shoulda been a florist // mini bouquets from trader joe’s

I’m a sucker for all things tiny, especially mini bouquets, so I decided that this month’s florist column would be all about sweet, tiny bunches of flowers. I also prefer to think of Valentine’s day more in terms of Gal-entine’s day. That makes it feel way more fun and gives the day a lot less pressure. I share a studio space with 5 other women, so I decided to give each of them a little treat to make their hearts sing.

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I also wanted to keep things affordable — so often flowers can get really pricy especially if you’re buying them for multiple people. So, instead, I turned to my favorite grocery chain: Trader Joe’s! All of the flowers I used in this shoot is from Trader Joe’s and cost about $30. Not bad, huh?

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I picked whatever looked good at the grocery store: white tulips, pale pink roses, wax flowers, and white snapdragons. I definitely built my color palette around the gorgeous pink roses, including creamy white and pale bits of purple.

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I always find it easiest to layer bouquets from the back to the front. I laid down a bit of greenery that came with the roses, then built my mini bouquet from there.

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I wanted to give my girlfriends a gift that they can keep year-round, so I wrapped each mini bouquet in a cloth napkin. Build your bouquet on the napkin, then fold up the bottom flap. From there, fold in one side, then the other… sort of like a burrito! Tie with a bit of twine or fancy ribbon and voila!

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I left a bouquet on each of my studiomates desks to give them a pleasant surprise for Valentine’s Day. You could do this for your friends, roommates, or even your neighbors!

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Please note this post is not sponsored by Trader Joe’s — I’m just a big fan!