Floral Friday: Patriotic Flower Arrangement with an American Flag

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Memorial Day Weekend is a week away and we’re ready to celebrate the Red, White and Blue!

It’s also the third Friday of the month, so I’m joining my blogging friends for Floral Friday! You’ll find their links for more floral inspiration and flower therapy at the bottom of this post.

Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, is observed on the last Monday of May, and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the U.S. It’s also the unofficial start to summer which means more boating time and nautical fun on the lake!

Our theme for this edition of Floral Friday was a patriotic centerpiece to celebrate Memorial Day, Flag Day (June 14th), July 4th or for summer celebrations! I gathered some grocery store flowers~ red alstroemeria, blue and white hydrangeas, along with some flags.

I used my favorite flower arranging hack and recycling tip, reusing those plastic netting bags that produce comes in (usually citrus and avocados). The netting is strong and flexible, making an ideal material to support your flower stems and saves you the step of taping off a grid pattern on your vase! Cut the netting to size to fit the top of your vase. Instead of floral tape, I used wide clear packing tape which makes it quick and easy to secure the slippery netting to the vase. Tape the netting to the sides of vase, stretching it to keep it tight as you tape. The tighter the netting is, the more support the flower stems will have.

To create this patriotic centerpiece, I used two vases, one to nest inside the other, and an 8″ x 12″ handheld flag. You find the handheld flags at big box stores or the craft store (my 8″ x 12″ flag was $1.68 at Lowe’s). The handheld flags are also available in a 4″ x 6″ size and could be used for a smaller arrangement. Remove the flag from the stick and place it inside the large vase. I added a couple of sheets of white printer paper and trimmed them to fit inside the vase to hold the flag against the glass vase. The white paper lining in the vase also makes the flag colors more vibrant and serves to make the back of the arrangement neat and tidy so the flowers stems are concealed.

Add water to your inner vase and then your flowers, using the netting to arrange and support your stems. Don’t forget to use the floral preservative packets that come with your flowers to prolong the life of your flower arrangement! If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make you own with this easy formula.

If you’re using cut hydrangeas in your arrangement, make sure you use the alum-dipping method to prevent your hydrangeas from wilting.

I cut some sprigs of Japanese privet that were blooming to add to the hydrangeas and alstroemeria.

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Quench your thirst and kick off your summer celebrations with some Red, White and Blue Sangria, as easy to mix as it is to drink!

This is an easy beverage for summer sipping and serving, adjusting the flavors and fruit to your palate, party, and guests! It only takes five minutes to assemble in a large pitcher. You can mix it an hour to two in advance of serving.

Most sangria calls for brandy, rum or triple sec, but I used a citrus vodka for this patriotic batch. Or mix up a refreshing mocktail version using lemonade, ginger ale and cranberry or pomegranate juice.

You can find the Red, White and Blue Sangria recipe, HERE.

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Visit my talented blogging friends to see their patriotic floral inspiration this week:

Pam at Everyday Living

 Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Thank you for your visit!

Sharing with:  Metamorphosis Monday,
The ScoopWow Us Wednesdays,  Feathered Nest Friday

  40 comments for “Floral Friday: Patriotic Flower Arrangement with an American Flag

  1. May 18, 2018 at 6:45 am

    I so love the vase and of course the flowers too! Cannot imagine how great it must be to have a drink on the deck overlooking that beautiful lake! Love the idea of using the Citrus Vodka for the Sangria. Another most fabulous Floral Friday Mary!! Have a beautiful day and weekend, hopefully without much rain!

  2. May 18, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Mary, what a beautiful red, white, and blue arrangement in that most patriotic vase. Your tutorials are always the best! I agree with Shirley, it would be wonderful to sit on your pier and enjoy your sangria and take in the view of the lake! I love sharing Floral Friday with you and have a lovely weekend, please send the rain my way!

  3. Teresa Emenheiser
    May 18, 2018 at 7:34 am

    I always feel like I just went on a mini vacation when I look at your pictures! Sooo pretty and inviting!

    • May 18, 2018 at 9:13 am

      Thanks so much Teresa! Happy weekend 🌸💐🌺

  4. Catherine L
    May 18, 2018 at 7:39 am

    Bonjour Mary, vos fleurs sont magnifiques encore une fois….Et la sangria bien tentante….tchin tchin ! comme on dit en France ! Bon week-end

    • May 18, 2018 at 9:08 am

      Merci Catherine pour tes gentils commentaires et visites. Salutations et bonne fin de semaine. ♥

  5. Kathryn Kinney
    May 18, 2018 at 7:55 am

    I sometimes do florals for church and retirement facilities for the joy of sharing. I have gathered so many ideas from you over the years. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • May 18, 2018 at 9:12 am

      Thank you so much Kathryn! I know your church and organizations must appreciate your thoughtfulness and the beauty your flowers provide. 🌺💐🌸

  6. May 18, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Beautiful! You are a wonderful source of knowledge and inspiration! THanks so much Mary, for sharing all this with us. Have a fabulous weekend.

