$50 seems to be the minimum going price for a hand held prom bouquet these days. CRAZY! My son gave me permission (with an okay from his date) to give it a go at making one here at home for his junior prom tonight.
I rushed off to Trader Joe's at 8:30am this morning to make sure I got first pick at the day's flowers.
The dress is a purple/lavender color so I went with purples and whites with some greenery picked from around my yard.
Here is the selection of stuff I came home with from the store for about $15.
I also scrounged around the house and in the sewing drawer (which contains 40 year old products handed down from my grandmother).
Next I cut off the pricky things and excess greenery and anything that didn't look fresh and healthy from my flowers. I made piles of the cleaned stems. And got to work - mind you I was really nervous that I wouldn't be able to do this.
Next, cut the stems to an even and shorter length - with something really sharp. This was harder to do then I anticipated.
I then wrapped the satin ribbon from top to bottom and back up to the top. I turned under the ribbon edge and used white headed applique pins - the only appropriate pins I had here at the house. You can purchase white headed floral pins that are longer and probably better, but these seemed to work fine and hold well. I went thru the tape AND into some of the stems for security - hopefully this will be okay.
Here are some more shots of the finished bouquet. I placed it in a sturdy vase that wouldn't crush the flowers and put a scant bit of water in the bottom to keep the stems hydrated. I removed a shelf from our extra fridge so there was room for it to stand in the vase without touching anything and gave it a final spritz of water on the blooms to keep it fresh. I hope this will work and by 6pm tonight it will still look good!