Carnations are thought of as kind of tacky; I usually try to avoid them altogether. However, now they can provide an inexpensive way to enjoy fresh flowers.
I recently saw these arrangements; they’re a ton of carnations gathered together into a large glamorous poof and tied together with a clear rubber band. It’s a simple way to make these flowers with a bad reputation finally look chic.
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The cupcake craze has driven some of us a little cuckcoo. I love them as much as the next girl, but the cupcake trend has obviously grown out of control. However, I have found one reason why we don’t have to resent the hand held treat just yet.
Cupcakes for a Cause is a program that will benefit CancerCare for Kids.
CancerCare for Kids is a very distinct program that focuses on a child coping with a cancer diagnosis, either a close loved one or their own. We know from our clinical experience and research that help for children coping with cancer makes a big difference. CancerCare’s professionally trained social workers offer counseling, other social services and recreational programs to children and their parents to help them manage this difficult situation and to feel less alone.
This week (Sept 21-27th) bakeries and florists around the country will be selling cupcakes and cupcake shaped flower arrangements. A portion of these proceeds will be donated to CancerCare for Kids. You can find participating stores near you here. If you feel like being a little more proactive you can host your own bake sale and donate your earnings. Cupcakes for a Cause even provides a “toolkit” on their website that includes bake sale tips, recipes, and even a sign to advertise your event.
It’s hard to be cynical about cupcakes in this context. In fact, this makes me fall in love with cupcakes all over again, even if it is just for this week.
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Flowers can transform a space… a obnoxiously dramatic statement, but true. They make a difference. For my graduation party last Saturday my parents wanted to fill the house with as many flowers as humanly possible. We made about 11 arrangements for around $15 each… and we used all roses!
Make Flower Arrangements Damn Near as Good as Martha Stewart’s but for a Lot Less
Where to buy?
1. GlobalRose.com–flowers grown on in South America are shipped FREE with FedEx to your house two days before your event (though note, you must order them 6 days before the event). I bought 250 stems of assorted colored roses for only $130! (Neither flowers.com nor your local florist can top that) The colors were beautiful and the flowers have lasted for six days and counting (though they are starting to wilt).
2. Costco… yes Costco. I was there last week and they had a great selection for around $15/ a bouquet. However Costco is not always a guarantee, so just be ware.
How to arrange?
I needed a few vases that were identical so I went to AC Moore and picked up some for around 6 bucks each, and while I was there I also got some bricks of floral foam for about $4/package.
1. Cut a cube of floral foam, place in vase, and fill with water
2. Grab some fresh leaves from the closest tree (it doesn’t matter what kind, we even used Holly leaves) and place all around the vase to cover the foam.
3. Cut rose stems at an angle and stick into foam to make your desired arrangement (in my opinion, it’s hard to make roses look bad)
For a few of the arrangements I made rose-puffs using about 22-25 roses in a fish bowl vase, but your options are endless. I hope this is useful for your next soiree!
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