral arm bouquet that is perfectly matched for your friend on the stage.
The first thing to do is to buy some flowers! I chose a mixed bunch with happy colors for a happy occasion. When you get home, fill a pitcher with water and pour in the flower food that you receive with your flowers.
Get your flowers ready for arranging by cutting open the plastic wrap and trimming the stems at an angle.
Remove all of the lower foliage and any broken stems.
If your roses have thorns, go ahead and take them off with scissors or a knife. Prep each stem and then place into the pitcher.
Now that your flowers have water, go find some tissue paper and ribbon that match the attitude of the person who will receive the bouquet. My sister is in high school and loves color, so I chose some vibrant and girly colors for her 2 bouquets.
I like to use two different colors of paper for each bouquet. Layer the paper, a little fanned out, and then fold the bottom corner towards the top. Remember to place your favorite colored paper on the bottom of this stack.
Now the fun part! Start layering your flowers on top of the paper. Your stems should be longer than the paper. Layer the flowers out and down on top of each other. Make sure that you can see each bloom from this flat position.
You can do several rows of flowers and make the arrangement as wide as you see fit.
When you are finished layering in your flower stems, fold over the tissue paper to cradle around the flowers.
Then secure the paper with a ribbon. Don’t forget to trim the edges of the ribbon!
Once the bouquet looks perfect to you, trim the stems to just below the paper.
Roll the paper up from the bottom so that you can place the bouquet in water until you leave for the performance. It’s important to keep those flowers hydrated!
Now there is your bouquet all ready to go! When you get ready to leave, dry the stems with a paper towel before folding down the tissue paper. — Just a little tip 🙂
The only thing left to do is to deliver them to the deserving party. My sister definitely deserved these colorful bouquets! She danced beautifully!
If you would like to make your bouquet even more unique, attach an appropriate charm of some sort to the ribbon. Then, after the flowers have served their time, there will be a keepsake that will last longer.
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