By Annie Heath
If you were raised like me, it’s not okay to show up to a party, dinner, or overnight stay empty handed. I can’t tell you how many bottles of wine, cute serving platters and pounds of coffee I’ve bought over the years. I wish I had known then what I know now.
Trader Joe’s flower department is BOMB.
Today, I’m going to walk you through how to choose and arrange a kickass bouquet, using only flowers I bought at Trader Joe’s.
Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers… Oh My!
So, you’re at Trader Joe’s ready to sift through the pool of gorgeous blooms for your bouquet components. What do you buy?
- Every bouquet consists of three kinds of stems: thrillers, fillers and spillers. Thrillers are your focal flowers, the real show stoppers. These are the flowers you’ve heard of before, for example: dahlias, peonies, roses, and sunflowers.
- Fillers, like their name, help fill out space in your bouquet. These are your secondary flowers, such as: spray roses, mums, wax flower and thistle.
- Lastly, a spiller gives your bouquet that whimsical, fresh picked feel. They add height to your arrangement, or spill dramatically off the side of your bouquet. Eucalyptus and Italian ruscus come to mind.
At Trader Joe’s, a sleeve of each component usually costs between $2 and $5. Score!
Once home, it’s time to process your stems. This essentially means editing each piece to its most usable and beautiful form.
Start by removing all the leaves and buds that will fall below the waterline of your vase (about ⅔ of the stem). On a particularly voluminous stem, like eucalyptus, processing also means cutting off a few extra branches.
Now, it’s time to start arranging! Start with your thrillers. I usually hold three in a soft triangle in my hand, so it looks like they’re talking to each other. Fill in the surrounding space with your fillers. Lastly, tuck in your spillers.
Tie it off
Still holding the arrangement in your hand, flip the entire thing upside down. With a ribbon or string, wrap your bouquet several times around the neck of the arrangement. Pull both loose ends of the string taut, and then tie them in a knot.
Cut, cut, baby
Now, cut all your stems to the same length! When in water, the neck of your bouquet should rest on the lip of the vase. Usually, this means stems are about the length of two fists.
Fresh to death
To keep your bouquet lasting its longest, cut your stems at an angle and change the water every day! Way to go, flower child. Go spread the love!