As Valentine’s Day and warm weather draw closer, it’s always fun to surround yourself with fresh flowers and feminine colors. After how much fun my friends and I had at our Christmas party making wreaths, I thought I’d continue the tradition of having a party with activity by creating a DIY Flower Bar for a little Galentine’s party complete with champagne and macarons. I’ve enlisted the help of Floral Designer, Shean Strong, to help you make a DIY Flower Bar for your next gathering.
A Valentine’s day soiree wouldn’t be complete without some champagne and some macarons. Our friend Beth at Southern Peach Pastries is whipping up the best macarons for your next event!
How to Make a DIY Flower Bar
Shean, what drew you to creating floral arrangements?
I 100% stumbled into flowers- I was asked by my best friend to help with her wedding and ended ups booking two weddings at her wedding- I had no idea what I was doing- I exclaimed: “you going to get what you get, and can’t pitch a fit.”
“you going to get what you get, and cant pitch a fit.”
I got their color palettes and built the floral off of that. It truly was by happenstance that I started to design- and here I’m am- designing weddings all over and teaching floral design workshops to those who are interested in the industry or want to know how to have a beautiful centerpiece for a dinner they are hosting.
How long have you been in business? What would you say your greatest accomplishment has been?
Officially I’ve been in business for two years but unofficially doing weddings for five. I wholeheartedly believe each wedding I’ve been asked to design is a great accomplishment. I’m taking conceptual ideas and feelings and marrying them to literal design elements. I love that moment when the bride sees her reception space or her ceremony location and see how e went above and beyond her expectations. That is my moment. That’s when I know I accomplished something for someone on their special day…
That’s when I know I accomplished something for someone on their special day…
How many types of flowers should you try to incorporate when putting together a DIY Flower Bar at home?
I love having three types of greens: a filler, a gesture, and a showstopper. So something like peonies as your showstopper, astilbe as your filler and ranunculus as your gesture or dancer flower. Don’t limit yourself to just 2 or three- feel free to keep adding if you feel it’s not complete- but that should give you a good foundation.
What are the best flowers for a girl on a budget?
You know- I’m one to go to my local grocery and pick up some tulips, dusty colored carnations and some roses- primp back some petals you’re golden. It will make a beautiful arrangement for you kitchen, nightstand, or anywhere in between.
What is the best way to care for your flowers once you’ve bouquet’ed them?
Flowers really just want water. Fresh. Clean. Water in a clean vase. I’d try to change the water ever other day and give the stems a fresh cut.
What is your floral arranging advice for people with zero experience?
Flowers have their own shapes and movements and take up space differently- let them do what they want to do. Your job is just to highlight their natural tendencies.
Your job is just to highlight their natural tendencies.
Thank you, Shean, for your insight! We can’t wait to use these tips for our next spring gathering.
Well, there you have it! Make a DIY Flower Bar at your next party with these super easy steps! A DIY Flower Bar would be great for any spring soiree you have planned, like bridal showers, engagement parties, baby showers, birthdays and more! Don’t forget some colorful macarons from Southern Peach Pastries and some rose for your guests! It’s always fun to have a little bubbly on hand for flower arranging.