Like the elegantly-crafted earworm that invaded airwaves (and our heads) in the summer of 2012, calla lilies are one of those favorites that we'd beg, borrow, and steal for. We love them in mixed bouquets for their structure and height, but we also love them all by their gorgeous selves in that I-just-met-you, head over heels sort of way. To celebrate our love of lilies, we give you Calla Me Maybe - our ode to the calla (and Carly Rae Jepsen). So cue up that playlist and keep that store holding right here for all of our top tips and tricks to get arranging like a pro!
First step, unwrap all the elements in your box and then fill your vase 3/4 of the way full with cool tap water. Don't forget to dissolve the contents of the flower food packet into the H2O before you get going!
Next, get arranging. Remember, you're the designer on this one. Feel free to create as much (or as little) shape as you'd like! The only firm rule is to give the stems a quick trim (a 1/2" snip at least!) before you place them in the vase.
Pro Tip: to create a staggered effect like we did, gently grasp a small bundle of four to five callas in your hand. Pretending your hand is the vase, arrange the blooms to your desired heigh and fullness so that your bundle of callas will be one section of the final arrangement. We like to stagger the stems so the heads fan out (rather than clump at the same height). Staggering the stems will also give your arrangement more of a casual feel. As we like to say, sisters not twins when it comes to height!
When your mini bundle feels right, grab your scissors or shears and cut the stems below your fist. Place the stems into your vase. We like to start by placing our mini bundles around the sides and then working our way towards the middle. As you go, rearrange any blooms or give any stems an extra trim as you see fit!
Parting words: Frequent water changes and avoiding super bright and overly warm spots in your space will ensure you enjoy these beauties for days on end! Word to the wise: this vessel is one of our all-time faves for its simple shape and cool, corrugated finish. Because it's made of metal, it is known to sweat - avoid placing directly on any delicate or porous surfaces, and, if you must; use a small saucer or tray underneath to collect any perspiration.