A fresh-cut bouquet of flowers is the go-to hostess gift, but the standard store-bought bunch picked up on the way to the party can feel so stale and generic. DIY-ing an arrangement can be intimidating, but it's easier—and more affordable—than you think. Domino style editor, Elaina Sullivan, put together three chic options that would work as a gifts, centerpieces, or even alternative wedding bouquets. So forget the cellophane-wrapped grocery store bouquets and follow her tips and tricks for standout florals.
The Tropical Bunch
"You don't need a lot to make a statement when working with tropical plants," says Sullivan. To make this bunch, she pieced together three different types of exotic greens, relying on their diverse shapes and colors to instill an element of excitement.
Get the look: Pair three anthurium floral stems with a variety of palms for the backdrop. Here, Sullivan used feathered palms. If you have trouble sourcing palms, regular flower fillers will do.
Pro Tip: If you're in New York, head to Caribbean Cuts in the flower market; it is the go-to shop for Meta Flora, a popular floral design studio that makes jaw-dropping sculptural displays.
The Blush-Toned Bunch
"This is something you could create from your garden or farmers market," notes Sullivan. When picking your pieces, aim for contrasting colors and a mix of textures.
Get the look: This arrangement features a deep red smoke bush and light pink peonies. The smoke bush is the ultimate bouquet two-for, with its fluffy plumes and flat leaves, and it's bold enough to play second fiddle to large blooms without getting lost.
If you can't find smoke bush, sub in red orchid flowers or even geraniums.
The Potted Bunch
Skip the florals entirely and go for a potted plant (after all, plants are very on-trend). Opt for a multi-colored variety with wide leaves that give off a floral feel, like this white and green caladium. Pick a stylish vessel that contrasts the plant and can be reused in the future.
See more floral inspiration:
Floral Styling 101: How to Make an Asymmetrical Bouquet
14 Non-Traditional Wedding Bouquets That Wow
Transform Supermarket Flowers Into Gorgeous Bouquets