Are you getting ready to host a big party?
If so, make sure you take the time to choose the appropriate decor. Believe it or not, decorations play a huge role in determining a party’s vibe!
In fact, no matter what type of party you’re hosting, consider ordering some flower arrangements to spice things up. Flowers can almost always create a timeless, memorable atmosphere. This is especially the case if you want to throw an elegant bash.
In this post, we discuss tips for using floral arrangements to your advantage. Read on for more info!
1. Determine Your Party Theme
This first step is often the most fun. It’s time to decide what theme your party is going to have.
You may already know this. Perhaps you’ve decided to throw an under the sea sushi gathering. Or maybe you’re simply looking for a classy birthday bash for your mom’s sixtieth.
Whatever the case, make sure you have a theme before you start ordering floral arrangements.
Having trouble coming up with a theme? Think about the time of year you will be hosting this party. You may also wish to consider who you want to invite.
If you’re planning on throwing a summertime gathering, for example, appropriate themes could concern the Summer Solstice or even a harvest celebration. If you plan on inviting a lot of your young professional friends, you may want to have a more urban, tech-inspired party.
Be as specific as possible when coming up with your party theme. This will make it easier to select the best flowers.
2. Identify Where the Party’s Happening
Where do you plan on hosting your gathering? Will you be having friends over at your apartment? Or will you be booking a venue of some kind?
Know where your party is happening. Then inspect your party venue. How easy will it be to decorate?
This is more important than most hosts and hostesses assume.
For example, you may wish to host an outdoor patio party. Outdoor gatherings, however, may have limited space for decor or flower arrangements.
Assess all available surfaces for displaying flowers. Will you have tables and buffet surfaces for floral displays? Can you hang flowers from the ceiling or wrap floral garlands around fenceposts?
Use your venue as a means of getting inspiration for what you can do with your floral decor. Remember, floral arrangements don’t all come in vases!
3. Choose a Color Palette
You know your theme. You know your venue. Now is the time to choose your color palette.
The best florists will have access to a whole range of colors, so feel free to brainstorm as unrestricted a palette as possible. We recommend choosing one or two dominant colors and a handful of accents.
For example, let’s say you are hosting your sister’s engagement party. You may wish to choose a color palette that incorporates one or two bold colors, such as navy or maroon. Appropriate accents for these colors include a complementary orange, light grays, and even champagne.
Remember the flowers themselves don’t have to adhere fully to this palette. You can make clever use of vases, ribbons, and other decor to emphasize hues.
Lastly, consider choosing colors that are symbolic.
If you’re stumped with this step, you can always turn to the internet or magazines for more inspiration. Pinterest can be a great resource when it comes to dreaming up party colors.
4. Think Outside the Box
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: floral arrangements don’t just involve vases of blooms. You can get really creative with flower displays, especially when it comes to hosting a party!
Think outside of the box as you plan your floral decor.
Here’s a simple example. A lot of people assume floral arrangements contain fresh flowers. But you can actually go a long way with dried floral bouquets.
The same goes for packets of seeds!
You are also not just restricted to blossoms and blooms. When it comes to floral arrangements, you can make use of green material in the form of leaves, garlands, and vines. Vases also don’t have to be simple glass or ceramic pots. You can display plants in hanging, minimalist containers, or even use air plants!
Think about ways that you can challenge the flowers-in-a-vase norm as you plan your party.
5. Make the Flowers the Focus
One way you can be an outside-the-box decorator involves making the flowers the focus of your party.
This may merely mean ensuring your floral arrangements are what guests see the moment they enter. Your arrangements may also be particularly striking in terms of color and style.
You could also make your displays interactive. You may want to give each guest a blossom from a bouquet. Or perhaps every guest gets to take home an arrangement at the end of the gathering!
Lastly, you could simply throw a plant or flower-themed party. Consider having guests each contribute a flower arrangement if this is the case.
6. Consult a Florist
Florists can be very helpful when it comes to planning a classy party. Contact a local florist to see if he or she would offer a consultation.
Inform the florist about your intentions for party theme and color palette. Communicate what type of mood or vibe you wish to establish with your flowers.
The best florists will be able to help you turn your party visions into reality. They may also help you make more creative, unexpected decisions about your arrangements (such as using dried flowers, succulents, or seeds in your displays).
The next time you plan a party, make sure you use flowers in your decor. Doing so can ensure a memorable gathering!
When it comes to throwing a seriously classy party, identify your theme and color palette ahead of time. Make sure you are comfortable with your venue—this can help when determining the type and extent of floral arrangements you want.
Think outside of the box as much as possible. You can do this by making your flower arrangements the focus of the party.
Are you hosting an elegant dinner party? Check out our other tips for a fantastic gathering here!