Truth be told sometimes I used to get off the bus I rode to college just short of campus because there was a spectacular florist along the route and I couldn’t help but stop in and see what new things were going on in the store. Pretty flower arrangements are something I have always loved to splurge on and I could spend hours in that store just walking through the rows of gorgeous blooms.
As a grown up its a little harder just to flit about wherever and whenever I like. I’m a little more accountable and there are too many things that don’t get done if I don’t multi-task. So when I was invited to see what Safeway was doing in their floral departments in the Pacific Northwest I was only too happy to accept. Buying flowers with my milk and vegetables is one way my floral habit becomes a necessity. They are no longer flowers. They are GROCERIES.
I was surprised to find out that the tulips at Safeway were local blooms. I was also quite impressed with the flower selection. The floral department could have been a flower shop all on its own.
Some other bloggers and I were shown how to create ‘lyrical’ flower arrangements with romantic vases and ribbon. We learned about tying bows and how to take a few bunches of grocery store blooms and arrange them into really fabulous bouquets. I loved that there were step by step instructions on how to play florist at home and I’ve been loving the how-to videos I’ve seen on their Facebook page.
I was given a bunch of blooms to take home and arrange in some vases to practice what I learned and I played florist in my kitchen while my kids practiced baseball one night. I felt like I was recreating my college days when I would walk through that beautiful store and imagine all those pretty flowers in my home. Apparently each season brings a new trend and I can’t wait to see what new floral designs will appear in my grocery store next.
(PS. I received flowers, some vases and a book to try out out what I learned at home but was not required to write a review and the opinions here are my own.)