Integrating flowers, real or fake, into birthday party decorations gives the event a splash of color. A simple vase of the guest of honor’s favorite flowers may serve as a table centerpiece, but consider using flowers in a variety of ways to liven up the birthday party decor. You can select a palette or theme and use flowers that incorporate the theme, or just take a walk through your garden to find blossoms, plants, vines, sprouts, twigs and other natural items that brighten the space.
Examine your party space, If you plan to stage your party outdoors, you can add flowers to garden beds, container gardens or trellises. If your birthday party is happening indoors, look for good spaces to set up vases, jars, cans or pots to hold flowers.
Select containers for floral decor. Larger, heavier containers work well in parties, where people tend to knock over smaller, lighter items. However, if you have a high shelf, niche or mantel, line it with mismatched lightweight containers of various materials, heights and colors for a funky, festive look.
Incorporate nontraditional containers and presentations for flowers. Large seashells may hold a scattering of small blossoms or petals, while a single large flower looks dramatic in a bowl of water. Scatter dried flowers on saucers or around candlesticks. Attach paper or silk flowers to fishing line and suspend it over windows, around a gazebo, from the ceiling or on the walls.
Arrange flowers in artistic ways. A single, tall stalk looks dramatic in a long, thin vase, while a tight bouquet of tea roses has a fanciful look when spilling from a vintage teapot. Group a series of blossoms by color. Combine bright, jewel tones with deep green plants and vines for a verdant look.
Accent floral party decor with other natural items. For a beach theme, combine tropical blossoms with driftwood, shells and sea glass. For a jungle or tiki look, go with strange-looking succulents, orchids, palm leaves and bamboo stalks. A child’s birthday party might feature small blossoms arranged around fairy or gnome houses constructed of twigs, moss and stones.
- When using wildflowers and garden items, inspect the leaves and petals for insects before bringing them inside for arrangements.
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