Fresh Flowers Can Make Your Home Feel Like a Luxury Inn
Whether you are expecting dinner guests, overnight guests, or have friends just stopping by for a quick visit – the simple, single thing you can use to have the most impact as a host/hostess – fresh flowers.
Too often we reserve fresh flowers for special occasions. And because of that, flowers have a way of making us feel special. Ordering a bouquet from a florist, while wonderful, can be expensive. It also requires thought in advance and you may not always have much advance notice of guests arriving. (If going this route, we recommend using a reputable local florist, as we had a very bad experience recently)
My biggest advice when it comes to flowers is – keep it simple. Flowers grow, quite literally, like weeds. Generally, just stepping outside your front door, you will find some flowers or plants that you can clip and arrange to just give your home that added, special feeling.
Here are a few tips about incorporating fresh flowers in your home:
Think Outside the Vase
You don’t need fancy, expensive vases. In fact, almost anything can be utilized to hold flowers. Look around your house for pitchers, buckets, glasses, or even mason jars.
Mix it up! Buy a bouquet and split it up amongst an assortment of eclectic “vases.”
Cut just the flowers off their stems and float them in a pretty low bowl filled with water.
Tuck a stem inside a napkin holder at the breakfast/dinner table.
Lay a flower bud or an herb bundle on your guests pillow.
Slip a few flower stems into a basket of rolled up guest towels.
Put fresh rose petals in a bowl next to the guest bath for a luxurious soak.
Less is More
Personally, I prefer to have bud vases scattered about – next to the bathtub, on the nightstand, next to their breakfast plate or coffee cup – versus one huge arrangement in the foyer or kitchen. While the fact you created or purchased a beautiful arrangement is touching, your guests will probably enjoy flowers they will see throughout their day. in the spaces they spend the most time, even more. At the Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse, guests are treated to fresh flowers, in some form, in almost every room they enter.
Next time you are serving a meal, add some edible flowers to the plate. Whether as a garnish, or part of the meal, it is out of the norm and always impressive to guests. At Urraca Private Island we serve a Hibiscus Salad with Honey-Balsamic Reduction which guests rave about! It’s unexpected, beautiful, AND delicious.
Don’t just concentrate on big, bright beautiful flowers. If you have herb plants growing around your house, these can make beautiful additions to some flower arrangements or stand alone. They add not only a beauty element, but a fragrant smell as well.
Rosemary is a hardy plant with a woody fragrance, perfect for the guests who aren’t into the perfume-like scents.
The leaves of many plants make beautiful centerpieces or tablescape enhancements. Palm fronds standing up in tall vases or laying flat under your serving dishes can add a beautiful touch. Banana leaves are a common table decoration at Urraca Private Island.
On a Budget?
That’s the real beauty in fresh flowers. While we appreciate them for their beauty and uniqueness.. they are actually everywhere! Wildflowers grow on the side of the road. Even the”weeds” growing in your yard flower before they are mowed down. You might be surprised just how pretty a couple of buds from your yard can look once you clip them and put them in a vase.
If you are forced to buy flowers and you are on a budget, don’t pass over the baby’s breath or similar type of “filler.” These understated stems stand up quite beautifully on their own. One small bouquet should only cost a couple of dollars, but when divided up and put in an assortment of pretty containers, makes a big impact! And these type of flowers generally have a long lifespan!