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“If each person brings a bunch of flowers and a snack to share, celebrating the season’s newfound warmth will be a breeze”

Plan Your Own Flower Potluck

Words by Amy Merrick Photographs by Parker Fitzgerald

Fill your arms with flowers and use our ideas for coming up with your own flower potluck. Invite your friends, assemble the flower arrangements and get ready to share a feast.

Friends, flowers, food. Is there really anything more? Raise your springtime serotonin levels by gathering a group of your favorite people for a flower-arranging potluck and lunch. If each person brings a bunch of flowers and a snack to share, celebrating the season’s newfound warmth will be a breeze.

No. 1 In the same way that you want a mix of mains, sides, appetizers and drinks at a potluck, the floral materials should be equally as varied. Friends should bring a single bunch of one type—branches, flowers, foliage, a case of mason jars or a handful of garden shears.

No. 2 Create an arranging buffet. Each variety should be organized in its own vase or bucket. Label with the name if you feel fancy. (Not feeling fancy is okay, too.)

No. 3 Embrace mismatched colors and wild, foraged materials. Have fun and arrange loosely! Flowers look the prettiest when they seem to be growing out of the vase, so try not to cram them.

No. 4 Remember to cut stems at an angle and remove leaves from below the waterline. Change the vase water daily for the longest show.

No. 5 Flowers can be found anywhere. The farmer’s market, local nursery, grocery store, your backyard or the side of the road are your best bets for a good deal.

No. 6 Arrange first and eat after. Sweep off the table when it’s time for lunch but don’t bother with the stems on the floor. A pretty mess is to be savored. Set the table with your finished bouquets and enjoy together.

Parker Fitzgerald shot this story using a Leica M3 and Kodak Professional Portra 160 Film.

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