Never Too Many Tulips

Nothing says spring like tulips.  A burst of bright, cheeriness is what springs forth. They come in an abundance of colors and different sizes, too. They are a welcomed arrangement in my house anytime, but even more ideal for Spring, and especially bright for an Easter table.

If you are not hosting a special dinner, then just go for a simple arrangement of all one color in a wide mouthed vase to add a burst of life to your home.  

However, if you are hosting and want to glam out your table, Go big and bountiful with your tulips and add some daffodils.  You actually don't need a ton of flowers, just several vases to help trick the eye into thinking you spent more!

 Tulips, daffodils and baby's breath

Tulips, daffodils and baby's breath

For this arrangement, I knew I wanted the tulips in the main center vase with the daffodils lined up an either side. This meant I needed one wide mouthed vase and 6 small ones. I found these tall heart vases on the cheap at the Christmas Tree Shop.  You can use whatever vases you have handy, even simple glass jars will do the trick.

I first began by arranging the daffodils in the smaller vases.  Note that when you cut these down a bit you will have the outer stems left.  Keep those on the longer side and add them in to give height and another element of greenery.

Once you get all your smaller vases done, line them up to ensure that they all look the similar. The idea here is simplicity in sameness.

Then move onto the larger vase.  I started by placing frogs at the bottom of the vase, arranging rocks around.  I know I am the author of The Grumpy and Careless Frog books, but not that kind of frog. A floral frog is a pronged piece that helps to keep stems in place.  Since I own a few, this is what I use.  If you don't, you can put tape across the mouth of your vase in a checker board pattern.  This will help hold the flowers upright. This link will show you how using regular clear tape.

 Floral frogs set amongst decorative stones.

Floral frogs set amongst decorative stones.

 Push the stems into the frog prongs.

Push the stems into the frog prongs.

Keep the extra daffodil stems for the main arrangement as well.  Don't throw these out just because they don't have a flower attached to them.  They have their own beauty and offer a great contribution to this arrangement.

 Leftover stems reserved so you place these in among the daffodils and the tulip arrangement.

Leftover stems reserved so you place these in among the daffodils and the tulip arrangement.

Once you have all the tulips in, fill in with the baby's breath to create fullness.  Try to fill all the open spaces so the entire mouth of the vase is completely filled with flowers. Use longer ones for the middle section, and cut some shorter for around the edge of the vase. This creates dimension. 

 

 

Then using the leftover green stems, strategically place them throughout the arrangement.  

The combination of these 3 elements using 2 colors keeps the arrangement simple and focused while still feeling bold, bright and abundant.  Happily place these on your prettiest table linens and watch your guests smile.