The Art of Small Flower Arrangements

Fresh flowers always do their magic, they really liven up any room.  It doesn’t really matter much if the arrangement is big or small.  It’s the colors, the textures and often the scent of real flowers that matter most. Today, I’m sharing a trio of tiny vases, filled with left-over flowers from a large bouquet.  The Art of Small Flower Arrangements.




The Art of Small Flower Arrangements




Welcome to Monday Morning Blooms!  If you came here via my friends Shirley, Pam or Mary, I hope you grab a cup of coffee or tea and join me for some flower therapy today.  It’s always such a blessing to join them for our special Mondays. We hope you enjoy them too, and get inspired too!  I’ll share my friend’s links at the bottom of the post,  I hope you will go visit them.






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Last week, I bought a big bouquet of flowers. We were having photo shoot after photo shoot here at FrenchGardenHouse for our fall Gift Collection, and for some of our print advertisements.  It was so hot, that by the end of just three days, most of the flowers had given their all, and were no longer useable.




Because I still had some photos to style, and also because I knew our beloved Monday Morning Blooms was coming up, I decided to go with small. Really small.



The Art of Small Flower Arrangements



The Art of Small Flower Arrangements



That’s what I’m sharing today. Because sometimes you have just a few flowers left from a bigger arrangement., You can also cut a few flowers from your garden and a few snips of greens here and there. These small arrangements are easy to make.




They are simple to re-create at home, they don’t require a lot of flowers, and they still add the magic of flowers to your home.




The Art of Small Flower Arrangements






The Art of Small Flower Arrangements




For my small arrangements, I selected small French drinking glasses….they are just 3″ high.  I filled them with a few apricot pink roses, a few deep burgundy wine mums, a pink dahlia, and bright green coffee berries.




There really is no secret to them, just cut the stems short, and arrange the flowers until you like where they are. Easy.  Sometimes smaller IS better!




autumn flowers



The Art of Small Flower Arrangements




The dahlia’s had quite a few “buds” left, so I just cut those at varying lengths and placed them in each tiny vase.  One vase seemed a bit empty still, so I used a stem of eucalyptus in that one, cut into short pieces.




The Art of Small Flower Arrangements



The Art of Small Flower Arrangements




That’s really the beauty of using fresh flowers, they are beautiful all by themselves, so there is no need to fuss. Just a few blooms in a little container can liven up any corner.




Three little bouquets make this a special table setting, marching down the center and surrounded by antique candleholders with beeswax tapers.



The Art of Small Flower Arrangements


white table setting with flowers




The linen napkins are new. Aren’t they glorious? I love the pristine with that blue embroidered crowned monogram.




They add elegance to every table setting.




The Art of Small Flower Arrangements



I combined the napkins with my white dishes with a gilt rim, a French Country linen table cover {formerly a sheet}, antique silver and mother of pearl flatware, and a new wine glass and an antique gilt rimmed cocktail glass.




As you know, I like to mix it up over here!  I am not afraid to mix era’s and inexpensive with antiques.  As long as they all get along visually and make me smile, I’m for it!



fall floral bouquet






White Linen Napkins with Blue Embroidery >

Beeswax Candles >




floral quote



Tips for Making Small Flower Arrangements


*Keep your flowers fairly small.  Roses, smaller dahlia’s and mums are a good size.  If you want to splash out and use a larger flower, you can add one per small vase.

* Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of flowers. Often just a few are just right. You can always fill in with a few clippings of greens from your garden.

* Odd numbers always look better.  Three flowers, two stems of greenery, two larger flowers with a stem of greenery etc.



Happy {almost } fall dear friends.




Be sure to visit my friends!





French Autumn Floral Inspiration

PAM at Everyday Living


French Autumn Floral Inspiration

MARY at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs


French Autumn Floral Inspiration

SHIRLEY at Housepitality Designs


The Art of Small Flower Arrangements

and me, LIDY at FrenchGardenHouse




What flower do you ALWAYS want to have at home? {if cost wasn’t an issue?} 





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19 thoughts on “The Art of Small Flower Arrangements”

  1. Love these, Lidy. The relaxed yet refined styling is en pointe! The dark mums against the pale dahlias and roses, combined with those green coffee berries – exceptionally attractive! Thank you for this lovely, seasonal transitional beauty.

    1. Rita, thank you so much! Sometimes simple is better, I was happy to still rescue the few beauties left over after our extraordinary heat wave. Not having air co here by the beach works great, except for the few days in late August. {I secretly put air conditioning on my “wish” list finally.} Wishing you a beautiful Labor Day, friend. xo

  2. I enjoyed this post so much. Such beauty in small flowers marching down a table! The entire table looks so cheery and those napkins with the blue on them completed the look. All so beautiful. Thank you, and Happy almost Fall!

    1. Thank you so much Ashley! I hope you and your family are well. Happy almost Fall to you too…after the temperatures we have had this weekend, I am more anxious than ever!!

  3. Alice Genzlinger

    I needed Monday Morning Blooms today. Your table setting is so elegant . The small arrangements are perfect. I love to iron linens and yours are perfectly ironed. Beautiful.

    1. Alice, thank you! At times I love ironing linens, too, it’s so rewarding isn’t it? {I confess – other times I just flatten my linen napkins out and hope they settle down in the armoire!} Wishing you a lovely Labor Day!

  4. Lidy, what an elegant and gorgeous tablescape. The small arrangements with the candlesticks make such a beautiful presentation! I love the pretty colors you chose of the light pinks with the deep maroons. It is all so very pretty. I hope you have a most beautiful week ahead!

  5. Shannon, thank you so much for joining us this morning. And also for loving my tiny flower arrangements- these days more than ever it’s the small things that bring joy!

  6. Hi Lidy. I love the quote. Perfect for today’s special table. The flower arrangements may be small in size; however, grand in appearance and elegance. Always swoon over those gorgeous napkins gracing the exquisite place settings. Happy to join you today for our always special day of Monday Morning Blooms!
    Happy Labor Day!!

  7. Lidy, your table is elegant and the small arrangements are just perfect. They allow ease of conversation, and that is so important when guests are at the table. I love the new napkins, so beautiful. The antique candle holders with the beeswax tapers add more beauty to your table. I would be honored to sit at one of your stunning tables. It is always a pleasure to join you for Monday Morning Blooms xoxo

    1. Pam, I would love to have you join me! I only had a few flowers, but often that is all it takes because even a single bloom is so beautiful, and the perfect creation of our God. xo

  8. I love how you do small things in a great way Lidy! The mini arrangements are perfectly sized to grace your table and I’m swooning over your monogrammed napkins! So happy to be sharing blooms with you today. Wishing you a Happy Labor Day. <3

    1. Thank you so much Mary! Sometimes small is just fine, if not more than fine. I love sharing our MMB with you too!

  9. Lidy, your table is so french. So elegant. The antique candle holders with beeswax candles are perfect with your small and elegant arrangements. Those gorgeous napkins are the crowning touch. Just lovely.

    1. Thank you Bonnie…at first I thought “oh, it’s not special enough for a Monday Morning Blooms!”, but then I realized that often, all of us at home have exactly just that, a few flowers, to work with! : )

  10. Sharon Crigger-Stokan

    What lovely small arrangements! I love to do small arrangements, too, with flowers specially picked from my gardens for my favorite little vases. Most of which were inherited from my mom or special gifts, which makes them even more special! Your deep burgundy mums are so lovely and really set off the other flower colors! Have a wonderful week!

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