Customize Your Roses With A Unique Vase

Gertrude Stein’s famous quotation, “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose” is often interpreted as meaning “things are what they are.” But I like to shake things up a bit and put my own spin on them. And when it comes to roses—the # 1 gift for Valentine’s—there are so many ways that you can make yours a truly original, one-of-a-kind gift from the heart!

We all know that red roses say, “I love you,” but so does giving someone a bouquet of colored roses in an unexpected “vase” that has special meaning.

Coffee Rose Arrangement

I’m a big fan of anything vintage. I love the colors of this old Maxwell House coffee tin, so I created a similarly-hued bouquet of “coffee break” and “Florida” roses to give to a special friend. We try to get together at least once a month to catch up over a cup of coffee, and I truly cherish our friendship and our monthly “coffee tawk.” I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect time reach out to all of the special people in my life to let them know how much their love and friendship means to me. (You could also send this arrangement to a loved one with a card that reads, “Our love is good to the last drop!”)

I’m a Queens girl living in Rockaway Beach, and Coney Island in Brooklyn holds a special place in my heart. I’ve taken many spontaneous trips over the bridge to ride the Cyclone, play Skee Ball, catch a ballgame, or grab a hot dog at Nathan’s. My father even took my mother there on one of their first dates in the late 1940s to ride the Parachute Jump (also known as the Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn). So this arrangement of “Wild Spirit” roses nestled in a Coney Island mug from Fishs Eddy (another favorite fixture of mine) would be the perfect Valentine’s gift for me! I think an arrangement like this would be perfect to send to a guy as well.

Of course you can’t go wrong giving red roses, and these three tips will help you stand out from the crowd!

1. The element of surprise!


2. Wear your heart on your sleeve!


3. (shoe)Dazzle her!


If you liked this article, you may also be interested in some of our other Petal Talk articles from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Floral & Lifestyle Expert Julie Mulligan:

*How to Preserve Flowers with Wax
*Roses Being Arranged in a Vase
*How to Make Your Roses Last


Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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