It may seem obvious, but it's a great place to start!
Blooms in shades of royal purple, lavender and cream add visual dimension to her brunch table.
If arranging a multi-bloom bouquet is overwhelming, opt for an overflowing bunch of a single variety. Try globular hydrangeas in a stunning shade like cerulean — they'll liven up her nightstand, entryway or powder room with a bold burst of color.
Don't be afraid to see double — identical arrangements project statuesque tradition without looking too uniform.
Instead of a normal vase, try placing blooms in an interesting vessel. In a California beach house, designer Krista Ewart placed colorful flowers in these sweet elephant figurines.
You don't have to bother with tall, fussy blooms to set an elegant Mother's Day brunch. A few small buds placed at each setting still make a big impact.
A sprawling display of blooms may seem like the default for special occasions, but a paired down arrangement in an ornate bowl is just as appropriate.
"Cluster small floral arrangements and votive candles down the center to create a unique table runner," says Smith. A pink and purple color palette keeps it vibrant and fun.
You don't always need an elaborate arrangement to impress. For an extra sweet surprise, garnish each place with a sprig or two of sweet peas.
To put the spotlight on Mom's favorite flower, remember to start with the proper base. "An arrangement with a foundation of greenery allows brighter blooms to pop," says Smith.
The flowers don't need to stop at the centerpiece. Tie floral garlands onto chair backs for even more blossoms.
A terrarium is a good option if your mom isn't big on blooms or if you want something that will last longer. Customize the vessel shape and succulents used.
For a glam look, try using a metallic vase with your arrangement. It will make your flowers look even more upscale, like these colorful roses on a bedside table in a Brooklyn townhouse.
Interior designer Marshall Watson says, "I love those voluptuous peonies and roses mixed with the fragile viburnums. I just gathered them from the garden and stuck them in that creamware footbath. Doing flowers like these doesn't take much time, and it gives the room a sense that it's alive." Get the look by choosing a bouquet of monochromatic flowers and a matching vase.
A large flower like a magnolia doesn't need any other adornments. It looks stunning all on its own, floating in a low bowl. This magnolia, from designer Annie Brahler's Jacksonville, Illinois, backyard, enriches her creamy living room palette.
To create this eye-catching display, CQ former senior editor-at-large and current interiors editor at ELLE Decor, Robert Rufino, says, "I used anemones because they have long necks that go in different directions. I like the movement, the way they play with one another in a grouping." You don't have to use just one type of flower. Bud vases are great for separating flowers from a mixed bouquet. Scatter them around your house.
"The stems of parrot tulips are delicate — I love the way they fall over. With the high, open neck of the pitcher, you can create an explosion of tulips," says Rufino. To wake the stems up, drop a couple of pennies in the water.
"A footed bowl is both wide and high, so I wanted a full flower that would also give me height. I only needed four hydrangeas to create this voluptuous, sculpted look," says Rufino. The stems should be different lengths, for balance. Cover the bowl with three flowers, then add the fourth at an angle for height and more dimension.
Rufino explains, "Roses and peonies in a mug have a bountiful look. To create this lush effect, you need lots of flowers. I used about a dozen roses and half a dozen peonies."
"I love the tallness and grace of quince. It's a statement — like having a miniature tree in your house. There are six branches here. The tallest is about five feet," explains Rufino. If you're using a clear cylinder, make sure the stems are perfectly manicured and that you change the water daily.