With Fall here and the holiday season knocking on the door, we could all use some tips for entertaining. For me flowers always take center stage and I almost never use fake flowers. Fresh flowers, however, can really be draining on the budget. When hosting dinner parties I like to splurge on wine and the meal itself while keeping the costs for flowers as low as possible. With this practicality in mind I created 4 easy Fall-inspired arrangements under $50, which I thought many of you might find useful. Some of these arrangements will last long after your party. To keep costs even lower, I used vases collected over the years, mostly from thrift stores and gifted arrangements.
Orchid + Berry trio = Delicate Exquisite Express
It isn’t Fall without some berries and these snow white berries compliment the burnt orange and yellow hues in the orchid creating a delicate arrangement. Cymbidium Orchid $34.50 + Snow Berries $13.50 = Total cost $48!
Lily + Oregano = Herbed Sophistication
The dual toned leaves in the ornamental oregano are reminiscent of changing colors of leaves on trees pair beautifully with Calla Lillies. Pinkish tones in the oregano are highlighted by the richer jewel toned purple-pinkish shades of the lilies. The fragrance of the oregano is perfect for dinner aromas. Oregano $9 + Calla Lily $23 = $32.
Romancing the Rose
You can never go wrong with a classic all-rose arrangement. It screams elegance without looking over-the-top. Separating into three vases gives it a modern edge. 12 Gray Silver Finesse Roses = $22. I love the dual shades of the petals which is so Fall! Tip: make sure to cut roses at a sharp angle of 45 degree or more to make them last longer.
Moss balls might be the easiest house plants to maintain, need no watering, and last about a year. Place similar sizes ones in one large bowl or place various sized ones on several clear glass cylinder vases. Chic and minimalist, they are sure to be a conversation starter. Moss Balls 4″ $10 (2pcs) 6″ $15 (2pcs) 10″ $15 = $40
For a modern look I chose three vases to make multiple piece centerpieces but each of these arrangements would look just as pretty with only one vase. My tip, use the same type of flowers in each vase for an elegant and less-fussy look.
Hope you found this helpful. Which one is your favorite? Which one would you steal and how would you change it to suit your style?
images: Manvi Drona Hidalgo