Even I, a professional florist, buy flowers at the grocery store when I'm in a rush. Usually these flowers are the lower-end varieties. It's obvious that the flowers are not properly cared for as a lot of them will wilt faster. I usually stick with roses and alstromeria when I buy them. As I talk about in my book, there are many ways to arrange flowers for a bouquet to give to someone. I learned this first at the Empty Vase florist, and really honed my skills while working at Rita Flora. Ah, that seems like a lifetime ago! It seemed as though one day people started wanting me specifically to create their bouquets. At one point, people would form in a big line on Friday night Shabbat to bring flowers as they walked to dinner at someone's house. It was really quite odd, and flattering for me, and this is probably when I started arranging on my own, going from sales girl to a wannabe florist.
When you go to the grocery store, have the florist take the flowers out of the package and use cellophane and ribbon to make them look high-end. I always ask to do this myself because it's fun! You should do this for practice!
First, take a large piece of cellophane and place brown paper or tissue paper on it, and then fold over the cellophane so that the paper is in between to prevent water for destroying it.
Buy two bunches of flowers. Strip the leaves off half way. Layer by rows, using odd numbers and placing one type of flower staggered between the other type.
When you are finished layering, cut the stems on the bottom even so that you will be able to fold the paper together.
Bring in both ends of the paper and squeeze together. Use one staple to hold.
Take a piece of ribbon, and tie it tightly so that the cellophane and paper will bunch together in a pretty way. Tie in a bow.
Bend back the one side of the cellophane and paper to expose the bouquet. Voila! Gorgeous! (I was at a Ralph's)
The feast I attended! Pot roast, salad, cauliflower, potatoes and butternut squash soup. Oh, and about four or five bottle of wine:)
The Flower Chef
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