Arranging flowers for a Memorial Day bouquet is not only easy, it can make your celebration of the day so much more special. Memorial Day commemorates and honors those men and women who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. Although it wasn't declared an official federal holiday until 1971, Memorial Day originated shortly after the end of the Civil War. Celebrated on the last Monday of May each year, Memorial Day is usually observed by hosting family gatherings, visiting memorials or cemeteries, and watching parades.
Traditional colors for Memorial Day include, as you may expect, red, white, and blue. These colors are present on the American flag. The white color symbolizes purity and innocence; red represents hardiness and valor; and blue signifies vigilance and justice. Incorporating these colors into your Memorial Day bouquet is not only recommended, it's strongly encouraged.
Keep in mind that you aren't totally restricted to red, white, and blue. In fact, you can use other colors to break up the boldness of the reds and the blues. Further, you can use different shades of these colors. And you can choose a vase that complements your arrangement. For example, special occasion American flags occasionally sport gold fringe; you could use this theme by arranging your flowers in a gold vase. Or you could stick with something classic and use a clear glass vase or an ivory-colored ceramic pitcher.
The types of flowers that you use and how you arrange them depends entirely on your tastes. For an arrangement with a classic theme, consider arranging red roses and white daisies and carnations in a blue glass vase. Use only a few large-budded roses throughout the arrangement along with equally-sized daisies and small carnations. Let the flowers' leaves peek through the arrangement to break up the dichromatic arrangement.
You could go for something a little more rustic by arranging your flowers in a twig basket, that is, a basket made from sticks or twigs. Fill your basket with white daisies, red carnations, and purple statice. Wrap a deep blue ribbon around the basket's handle for added accentuation.
If you're looking for a less traditional arrangement, use flowers to make a Memorial Day arrangement. Take a standard wreath and incorporate a thick flag-patterned ribbon into an arrangement of small red, white, and blue flowers.
You can accentuate any arrangement with Memorial Day-themed accessories. Use miniature American flags in your vase arrangement or wrap your vase in an American flag-patterned ribbon.
Red and blue are two very bold colors, and it's easy to over-do it with them. Be sure that your arrangement isn't too color-heavy by incorporating lighter colors, especially white, into the arrangement. You can use fillers like baby's breath and miniature carnations, or even go for fern leaves or lilies.