Flowers are a wonderful way to bring life (literally) into your home, but who says bouquets are just for flowers? Bring the bounty of the produce section into your fancy dinner party centerpieces — or, even better, more casual everyday arrangements.
We chatted with Callie Bladow, the lead floral designer at BloomThat, a national flower delivery service that's been called the Uber for Flowers, to find out how to include delicious things — think kale, kumquats, and quinoa — in your autumnal arrangements.
Callie is no stranger to the food world; in fact, before working at BloomThat, she was the GM and Wine Director at a Michelin-starred restaurant. "Food and wine and flowers should live symbiotically," she says, and the options are basically limitless.
Here, she shares a few ideas for making easy, beautiful flower arrangements with surprising ingredients. Hit up a farm stand or produce section with these ideas in mind.
Herbs & Spices
- Mint: Sprigs of mint are great additions for short-vase arrangements and go perfectly with fragrant garden roses. They give bouquets (and rooms) that minty-fresh smell.
- Thyme: This filler gives a fresh, a woodsy smell to your bouquets. A great addition for any season!
- Rosemary: Perfect for a traditional holiday feel. This herb is super structured so it holds up well in bouquets.
- Bay Leaf: This works well for a fresh green filler that gives off an herbaceous fragrance.
- Hanging Pepperberry: These little berries (what we know and love in our pepper grinders) are a great way to add texture and movement in your bouquets.
- Lavender: Available in late summer and early fall, lavender can be wrapped just by itself, dried, and enjoyed for months!
Pro Tip: This is a great way to keep herbs fresh. Use them after the flowers have lived out their life.
Fruits & Veggies
- Kale: This is a BloomThat staple filler and can be used in a variety of bouquets, thanks to its vibrant colors of green, white, and even purple.
- Kumquats: This fruit is a great way to add a citrusy kick of color and texture to any table arrangement.
- Pomegranate: These work well for when you want to add structure to your favorite table garlands.
Pro Tip: This is a great way to use those outer kale leaves that are too tough to cook.
Grains, Seeds & Nuts
- Wheat: This grain is great for adding height and texture, and is always available during late summer into fall.
- Amaranth: This is a traditional fall bloom that comes in green, bronze, and burgundy. Once dried and harvested, this beautiful bloom is turned into quinoa!
- Pistachio: Pistachios grow on branches — and those branches are the perfect addition to make any bouquet scream "fall"!
Where to Shop
Check local flower marts (Chelsea Wholesale Flower Mart in New York and the San Francisco Flower Mart in San Francisco are great) and you can also pick up seasonal items at Whole Foods stores. Also look at farmers markets and farm stands for sheaves of grains or other unusual edibles to plump out your flower arrangements.