Lucy thought that succulent plants might be a great choice for the favors. They are easy to take care of and can come in many beautiful shapes and sizes. Since I work with plants everyday, she asked me for a little help to decide if succulents or some other kind of plant might be a better choice.
I think giving plants, whatever the occasion, is always a great choice as long as it’s not an invasive or overly difficult to take care of. I also think that making a gift by hand is a great way to make it more special.
Lucy and I talked about her relationship with Erica, her best friend, and how they’d been friends since childhood. She talked to me about how happy she is that Erica is getting married and that it would be great to have a plant that could be as vibrant and colorful as Erica. After a bit of conversation, it was obvious that a succulent didn’t fit the bill. If she wants something that can be colorful and bloom year after year, she should give a perennial flower. Both Lucy and Erica grew up in the NYC area, so the perennial should absolutely be a native flower to the region. One of the most beautiful native flowers for the region is the coneflower. It comes in several different varieties and colors. In my opinion, purple coneflowers are the most eye catching and lively.
After we figured out what the best plant would be, the hard work was done. Now all that we needed to do was put the bridal shower favors together, and that is easy-to-do. Here are the steps we took:
1. First, we had to buy the seed. Coneflower seeds can be commonly found at a local gardening store, or even a Home Depot. You can also buy them online. If you decide on a less-available-native-plant, online purchases will be your only option.
4. As a last little detail, we put a colorful ribbon around the pot. Then at the shower, everyone could pick the favor that they like most. The coneflower can stay in the pot for at least the first couple of seasons. Or, for those guests that want to transfer them, they can plant them outside this season. Either way, the flower will grow and mature over the next several years to become a wonderful reminder of their friend’s shower and marriage.