VASES AND VESSELS
Some vases are beautiful on their own but if you’re running low — or looking for something different — think outside the square.
Keep table flowers low to allow conversation between guests. Small vases, jars or teacups can look charming.
Use flowers to decorate the front door. A small bouquet with a little water placed inside a hessian bag or Christmas stocking makes a stylish welcome.
Don’t forget flowers for the bathroom. It’s a popular room at parties. hen we throw a kids’ party, most of us will take time to set the scene with balloons, streamers and bunting strategically strewn about the house.
For more sophisticated occasions,ions, however, fresh flowers can be a beautiful way to “dress” the table or room.
Founder of floristry service The Daily Bunch, Lucette Yusef (pictured) says fresh flowers turn an ordinary gathering into an event.
“It shows you’ve gone to some effort to create a special atmosphere,” she says.
Her business specialises in creating a daily bouquet based on what’s fresh and in season at the flower markets so she’s learnt a thing or two about getting the most from cut blooms.
Whether you’re heading to the Sydney Flower Markets or your local grocer, Lucette says there are a few things to look out for to get the best flowers.
Having a particular colour or theme in mind, like romantic or vintage can help but Lucette says it pays to keep an open mind.
“If you go (to the flower market) on a Saturday, be a bit wary because they’re often clearing out what didn’t sell during the week,” she says. “Look at the stems and leaves of the flowers because they will tell the story. “Often the leaf wilts before the flower and a slimy stem means it has been sitting in water.” The most common flower on sa sale is generally what is in season but Luc Lucette says you can get most flowers all yea year round if you’re willing to pay. “Our local roses are incredible at the moment,” she says.
Although smaller vintage vases, including glass jars have been popular in recent years, Lucette says we’re returning to larger floral displays that are still quite relaxed.
“It’s moving towards a more luxe and abundant style but the way we style flowers will be a reflection of our homes,” she says.
As long as you keep your flowers indoors out of direct light, Lucette says they should look good for several days.
Native flowers and hardy species like chrysanthemum are very reliable.
Consider supplementing your arrangement with flowers and foliage from your own garden, especially if you have fragrant varieties such as gardenias and frangipanis.
If you’re worried about stems turning brown, Lucette says look for ceramic vases where they won’t be seen.
Generous floral arrangements like this from The Daily Bunch provide a striking focal point.