Earlier this month I was lucky enough to be invited along to The Ivy Chelsea Garden by M&S to take part in a Mother’s Day flower arranging masterclass! The class was held with award winning flower blogger Rona Wheeldon of Flowerona and M&S flowers expert Simon Richards.
I went along with my friend Emma and a group of us created some beautiful Mother’s Day flower arrangements using the stunning flowers provided by M&S.
Simon and Rona both shared with us their top flower arranging tips including how to care for your flowers, cutting the stems, presenting them in different styles of vase, and even showed us how to wrap our arrangements with tissue paper and cellophane to give them as gifts.
The evening was so enjoyable and relaxed; we were served fizz alongside a variety of delicious canapés including a taster of the restaurants fillet steak, which I will definitely be returning back for to try properly one day! The event was held in the private dining room which was decorated with colourful vintage botanical prints and floral artwork, which made it the perfect location for our flower filled evening!
We each made three different arrangements starting with the beautiful yellow and white narcissi (aka tiny daffodils!) which we cut and tied together with ribbon and then presented in a pretty glass apothecary vase. My Mum absolutely loves daffodils so I just know she would adore this cheerful arrangement!
Next up, we each made a huge rose bouquet which featured over 30 stunning roses (I picked pink.. obv) which we then wrapped in pretty paper. Roses are my favourite flower and I have loved having this huge floral display at home, especially over Valentine’s Day! One of the best things about flowers from M&S is that they promise that all of their bouquets stay beautiful for at least 5 days, and they source as many of their flowers as possible from within the UK.
Finally, we each produced a wild flower bloom bouquet using various different stems including tulips, carnations, santini, and antirrhinum. With this arrangement it didn’t have to be quite as neat and organised as the others, which was good for me as my flower arranging skills weren’t very impressive! We presented our wild flowers in these pretty blue metal jugs which are perfect for using as an alternative to a traditional vase. We got to bring all of our arrangements home and so our living room was full of beautiful flowers last week!
After the masterclass I thought I’d have a go at arranging flowers on my own at home and making my own bouquet. I bought three separate bunches of flowers from M&S: white tulips, yellow roses, and more mini daffodils, and I’ve put them all together and presented them again in the blue jug. I think it makes a beautiful springtime arrangement and would make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day!
I’m actually really pleased with how my arrangement turned out! I decided to opt for yellow roses over pink or red (my usual favourites) as I feel like with springtime on it’s way these yellow blooms give off a happy vibe, and I’m happy that winter is almost over!
Beautiful flowers make an excellent Mother’s Day gift and are bound to make your Mum smile. Why not spoil her with a few little extras too? M&S also do some lovely homeware items that would compliment her pretty flowers perfectly, such as this elegant spring bloom side plate or charming ‘Mum’ footed mug. Don’t forget to pick up a nice card too! P.S. M&S luxury hot cross buns are the best.