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Fresh Floral Arrangements

From dinner tables to backyards, and from first dates to lasting impressions, flowers have the unique ability to vastly improve anything with their presence. Whether decorating for a brunch you're hosting or attending one at someone else’s home, here are some ways to make the most of your floral displays.

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  • Flowers make the ultimate hostess gift when they're given thoughtfully. Since your host will likely have the table set by the time you arrive, instead of making someone hunt for a vase for your fresh bouquet, make your offering easy to display in another room by gifting it in a vase or container that the host can keep.
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  • When taking flowers to a brunch, unless you know your host's favorite color, consider a white arrangement. The neutrality will make it transferable to any space.
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  • For your own brunch table, why not skip a mixed bouquet and opt for several different flower varieties (or all of one) in a singular shade? With advanced notice, your florist can make something featuring all one color, or you can buy a few bouquets yourself and create your own.
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  • Inexpensive grocery store bouquets can become beautiful with some pruning and tweaking. Start by removing fillers like ferns and baby's breath and keep only the main flowers. Deleting the extras from pre-made bouquets can make them look more polished.
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  • Take that same grocery store mixed bouquet and "deconstruct it" in some of your favorite glasses, mason jars, or small vases by placing one or two blooms in each. Group them together in the center of your table or expand them around your dining and entertaining area.
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  • Don’t forget to decorate your bathrooms. A singular bloom or greens placed in a small vase will delicately freshen the sink area without taking too much space.
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  • Reach for potted orchids. Needing little water and just enough light, most orchid varieties stay in bloom for more than a month. Look for values at home improvement and grocery stores.
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  • Good artificial flowers are easier and easier to find, and are welcomed for their realism and obvious ease of use. A unique trick that restaurants use is placing long, elegant stems and branches of artificial flowers in large glass vases ... and placing water in the vase even though the flowers don't need them. The drama of big branches can enhance floor space next to buffets and sideboards, or be the focal point on top of them. And with water in the containers, your guests will keep wondering if what they're seeing is really real.