Summertime centerpieces.. it really doesn’t get much easier than this.
Step two: choose a vase, or a dish, or a pot, or even something offbeat like this depression glass ring mold that usually sits in the back of my cupboard. (Check out the window to see how the kids are doing. Ooooh and ahhh over their daring bike tricks. Ask them if they have decided which flowers they want to pick.)
Step three: half fill the dish with something to hold the flowers and give them stability; this is a great use for all those “pretty” rocks your kids are so good at finding. I’ve used some old seaglass here, but you also could tangle some vines (stripped of leaves) and fit them into your dish. Hecksakes, you could even go all out and buy yourself some florists foam, if you’re that sorta gal. (Step out onto the front porch and admire the chalk drawing the kids made on the sidewalk. Draw their attention to the flowers you secretly wanted them to pick. Wonder aloud if anyone knows how much you love those particular flowers… sigh. )
Step four: Into a quart of lukewarm water add three tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and fill dish two thirds full of the mixture. Reserve remainder for refreshing arrangement. (Check outside to see that kids are “almost done.” Exclaim with pleasure at the beauty of the flowers they have chosen and how fortunate you are to have such gifted flower-pickers in the family.)
Step five: strip leaves from the lower portions of the flower stems (the part that will be submerged in water) and carefully place flowers into dish. There are all sorts of methods of flower arrangement... I however, tend to stick with the What Looks Nice Method, mainly because it’s workin’ for me and also because I know nothing about arranging flowers, really. (This method also works best when one has the benefit of several small assistants… which of course… ya do! Yay!)
Step six: plunk one of Becky’s marvy candles smack dab in the middle. (Sniff every single one of the candles in the cupboard. Give everyone a chance to sniff every single one of the candles in the cupboard. Try and remember whose turn it is to choose the candle this week.)
Step seven: break out the milk and cookies. Admire your beautiful centerpiece. Tell the kids that you couldn’t have done it without ‘em. Because really, you couldn’t have.
And you wouldn’t even want to try. Nuh uh.