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How To Use Props To Make Spring Flowers POP!

How to use props to make spring flowers POP!

Spring brings new beginnings, and flowers like tulips, ranunculus, snowdrops and narcissi can’t fail to lift our spirits. They look gorgeous on their own – but with the right props they can look sensational.

If you’re an independent florist with lots of spring or summer events booked in, you’ll know it’s a creative and fun time of year for floral design. But buying enough floral props can be a big investment – plus, if space is limited, where to store them? Think event prop hire instead – it’s a way to get the very best accessories for your show-stopping events, with none of the commitment.

Need inspiration on props to use? Here are five favourite ways to make spring flowers POP!

1 CHOOSE A STATEMENT VASE

Nothing says spring days like tulips. As they bloom in a rainbow of colours they’re really versatile and can fit with any event theme. Here, I made some gorgeously-hued tulips look even happier in a tall hot pink vase for a showcase event at Stationers’ Hall in the City. People couldn’t help but smile when they saw them.

Tall pink vase in Karen Woolven prop hire range

 

2 GIVE PUSSY WILLOWS ROOM TO CURL

Pussy willows grab our attention in early spring when they sprout soft, velvety catkin buds. Show them at their stunning best by curling around brighter blooms like tulips within a tall glass vase – or a clear glass goldfish bowl from my event prop hire range. This arrangement was for a photoshoot for London caterer Party Ingredients.

Tulips and Pussy Willow in a tall glass vase Karen Woolven

 

3 TEAM SPRING FLOWERS WITH SILVER

Ranunculus come in a wide range of colours, but I especially love white ones for spring. They work beautifully with other spring flowers, like white snowdrops and yellow tulips and narcissi (seen here in another floral design for my catering client Party Ingredients). Petals that have just burst into flower look all the more natural and delicate grouped in a row of polished silver beakers.

Tulips, ranunculus and snowdrops in silver beakers to hire Karen Woolven

4 KEEP GERBERAS SIMPLE

When it comes to go-to spring flowers for floral design, pretty orange gerberas rate highly. They’re warm, vibrant and 100% cheerful, and usually don’t need more than the simplest floral prop out there – a clear glass vase (take a look at my most popular one for event prop hire here). When I design with gerberas I like to make the final arrangement look natural and just a little bit imperfect.

Glass vase gerberas in event prop hire range Karen Woolven

5 IF IN DOUBT? BOX IT OUT

Some events call for a break from the usual. For one spring wedding I worked on, the couple asked for a centrepiece with a twist – jewel-coloured anemones, rosemary and candles nested in a particular wine crate that had a special meaning to them. It worked!

Anemones, rosemary and candles in a wine crate Karen Woolven Floral Design

 

EVENT PROP HIRE TO THE RESCUE!

My workshop in Dartford, Kent, is full to the brim of floral props to hire that I’ve collected over the years:

  • Clear glass vases
  • Mirrored and silver vases
  • Candle holders and lanterns
  • Urns and pedestals
  • Coloured glass
  • Birdcages and trees
  • Mirror bases

Browse the full range of props and see if anything takes your fancy.

It’s easy to order online, or you can tell us what you need on 01322 558016. Then collect your selection from the workshop yourself, or we can arrange to have them delivered to you.

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