Modern flower arrangement ideas

Updated April 17, 2017

A modern flower arrangement can be a trendy addition to a party or event, like a posh wedding reception, a bar or bat mitzvah or a birthday celebration. Using materials like glass, water and lights, you can make a flower arrangement that is much more unique than a traditional vase of buds.

Water Bowl

Using water as one of the main elements of a centrepiece can give a flower arrangement a modern flare. While most flower arrangements feature a vase of water, filling a large glass bowl with water to the brim and floating some buds on top, makes a statement, and can create a zen-like, peaceful feeling. You can take it up a notch by adding a few drops of food colouring to the bowl, dyeing the water blue or red. Using white buds will make it easier to see the food colouring, as it is drawn up through the stems, thus changing the colour of the buds.


Twinkle lights are a popular decorative item, and can be used to update a typical vase of flowers. Wrap a cord of battery-operated lights into a transparent vase and let the stems of the flowers you are using get wrapped up in the light strand. When you turn on the lights, your flowers will look like they have a spotlight on them, a cool effect for a dark room or an outdoor party, after the sun sets. This trick also can be used with the small, battery-operated tea lights, found at most party stores.

Bud-filled Vase

For a bold statement, consider using tall, oversized glass vases. Snip off buds of flowers of your choosing, and drop them into the centre of your tall vase. Fill the vase with colourful buds, leaves and even some stems, and pour some water into the vase to keep the flowers at the bottom fresh. Then, using a spray bottle, little spray the flowers at the top of the vase to keep them looking healthy. Any large table can support vases upwards of 3- or 4-feet tall, which can add drama to an event being housed in a large dining hall.

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