Putting it all together _ Once you have selected your flowers and vase, its time to start putting things together. If possible, first cut each flower stem diagonally about one inch from the bottom while holding the end of the stem under warm water. Use your kitchen sink or a large basin. This helps ensure each stem will absorb moisture and nutrients easily. As you cut each flower, transfer it to a temporary "work" vase, which should be halfway full of water.
Gerbera daisies are a wonderful choice for adding whimsy and fun to a shower or birthday party. These sweet, festive stems come in every color imaginable from primary to pastel and cost very little compared with many other flowers. They are also almost always in season and a favorite with many local growers. Talk about a great look for a great price! And, if you can only afford a few of the flowers you love, why not choose to fill things in a bit with lush greens, baby's breath or carnations in the same color? You'll achieve the look you want at a fraction of the cost.