    • May 18, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Thank you Ann! Enjoy your Royal Wedding Party tomorrow wedding! 👰🏻 👑 ☕️ 🇬🇧

  7. May 18, 2018 at 8:20 am

    So clever Mary! It is red white & beautiful! Yes, it’s almost time to begin the summer celebrations! 🇺🇸
    Jenna

  8. Gail
    May 18, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Thanks for the inspiration

  9. May 18, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Love for Flowers and love the USA! You have encompassed both!! Thank you! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  10. May 18, 2018 at 8:59 am

    I love your vase idea, Mary, and the arrangement is as beautiful as ever! I love when you share your tips with us. I wish I could sit and enjoy a sip of your yummy sangria and overlook your pretty view of the lake.

  11. Karen
    May 18, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Beautiful🇺🇸

  12. May 18, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Mary, I so look forward to Floral Fridays and the beauty your blogging friends share. What a wonderful start to my day!

  13. May 18, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue-tiful! I love your recycling/arranging tip using the netting, which I’ve Pinned to my ‘Flower Power’ board. The addition of the flag in the vase takes this over the top! I’m definitely using this idea for 4th, thanks Mary!

  14. May 18, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Hooray for the RED, WHITE, and BLUE! Mary, your lake side setting is perfect for a patriotic holiday. Your tips and the arrangements are right on. Thanks for sharing and inspiring! Have a Happy Patriotic summer.

  15. May 18, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Mary, this is so lovely! I love the idea to use the flag sandwiched between two layers of vases, so patriotic! Your floral arrangement is stunning and that backdrop of the lake, well, that is beyond beautiful. How I would love to meet you there for a glass of that delicious sangria. Hope you have a happy weekend, friend. Xo Lidy

  16. Cyndi Raines
    May 18, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Long may she wave! What an awesome patriotic floral display! I LOVE IT! Pinned and will copy for sure! I think this will look lovely anywhere it is displayed. Hanging my porch buntings today! Thanks Mary, over-the-top as always! 😊♥️🇺🇸

    • May 18, 2018 at 10:17 am

      Thank you Cyndi!❤️ 🇺🇸🌺

  17. May 18, 2018 at 10:27 am

    What a simple way to display the flag down inside the vase but very impactful!!! You have the best ideas, Mary, and that sangria looks divine. Have you tried the new ginger ale and lemonade mix?

    • May 18, 2018 at 10:29 am

      Thank you Jane! No I haven’t, I’ll be on the look out for it 🇺🇸🌸

  18. May 18, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Beautiful Mary. Love the way you created your patriotic vase. A lovely setting on the lake. Thank you.

  19. Sue Wallin
    May 18, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Such a delight to find another Floral Friday! Absolutely beautiful, clever…thanks to you and to your friend’s tips and photography!
    I loved the picture of your Sangaria, even it showed red, white, and blue, loved the white icecubes and their pattern.
    It’s good that we take time to pause for Memorial Day, remembering those so dear that gave us so much. Thank you for all the new ideas and inspirational ways to do just that! It will be nice to carry on through 4th of July. Thank you Mary and friends. 🌷💮💙

  20. May 18, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Of course I absolutely love your patriotic arrangement with your beautiful lake in the background! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…I’m going to attempt to recreate this for our Memorial Day celebration at our lake. Wish me luck and thanks for the great tips!

    • May 18, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Good luck! I’m sure yours will be beautiful!

  21. Joan
    May 18, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Mary what a beautiful tribute to Memorial Day.
    Joan

  22. Marilyn
    May 18, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    What a beautiful setting and display for all the service people that gave their lives.
    Marilyn

  23. Marion
    May 18, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Your patriotic display is lovely. Tomorrow is Armed Forces Day and this suits that day too.
    Marion

  24. Patti
    May 18, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous, as always. The colors are just fabulous!!

  25. gert stevens
    May 18, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Mary, how beautiful! You’re so gifted with coming up such great deals… would love to visit this setting by the lake …awwww

    Blessings,
    Gert

    • May 18, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you for your sweet comment Gert! Happy Weekend ❤️🌺🌸💐

  26. May 18, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Just beautiful, Mary. Love how you did the vase! We are having our dinner group here Sat night so will set a patriotic table. Wish I could share some sangria with you on your dock! Have a great weekend!!!!

  27. Virginia
    May 18, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Mary, thank you so much for more wonderful ideas for entertaining and especially for guiding us through the steps so we can recreate similar arrangements and prepare beautiful and tasty recipes for our friends and family.

  28. May 19, 2018 at 4:56 am

    Hooray for the red, white and blue! I’m always happy when I see our patriotic colors come out to play Mary. Your arrangement is very pretty and the sangria looks pretty tasty too:@) It’s going to be a rainy weekend here, guess I should work on my RWB tree for the summer. Have a great weekend!

  29. May 19, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Mary, I have missed your posts having been out of the country for two weeks. How nice to see your post today. I love your pedestal container with a flag wrapped around on the inside. You do a vase inside a vase so well. Your selection of flowers and patriotic colors and placement in a tray surrounded by refreshments is so pretty. With the lake in the background it is so eye catching and celebrates the occasion nicely.

  30. Karen
    May 20, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Once again, you made me look like a hero! I took this wonderful idea and built 2 of these: 1 for me and 1 for Mom. However, I used all faux flowers and flags purchased at the Dollar store and it still looked great! Thank you for all your amazing ideas!

    • May 20, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      Hi Karen, Thank you for letting me know! I hope you and your mom enjoy your arrangements! 🇺🇸🌸❤️

  31. May 21, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Looks like you are all set for a perfect weekend!

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