Beautiful flower arrangements, especially in spring, are a delight to behold. They grace our homes and provide gorgeous color and a design focal point. They bring us joy and make us smile. The colors, textures, shapes, sizes ~ all evoke a sense of beauty and serenity. Nothing fulfills our desire for beauty in our lives more than nature’s gift of flowers. And when those flowers are arranged in beautiful containers, an additional element of style contributes to our home decor ~ farmhouse, French, whimsical, contemporary, Asian. The material used in the container ~ wood, glass, ceramic, metal ~ contributes to the overall appeal of the arrangement. To put it simply, nothing is prettier than a beautiful flower arrangement.
But, there is another important thing that beautiful flower arrangements can do. They raise money, lots and lots of money. For a very good cause. Last year I shared on the blog about Junior Charity League of Dallas, a women’s volunteer organization that I have been so proud to be a part of for 14 years, and our annual Benefit luncheon. Every year our group of about 80 women host a fun~filled event for 400 guests, featuring a bake sale (items made by members), silent auction, raffle, Bingo, and a plant sale. The entire proceeds of the luncheon support the rehabilitation center of our local county hospital, Parkland Hospital, one of the leading trauma and burn centers in the country.
There is something for everyone (everyone loves Bingo!), but I know for many, myself included, it’s the plant sale that is the big attraction. A committee of volunteers ~ no one is a professional florist ~ spend 3 days just before the event designing and constructing about 100 beautiful flower arrangements. The flowers and supplies are bought wholesale, containers are purchased at different sources, and the plant committee gets busy. Having served on this committee twice many years ago, I can tell you that it is 3 straight days of intense work, but the results are amazing. This year I was asked to be the “semi~official” photographer for Benefit. I love this job because I get to go around the ballroom on set~up day and take pictures of all the beautiful flower arrangements, pretty bake sale items, the gorgeous centerpieces and the lovely ballroom.
How 100 Beautiful Flower Arrangements Inspire Generosity
So once again, I want to share these beautiful flower arrangements with you, hoping that you’ll be inspired to create your own. You may not be raising money for a charitable cause, but you’ll be bringing beauty into the world ~ and that’s a good thing.
Every year a committee creates beautiful centerpieces, and, of course, they are for sale. This year’s stunning centerpiece featured roses in shades of pink and green hydrangeas which coordinated with the pink and green color scheme of this year’s Benefit. The arrangement sat atop a tall glass vase, making it easy to see your table mates and adding to a feeling of height and soaring ~ this year’s theme was Flying High on the Wings of Hope and the butterfly was the symbol.
Here you can see the pretty tables decorated in the ballroom. You can see how beautiful the tall centerpieces fit in with the green tablecloths, pink napkins, and pink chair bows. Everyone gets a Bingo card at their seat.
Beautiful Flower Arrangements
I’m sharing just 16 of the beautiful flower arrangements that were for sale. Now multiply that number by 6.5 and imagine a large room filled with tables of arrangements. That’s how impressive and beautiful it is. Everyone always loves orchids.
This one definitely has an Asian esthetic.
And this one has a contemporary look in shape and the metallic finish on the container.
Aren’t these orchids stunning? I picture them on an entry table.
This time of year we invited a few bunnies to the luncheon.
Guess who took this bunny home?
For those of you who love blue and white, this container with its white hydrangeas and ivy would be a good choice.
More blue and white, but in a more formal container with coral~red azaleas, ferns and ivy. We do love our azaleas in the South.
More azaleas in 2 completely different types of containers. The one on the left has a more tropical feel and the one on the right has a sweet touch with the blue and white pattern.
If you like a more farmhouse look (pick me!), this arrangement is for you. I love the shade of blue in an enamel pitcher with the pink geraniums. The blue patterned container on the right is also very pretty contrasted with the orange flowers.
These 2 pale blue pots with the gold trim and painted flowers was one of my favorites, but someone beat me to it. I think it as traditional with a French esthetic. The salmon colored begonias are so pretty.
If white containers are your preference, then these 2 flower arrangements would be your choice. Some tropical greenery, pink azaleas and pink splash are a great contrast with the white ceramic container. I love the twisted handles.
Here’s another sweet white pot with white “polka~dots”. I love the simplicity. Gosh, these pink azaleas would make Scarlet a happy girl.
If I didn’t already have several wire containers, I would have snapped this beautiful flower arrangement. It has a soft, natural look to it.
Sometimes, an arrangement is beautiful with just green. This precious tool box filled with herbs had me at hello. And guess what? It came home with me. The metal containers inside the wood tool box and the sweet little herb markers are right up my farmhouse vibe. I know that Sweet Shark will take the herbs and plant them in just the right sunny spot in our back yard. I’ll find another purpose for the galvanized pots and the tool box. Look for them in a future post, for sure.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of some beautiful flower arrangements. This photo tour was just a sample of everything that was in the plant sale and I think every single arrangement sold. The folks who need equipment for rehabilitation after a traumatic injury will be the beneficiaries. Traumatic injury can happen to anyone: the CEO of a major company hit by a truck on a morning bike ride, the fireman who lost his fingers after being trapped in a burning building, the high school student severely burned while constructing a science fair project.
Blessings to my fellow volunteers everywhere. Whether you build a house for a single mom and her kids, deliver food to the home bound, read to kids in an after school program or make beautiful flower arrangements, you bring beauty and comfort to those around you. And that is a good thing.
Later this week, I’ll share one of the items that I made for the bake sale ~ the cutest Easter basket cupcakes. You don’t want to miss them.