I had fun putting together the flowers for Mother's Day dinner. I wanted to have a rustic feeling, with lots of texture, so my first thought was to use Mason jars, which I have in abundance. Then I added a few bags of sea glass that I picked up at the Christmas Tree Shops for a buck a pop. (That's pretty much the bargain of the century as far as I'm concerned.) Rustic? Check. Texture? Heck, yeah.
Next I had to figure out what kind of flowers to use. I love white, which is what I used in my wedding. It's classic, goes with my plates, and pretty abundant. So white flowers were topping my list. I found parrot tulips, which were pretty reasonably priced. But there's a dark secret about working with tulips. Once you take off the leaves--which was my plan--it turns a huge bunch into a few measly buds. Lamesauce, for sure. So I bulked up the arrangements with another set of white stems. I have no idea what kind of flowers they are other than gorgeous. Sorry I can't be more specific, but any white flowers would work.
Once I removed the leaves, things went pretty quickly. A stem here and one there, and in no time I had three arrangements that worked well with my rustic barbecue concept. I love how the flowers spread out and take up as much space as they can get. It made the table feel full, but visually uncomplicated.