Make Valentine's LAST Longer than a Day

Flowers die. They wither up, shriveled and brown and fall over broken at their necks.
On February 21st every year, many women throw out bouquets of those broken, tired blooms.
Today, I am going to show you three ways to make Valentine's Day last.
While cut flowers will always make your girl smile, there are gifts you can give that will KEEP her smiling.

Thank you to Proflowers.com for providing the lavender wreaths as the creative impetus for this post!

NOW.  Do you recognize that cluster of flowers?  That is lavender -- arguably one of the most beautiful smelling flowers and certainly one of the best for preserving.  ...and THAT is the key. Preservation.  One way to give your girl flowers that last is to simply give her a PLANT instead of cut flowers.  That plant will at least last several months and at best, she can plant it in the garden in spring and it will last for many years.  Today though, I want to focus on another floral gift that you might not immediately think of when you think of Valentine's Day.  

Think round.

Think fresh.

Think fragrant.

Think WREATHS.



A fresh floral wreath will smell amazing when it arrives (this is FRESH lavender folks!  I wasn't expecting it to arrive so purple!!), but as the lavender fully dries, it will still keep its shape and still smell amazing.  These lavender wreaths from Proflowers.com are made of a bright blue/purple lavender and they come complete with a pretty satin bow and a whole heap of lavender buds that have fallen off during shipment.  Note that the wreaths are still lush and full, but there was at least 1 cup of lavender buds in each box.  DON'T THROW THEM OUT!  Use those fresh lavender buds as decoration, as a cheese topping (below) or save them for future crafts.  I love lavender in THIS MICROWAVE SOAP and THIS HONEY BUTTER.


While your Valentine might love flowers, chances are they definitely like cheese or chocolate.



If you think chocolate is the way to her heart, you won't want to miss these brownie ladybugs :)

...or these conversation heart "pops"!  Who wouldn't love those?!?!


To create a Valentine's table, I decided to take the ribbons off of the wreaths and flip them horizontally onto the table.  
Smack in the center went candles and the cheeses were piled high with lavender buds and orange slices on a tiered stand.


 

After Valentine's day dinner, the wreaths can be hung traditionally and enjoyed for months and months!


 So this year for Valentine's day...think about a gift that can be enjoyed over and over again.

Think potted plants.

Think preserved and dried wreaths.

Think cheese and chocolate that can be savored for weeks!

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