Every year for the past four years, I have hosted dinner for my in-laws at my house on Saint Patrick's Day. I think I have served the same menu each year: corned beef, cabbage casserole, roasted carrots, and mashed potatoes. My mother-in-law usually brings dessert. We all sit around the table and watch "The Quiet Man" starring Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne while we enjoy a nice hearty dinner together. Being the granddaughter of a very proud County Cork Irishman, it really makes me happy to have this tradition every year.
This year, I decided to step-up my usual centerpiece of potted shamrocks to something a bit grander. This pitcher of flowers will sit as our centerpiece when we have our yearly Saint Patrick's Day feast tomorrow.
You will need very few items for this. Just a vessel for the centerpiece (I used this ceramic pitcher) and some flowers. I like to stick to one or two colors and just use different flowers to show texture.
I used green hydrangea, green poms, bells of Ireland, and baby's breath for a filler.
Place your tallest flowers in the vase first. These will add height and interest to an otherwise boring boquet.
Add the flowers with the most leaves to make a collar. You want something (like hydrangea leaves) to line the top of the vase.
Add the next flowers in little groups and not as individual stems. The boquet will look more cohesive if the flowers have some organization and are not just dropped in the vessel. Give this step some thought. Move things around until you are pleased with the way everything looks.
Add your filler flowers. Baby's breath has a bad reputation. I think it is beautiful and can add a lot of character and dimension to a monotone boquet. Place the filler wherever you see holes in the boquet or where you deem fit.
Remember to have fun with it! Flower arranging is an art and while I have provided some suggestions for you, the purpose of flowers are to put a smile on your face and the face of others who will see it. Do whatever makes you happy. Aren't these bells of Ireland perfect for Saint Patrick's Day?!