18 Ways to Style Flowers for Mother's Day

You can't go wrong with these easy-to-master ideas.

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Saul Metnick

It's the perfect occasion for brunch al fresco, and these gorgeous arrangements will make for a stunning tablescape. (Psst ... we don't think Mom would mind if you placed a special gift at her seat.)

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peonies
James Carriere
Pick her favorite blooms.

Who doesn't love peonies? These vibrant flowers pop when arranged in a simple white vase, as seen here in a San Francisco home designed by Martha Angus and Katie McCaffrey.

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Read McKendree
Add height.

Designer Ashley Whittaker transformed the breakfast room in this Darien, Connecticut home and accessorized it with a mother of a vase in the middle and two smaller vessels on the sides.

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orange roses
Frederic Lagrange
Play with metallics.

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 (designed by Miles Redd).

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mother's day flowers
Francesco Lagnese
Match your table.

Designer Lee Ann Thornton created a blue color palette in this Greenwich, Connecticut ranch, starting with the wallpaper, tablecloth, and glasses, and ending with vibrant blue hydrangeas.

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mother's day flowers
James Merrell
Focus on every seat.

In the dining room of this Cape Cod estate, designer Kathryn M. Ireland accessorized the table with small individual vases of flowers at every place setting instead of one big centerpiece.

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mother's day flowers
Saul Metnick
Group small bouquets.

Small floral clusters arranged in votive candles and lined down the center creates a unique table runner. Meanwhile, the pink and purple color palette keeps it vibrant and fun.

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mother's day flowers
Don Freeman
Use her favorite colors.

It may seem obvious, but it's a great place to start. Here, an assortment of light lavender, bold ultra violet, and more will make a purple-loving mom happy.

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mother's day flowers
Saul Metnick
Add a green base.

To put the spotlight on Mom's favorite flower, remember to start with the proper base. A foundation of greenery keeps stems in place and helps petals pop.

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ELLIE MILLER; REBECCA MOSES FOR MACY'S (TABLEWARE)
Use tiny buds.

You don't have to bother with tall, fussy blooms to set an elegant Mother's Day brunch. A few small buds still make a big impact.

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mother's day flowers
Saul Metnick
Add petite posies.

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.

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mother's day flowers
Thomas Loof
Go ombre.

Blooms in shades of royal purple, lavender, and cream add visual dimension to this formal brunch table.

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mother's day flowers
Saul Metnick
Deck out the chairs.

The flowers don't need to stop with the table. Tie floral garlands onto chair backs for even more blossoms.

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mother's day flowers
Luke White
Max out on hydrangeas.

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.

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mother's day flowers
Eric Piasecki
Go monochromatic.

In this Michigan home, designer Marshall Watson arranged the flowers with intent: "I love those voluptuous peonies and roses mixed with the fragile viburnums. I 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," he says.

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mother's day flowers
Victoria Pearson
Collect unique vessels.

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.

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mother's day flowers
Luke White
Try twin bouquets.

Don't be afraid to see double — identical arrangements project statuesque tradition without looking too uniform.

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mother's day flowers
Luke White
Keep it low.

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.

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Bjorn Wallander
Take a minimalist approach.

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.

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