Miniature Valentine’s Bouquet and Place Setting
This is my last Valentine post for the year. My plan was to create a series of posts on Galentines but its too cold to host any sort of gathering. And I am in the middle of cleaning and sorting out various pantries and cupboards, so the house is stacked with plastic bins full of kitchen and baking utensils. Hubs is away for Valentine’s Day so it would have been nice to have a girlfriend for a visit, I just can’t get motivated to entertain. So today I am writing to show you one of my ideas for a Galentine party, or as a small gift for a friend.
In order to create a letter-sized printable large enough for the bouquets, I downsized the size of the flowers. These bouquets are about eight inches long and perfect for a friend or daughter. I love how feminine and sweet they are, and they are pretty easy to make. Let me share how to make them.
For each Miniature Valentine bouquet, you will need:[wc_row] [wc_column size=”one-half” position=”first”]
3 miniature roses
sprig of babies breath
1\2 sheet of paper towel dampened very well
1 small plastic sandwich bag[/wc_column] [wc_column size=”one-half” position=”last”]
2- 12″ square pieces of tissue paper
3 feet of wide satin ribbon[/wc_column] [/wc_row]
Prepping the Flowers
The first step is to prepare the flowers, I chose some mini roses (3 for $3.99) but you can do the same thing with any flowers you like. Fill a kitchen sink with warm water and add your flowers, so that the stem end of your flowers are under the water. Prepare each flower by removing any lower leaves and thorns if there are any left.
Place the stem under the water and cut the stem on an angle at about five or six inches. Leave the cut stems in the water while you do the remaining flowers.
Arranging the Valentines Bouquet Florals
To arrange the flowers start by laying the babies breath down first. Then add one tall flower, then two flowers at the back and the last flower on top and an inch or so lower. Finally, add any of the extra floral leaves you have from trimming.
Once you have the flowers arranged the way you like them, hold them in one hand and fold the wet paper towel over the end of the bundle. Wrap the paper towel neatly and tightly around the base of the arrangement. This wet towel doesn’t replace a vase of water but it will keep your flowers for a little while so your friend can take them home.
Take a small sandwich bag and cut off the bottom two inches.
Place the end of your bouquet into the cut end of the plastic bag and wrap it around the bouquet tightly. This prevents the wet paper towel from ruining your outer wrappings.
The Valentine’s Printable
The Valentine’s printable says “two hearts in love need no words” in both English and French. Of course, it can be taken romantically, but have you ever enjoyed those moments with a friend as well? I most certainly have.
1. Print out the printable and lay it good side down with one point at the top. Add two layers of crepe paper making sure there is paper showing above the flowers. I left the top triangle as it was, but you can fold it over if you prefer.
2. Fold over the right-hand side as shown, and then fold the bottom upwards, being careful not to wrinkle the paper.
3. Tuck the left-hand side in and under the flowers.
4. Take the bottom right-hand corner and wrap it over the flowers, creating a bundle.
The final step is to tie a large pretty ribbon around the bouquet. Make sure that it’s not wrapped too tight as you don’t want to crinkle the wrapper.
Miniature Valentine Placesetting
Here is a pretend place setting I created as an example. To create the place setting I used my everyday white dishes and linens.
The floral bouquet is such a simple little addition but it adds a really soft sweet touch to our everyday dinnerware.
I hope your Valentine’s Day is special.