Choose a container that will complement the shape and color scheme you have in mind. If you are just starting out, go with a traditional size vase __ not too tall, and not to squat. As a general rule, your container should be about one_third to one_half the size of your finished arrangement. So, for a vased bouquet you'll need mostly flowers with longer stems. A smaller bowl or basket is fine, too. You'll simply have to cut stems shorter and may need floral foam to help position each bloom. It helps to start with the simpler designs and work your way up, and a vased bouquet is often recommended for a first project.
An individually designed flower bouquet makes for an ideal gift as it is thoughtful with a personal touch. Keep in mind whom the bouquet is being created for. The tone of the bouquet is largely determined by the colours you choose. It would be preferable to choose the receiver's favourite colour as theme for the arrangement or bouquet.