Spring Entertaining: How to Make a Better Bouquet

There's enough to think about when entertaining. In our house, the one thing that often gets the back burner are flowers. And it's ironic because I love fresh flowers, but it's the one thing that starts to seem overwhelming in the midst of planning a meal and picking up wine.

The Bon Appetit blog recently had some great tips for making a simple bouquet. So simple, in fact, that even I can do this in the midst of party prep. I think the key is not to stress too much about which flowers work best with other flowers because you could end up spending far too much time hemming and hawing at the market. Instead, pick out seasonal blooms that jump right out at you, and get home to start trimming and arranging. Here are four great, simple tips to get you on your way:

1. Buy More Than You Think: Flowers look best when really packed into their vase or container.

2. Go Seasonal: Peonies, tulips and daffodils are easy to find right now and brighten up any space.

3. Trim, Trim, Trim: Remove the leaves and trim stems short enough so the tops of the flowers are just flush with the top of the base.

44. Get Creative with Containers: Don't feel as though you need to stick with more formal vases. Mason jars make awesome vessels, look festive on the table, and are quite inexpensive.

Read more: Flower Arranging Tips at Bon Appetit

Related: Beautify: 7 Spring Flowers for The Kitchen

(Image: Martha Stewart)