There's a reason why we called this design-it-yourself arrangement a piece of cake. Each type of bloom is like a color-block you can simply chop and drop into the vase one at a time. It's like a grown up version of paint by numbers!
Start with your tallest flowers first. Depending upon the variety you received this may mean snapdragons, foxglove, stock or others. Gather all the stems in your hand and use your free hand to stagger the heads in your hand. These will be the tallest element in your vase- aim to have the lowest bloom 1" to 2" above the lip of the vase while the tallest will tower at around 7" to 8" above the edge. Measure the stems against the height of your vase, trim and then place so the stems are in the middle of the vase.
Repeat these steps with the next tallest stems like tulips or calla lilies. These flowers will be some of the fuller-headed elements in your vase so aim to have the shortest stem 1" to 2" above the edge of the vase. The tallest should sit just below the taller elements you started with- around 4" to 5" above this point. Pro-Tip: these blooms make great fillers for any holes once you're done arranging. Reserve two or three stems for last looks!
Last up, your big-headed blooms! Anything that opens beautifully (think roses, peonies, or anemones) should be placed last. These are your focal flowers so they should get front and center placement. By now your vase should be feeling close to full. Use the existing stems as a structure for these last flowers. Measure, trim, and place each stem one or two at a time, aiming for the shortest stems to start no closer than 1" above the lip of the vase and for the tallest to rest around 3" to 4" above the edge. Pro-Tip: leave more space than you think you'll need when working with your big-headed blooms!
Give it a Zhush! Rotate individual stems so the head of each flower fan out in all directions for maximum visual appeal. Pull individual stems up for additional height or give some an extra trim. Bonus points? If you have any stems leftover grab a bud vase (or a small drinking glass) and style a quick mini arrangement. We love the look of flowers throughout the house but especially on your bedside or next to the sink!
To help your blooms live their best life, we recommend placing your vase at least three feet from any sunny window and away from any obvious heat sources (like a radiator). Bacteria build up is natural (and unavoidable) as the stems age. Change the water daily (or as often as you can remember) so your blooms are always getting a fresh drink! Trimming the stems at the same time as your water change will also ensure they're hydrating efficiently. Pro-Tip: different flowers will bloom and begin to wilt at different times. Removing any less-than-desirable-looking flowers will help keep their vase mates looking fresher longer!