One glance at the ethereal weddings and home-thrown showers on Pinterest shows that baby's breath is alive and well ... and not in the way you remember. Creative minds are putting the former filler-flower center stage — a spot commonly reserved for roses, peonies, and the like. The resulting centerpieces and other arrangements are effortless, chic, and minimal; in other words, everything that's hot right now.
Here are six unique ideas for bringing baby's breath into your home in an unexpected way.
1. Photo Garland
Draping wall art with a string of buds is an unforeseen flourish that brings flowers up and off the table.
How to do it: Trim baby's breath, leaving at least three to four inches of stem. Working one at a time, use floral wire to twist and secure stems together to create a line. Carefully drape garland over the top of your art, tucking the end behind the frame to secure if needed.
2. Simple Centerpiece
A strand of baby's breath running down the center of a table is an effortless centerpiece for any occasion.
How to do it: Trim baby's breath, leaving at least three to four inches of stem. Working one at a time, use floral wire to twist and secure stems together to create a line the same length as your table.
3. Cake Stand Wreath
Transform a plain cake stand with a homemade floral wreath around the pedestal; it's an instant upgrade!
How to do it: Trim baby's breath, leaving at least three to four inches of stem. Working one at a time, use floral wire to twist and secure stems together to create a one- to two-foot rope, depending on the size of your cake stand. Wrap the garland around the base the cake stand. Secure ends together using more floral wire.
4. Petal Place Settings
Give guests a little bouquet to take home at your next party! Simple muslin bags are the perfect vessel.
How to do it: Stick scrap paper in muslin bags to prevent bleeding. Write guests' names on the front using a permanent marker; remove scrap paper. Trim baby's breath a few inches longer than your muslin bags. Divide baby's breath among the bags and add to your place settings.
5. Airy Terrarium
One or two branches of baby's breath is all it takes to create a stunning centerpiece when you tuck them, terrarium-style, under a glass cloche.
How to do it: Pick the two prettiest branches of baby's breath, and trim, leaving about four to five inches of stem, depending on the size of your cloche. Holding the cloche upside-down, arrange the baby's breath inside. Carefully flip over onto the table.
6. Bouquet Boule
Bunch baby's breath together for a simple but stunning arrangement in a small pedestal bowl.
How to do it: Trim baby's breath leaving at least three inches of stem. Start adding stems to a pedestal bowl shallowly filled with water, starting around the outsides of the bowl and working your way in. Add any additional stems to areas that look sparse. Change the water every two days to keep the flowers fresh.
(Image credits: Erin Phraner)