Springtime is approaching, and the best flower arrangements, both in your garden as well as in your home, can bring the life back that the cold, grey winter took away. And, besides Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, and May Day, Easter is probably one of the springiest holidays there is. Here are 15 gorgeous flower arrangements you need for your Easter party, with the meanings of each one inspired by Florists’ Transworld Delivery (FTD).
1. Multi-Colored Roses
What’s cool about roses is that each color, beautiful in their own unique way, has its own significant meaning. I’m sure every romantic knows that red roses symbolize “love and romance, pink roses symbolize gratitude, grace, admiration, and joy, orange roses symbolize enthusiasm and passion, yellow roses symbolize friendship, and white roses symbolize innocence and purity.” There are many other colored roses one can find, like peach (which represents modesty, genuineness, sincerity, and gratitude), ivory (which symbolizes charm, thoughtfulness, and gracefulness), or even lavender (which can symbolize enchantment, wonder, splendor, and mystery). Whatever colors you choose, it’ll for sure brighten up the center of the table. You could even make a rainbow with literally all the colors.
I put this flower below roses, as they are both my favorite flowers. The color of the sunflower, as bright as the sun, symbolizes “vitality, intelligence, and happiness. The color yellow also traditionally symbolizes friendship. Sunflowers also symbolize worship and faithfulness in various religions because of their resemblance to the sun, which is associated with spiritual knowledge and the desire to seek light and truth. The Incas used sunflowers to symbolize the Sun God and brought them to temples for worship. The priestesses also wore sunflowers on their garments and as crowns.”
3. Candy Centerpieces
Other than flowers in the springtime, the thing that’s commonly the most associated with Easter is candy. I’m talking chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, jellybeans, everything of that sort that you’d most likely find in the plastic eggs hiding around every corner. How you choose to line them up is totally up to you. One may build it entirely out of a combination of the wrapped chocolate eggs as well as the candy-coated ones all in a vase with unwrapped chocolate bunnies on a playfield of grass at the center of the table. But, that’s just me.
4. Yellow and White Daisies
An old Celtic legend says that daisies symbolize “innocence and purity. According to the legend, whenever an infant died, God sprinkled daisies over the earth to cheer the parents up.” They also symbolize “chastity and transformation because of the Roman myth of Vertumnus and Belides. Vertumnus, the god of seasons and gardens, became enamored with Belides, a nymph. He continuously pursued her, and in order to escape his affections, she turned herself into a daisy. Daisy’s scientific name Bellis stems from this story.”
This is probably a flower that’s seen the most in terms of Easter decorations, so it only makes sense that they’re seen in the center of your flower arrangements. Tulips commonly mean “perfect love. The meaning of perfect love is tied to Turkish and Persian legends about the love between Farhad and Shirin. There are a few variations of this tale. According to one story, Farhad was a prince. He was in love with a beautiful girl named Shirin. Unfortunately, Shirin is murdered, and this tears Farhad apart. In desperation, Farhad rides his horse of a cliff, and a red tulip grows where his blood touches the ground — the symbol for perfect love.” Like roses, tulips come in many amazing colors with very different meanings. Red tulips “grow as signs of everlasting love, pink symbolizes happiness and confidence, purple symbolizes royalty, yellow symbolizes cheerful thoughts, and white symbolizes forgiveness.”
6. Carrot Centerpiece
Especially as kids, the primary mascot of Easter today is a bunny that hops around laying eggs filled with candy. And what do bunnies eat? Carrots, of course! You can’t get any more Easter than that. For this bouquet, keep the green roots attached at the end of the carrots, stick them in a water-filled vase, and maybe even top it off with a colorful flower or two.
7. Yellow, Orange, and White Daffodils
Another very popular springtime flower, the brightly colored daffodils symbolize “rebirth and new beginnings. It became associated with new beginnings (and the coming of spring) because it is one of the first perennials to bloom after the winter frost. Though daffodils do grow in shades of white and orange, they are best known for brightening up the garden with their cheery yellow hues.”
8. Peeps Lined Vase
Besides carrots, you really can’t get any more Easter in your flower arrangements than with the addition of this sugar-coated marshmallow treat. For this one, take a pack of the bunny-shaped marshmallows and line them around your flowers in a clear vase for a brightly colored centerpiece. If you really want to get creative with this idea, stick a couple of the original chicks around the outside of the vase.
9. Baby’s Breath Basket
This next flower arrangement is another one that fits with the background behind this holiday, as it is a religious one because it symbolizes the power of the Holy Spirit in Christian faith. It also represents innocence, pureness, and freedom from outside influences or corruption, everlasting and undying love, as well as self-discipline and the ability to stay focused on love.
10. Lily Assortment
Though this next flower has a subcategory literally named the Easter lily, those flowers are best kept outside. My personal favorite is the pink lilies, also known as stargazers, that symbolize prosperity and abundance. There are also white lilies that symbolize purity and virtue, red lilies that symbolize passion, orange, or tiger, lilies that symbolize confidence, pride, and wealth, and yellow lilies that symbolizes thankfulness and desire for enjoyment
11. Tulips and Roses
Going back to the first few options for your flower arrangements, there’s no saying you can’t combine the two. If you look back at the meanings behind each color of these flowers, it can only make this flower arrangement shine brighter.
12. ProFlowers Purple Prose Bouquet by FTD
If you’re one that prefers to buy your flower arrangements as they come rather than combining them on your own, then have no fear. There are plenty of options to choose from, from places such as FTD. If I might make a suggestion, one choice that personally stands out is this particular bouquet fit with pale pink gerbera daisies with “fragrant lavender stock, dark pink spray roses, violet mini carnations, Queen Anne’s Lace, and lush greens.” A little bit of everything really does go a long way.
Going back to a little of a flower’s beauty goes a long way, this next one is no exception, as they usually come with one or two with a longer stem. One might choose white orchids which symbolizes innocence and purity, as well as elegance and reverence, while pink symbolizes femininity, grace, and joy. Yellow orchids, like other flowers, symbolize friendship and new beginnings. Purple symbolizes royalty and admiration, and are traditionally given as a sign of respect, and orange symbolizes pride, enthusiasm, and boldness.
14. Carnations and Lilies
This next duo goes very well together, not just with the blossoming pedals but also with the inner beauty behind this particular flower. The carnation is known to mean fascination, distinction, and love. White carnations symbolize “purity and luck, light red carnations symbolize admiration, dark red carnations symbolize love and affection, pink symbolizes gratitude, and purple symbolizes capriciousness.” You can choose yellow carnations, but they are known to symbolize disappointment or rejection.
15. Flowers in a Basket
Who says your flower arrangements have to be in a vase? Take some more inspiration from this childhood activity and fill any type of basket, be it twine or metal, with all the flower types you please. You could even use this list as a creative insight.