When was the last time you wanted to order a floral arrangement? Good grief, the last time I looked at prices I was in shock! Not only the cost for the arrangement, the “one more vase”, the personalized card, the little add on balloon, teddy bear or over-priced chocolate bar, but shipping! OUCH! Save your flower arrangement orders for special people who live in far off places.
Some great ways to save on flowers are to buy loose sets in a grocery store. Trim them down to size, making sure you cut the stems at an angle, arrange them pretty, and throw them in a jar or vase – vases are generally $1 at the dollar store. If you aren’t great at arranging them yourself, Google my friends, Google. If you don’t want to get a vase, you can place them in a Ball jar and add a pretty bow to the neck of it.
If you don’t want to put them in a vase, cut a rag into a small 3″ x 3″ square, wet it and squeeze it out, place it on a piece of plastic wrap and wrap the stems up in it. Tie a ribbon around it and hand deliver with a smile. R and I both had the same idea to give her teachers bouquets for the last day of school so last night we went out and bought 2 assorted bouquets. I divided them into several bouquets, making sure to keep out a few pretty ones to give her when she got home from her last day of preschool.
By making your own bouquets you can save those pretty purchases from taking a huge chunk out of your budget and I bet the receiver will be just as happy with your “homemade” hand delivered bouquet as they are with the fancy delivery service bouquet.
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