Exotic SpecimensEven if you want to make a statement, a simple arrangement can do the trick. Just a few stems of cymbidium orchids (in a low glass vase filled with rocks) looks more elaborate than it is. Remember to use stems with more than one bloom, and if you keep the water clean, this arrangement should last from four to six weeks.
Strength in NumbersHeady flowers such as hydrangeas take the guesswork out of floral arranging. Leave the stems long and make fresh, diagonal cuts at the bottoms. Keep a few leaves near the flowers but remember not to let any leaves to touch the water, and they will practically arrange themselves in a tall, cylindrical vase.
Reconsider the VaseFlirty, feminine buds such as peonies are more at home in a charming container like this teapot than the nondescript vase that held your last Valentine’s bouquet.
Scour your china cabinet -- or a flea market -- for fun, unpredictable pieces to use at your next gathering. Pitchers, urns, tureens, and even mason jars are fun options.