Vibrant blooms and fun garden gifts are the perfect way to say "Happy Mother's Day" to your very special mom. For Mother's Day, flower arrangements that are as special as they are easy, look no further than BHG.com.
Peonies are a classic and beautiful choice for a Mother's Day flower bouquet, especially because they bloom abundantly April through June. Gather a bunch into a pretty pitcher for a refreshing twist on the traditional vase, and display them inside or outside.
Editor's Tip: Ants tend to be attracted to peony buds, so before bringing them inside, turn them upside down and gently shake out the ants. Or dip the bloom in a bucket of cool water for a few seconds or until all the ants are gone.
Surprise Mom with a thoughtful gift, as well as a new use for an old glass bottle. Clean out an old bottle (we used a narrow-necked medicine bottle) and fill with Mother's Day flowers of your choice, such as these cosmos and sweet peas.
Frosted plastic carryout boxes make perfect, inexpensive containers for Mother's Day bouquets. Buy a couple of different sizes and colors for variety (available at crafts stores) and fill with flowers of the same color.
Editor's Tip: Place the blooms inside a short, water-filled glass before setting the bouquet into the box.
Create elegant Mother's Day place markers in a snap by placing a single flower (we used roses) in a short drinking glass. Put one at each table setting or gather several onto an attractive tray and use the cluster of blooms as a darling Mother's Day centerpiece.
For a nature-inspired Mother's Day gift, decorate a small container garden with a wooden bird, a small twig nest, and a couple of glass eggs. Wire the nest to branches secured in the soil to keep it stable.
Bring back pleasant beach vacation memories by employing a keepsake shell as a unique vase this Mother's Day. Fit the opening of a seashell with wet florist's foam, then push in flower stems, such as the ruffly parrot tulips shown here, for a gorgeous Mother's Day bouquet.
Editor's Tip: If you don't have any seashells on hand, you can purchase them at crafts supply stores or at seashellworld.com.
Dress up a plain vase with grosgrain ribbon (usually less than $1 a yard). Hot-glue one end of the ribbon at the bottom, wrap it around the vase in evenly overlapping layers, and glue the other end at the top. Add a ribbon tie, and pin on a tag. After the flowers fade, the vase makes a cute pencil cup.
Hang a Mother's Day surprise on a doorknob or hook for Mom to find. Fill a colorful tote bag with a bouquet of bright blooms, such as these cheerful lilies. Mom will love this flower arrangement, and she'll get a lot of use out of the tote, too!
Editor's Tip: Put the flowers in a small vase before placing the flowers inside the tote bag.
Dress up a simple dessert cup by adhering patterned paper around it. A sweet pink ribbon finishes off the look, and short-stem white flowers add a quiet elegance.
For the chef, a marble mortar plays host to a small clutch of orange-yellow ranunculus. Cut the stems to 6 inches, and arrange them in a low, tight dome. Tie a gift tag around the pestle.
A repurposed miniature fish bowl makes a fun vessel to hold a Mother's Day flower arrangement. Wash out a glass or plastic fish bowl and fill it with water and bright blossoms, such as these cosmos.
Give Mom a Mother's Day flower arrangement that signals appreciation for her gift of life. Wire a wreath to the top of a round twig basket to get the look of a bird's nest. Instead of eggs, fill the center with roses and ferns arranged in water-soaked florist's foam and moss.
A quick wrap of decorative paper (wrapping paper, scrapbooking paper, or wallpaper) dresses up a cylinder vase filled with cut flowers. Use double-sided tape to hold the paper in place.
Stand sunflowers in a kicky pair of garden boots. Don't worry -- these hearty blooms can be out of water for a few hours without losing their zest for life.
A mass of pink ranunculus offers a sweet counterpoint to its rustic country container. Individual cans make arranging easy. Cut stems short, and place a small bunch in each can.
Bulb planters are great for getting your flowers in the ground, but they also make adorable flower containers for Mother's Day. Place a small container inside the planter; fill with water and a dozen stems of your mom's favorite blooms.
Fill a pretty white vase with a simple arrangement of pastel roses. Show Mom how much you care by serving up this arrangement with her favorite breakfast.
Give Mom something fresh -- literally! Wrap two rubber bands around a cylindrical vase, stick stalks of asparagus into the rubber bands until the vase is covered, tie with twine, and remove the rubber bands. Fill the vase with water and Mom's favorite flowers.
A clear jam jar is the perfect container for a colorful flower arrangement. Place Mom's favorite fruit around the base of the jar to set the scene for a fun meal together.
A touch of white paint gives a vintage look to a basic vase. Simply swirl white glass paint inside an old glass. Allow to dry, fill with water, and add a few short-stemmed flowers.
Lush living "bows" top gift boxes with sweet spring attitude. Slip the stem of a ruffly rose or peony through the top of a woven box (or a slit cut in a paper box) and into a floral water pick hidden inside the box.
Brighten a bedpost or dining room chair with a paper basket filled with flowers. Roll decorative paper into a cone and secure with tape. Tuck a small plastic cup inside, and fill with water and pretty sweet peas.