25 Mother's Day Flower Arrangements That Will Make Mom Smile

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

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Melanie Acevedo

Mother's Day is the perfect occasion for breakfast in bed or brunch al fresco (or both). And to make the morning even more beautiful, you'll need some blooms. We've thought up plenty of Mother's Day flower ideas—gorgeous arrangements that make for a stunning tablescape or ones you can give as a one-off gift. (Psst ... We don't think Mom would mind if you placed a special little something extra at her seat to accompany the flowers.)

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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. If you like the idea of going tonal, follow this example on Sunday.

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Sara Tramp
Take a minimalist approach.

A cluster of all-white flowers look calming and beautiful on their own, as you can see in this outdoor oasis designed by William Hunter and styled by Emily Henderson.

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ALISON GOOTEE
Sprinkle in some topiaries.

Mix and match vases and candles of various heights to give your table a sense of movement as it changes from one end to the other. Then choose a tablecloth with a small, repeating pattern as well as a tight color scheme for something that's both consistent and cohesive, unique and full of surprises, at once. Some mini topiaries will also add more pops of greenery.

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Ingalls Photography
Make it edible.

This pretty outdoor setup is in the Woodstock, Vermont garden of Zoe and James Zilian, the ceramicists behind Farmhouse Pottery. The earthy textures and tones of their ceramic pieces blend in beautifully with the surroundings, and those potted plants on the table are actually edible. Take notes from this setup for a Mother's Day centerpiece that'll beautify the table while also adding some functional flavor (literally), take note.

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Nicole Franzen
Gift her a vase.

Instead of a normal vase, try placing blooms in an interesting vessel. A modern vase will contrast beautifully with dainty pink flowering branches. Together, they will give a traditional room the perfect touch of contemporary coolness. Then you're mom will have something to hold on to once the flowers have wilted.

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Cheetah Is the New Black
Ditch the vase.

Or you could do the opposite and keep things grounded and approachable by forgoing a vase. Simply lay the stems on the table as is. Then offset the flowers with decorative objects, like painted antlers, petrified wooden objects, tea light candles, and crystals, as Alicia Lund did here.

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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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Nicole Franzen
Make it look modern.

A pedestal table like this is the perfect place to perch a floral arrangement in a hallway, entrance, or corner that needs a little extra attention. We love the way this one plays with light, making the vignette look more like an art installation than everyday decor.

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Charlotte Moss
Keep it natural.

At this brunch party hosted by interior designer Charlotte Moss, the woven rattan place settings and garden pots of dainty, unpretentious yellow flowers on a lemon-printed tablecloth feel classic and upbeat while the splatter painted green plates add a modern art feel. An umbrella to create shade is also always a nice touch for al fresco dining.

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PHOTO: Anson Smart; DESIGN: Arent & Pyke
Choose something unique.

Tropical flowers like this will always deliver vivid color and intrigue. These eye-catching flowers fit right into this space designed by Arent & Pyke, where lighting and furniture double as artwork.

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Keep it laid-back.

Exude an effortless elegance with a minimal linen runner, fresh white florals, and and simple ceramic plating. Small floral clusters arranged down the center is a classic look. For a touch of character, lay an unexpectedly colorful cloth over every other chair. And if you're outdoors, hang some string lights overhead, as done at this dinner bash hosted by Alicia Lund.

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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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Arent & Pyke
Use vibrant orchids.

The rich pigment of orchids can change the entire feel of a room, as demonstrated by this living room designed by Arent & Pyke. A simple glass vase let's the flowers steal the spotlight.

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Nicole Franzen
Pick from your own garden.

Didn't plan ahead? That's okay, just go out to your own garden or an nearby park to gather some wildflowers. A bouquet of wildflowers will liven up a country kitchen or rustic breakfast buffet table during that Mother's Day brunch. An aged vase will contribute to the historied feel. This is the perfect spring centerpiece when you want the meal to feel casual yet thoughtful and special.

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Adrian Briscoe
Place stems in old bottles.

To make the floral arrangement more elaborate without having to spend a ton, scatter each stem out in a different vessel and repurpose old bottles as vase stand-ins.

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PHOTO: Reid Rolls; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors
Upcycle cans.

For a super unique upcycled vase, place wildflowers in old soup cans. The pop art vibe makes for a fun and sustainable decorative object while the flowers fill them with new life.

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Nicole Franzen
Give a warm welcome.

Welcome your mom on her special day with an oversized floral arrangement like this one. Even a super formal and modern space can feel inviting with the right floral centerpiece. The floral motif in the carpet softens up the cool gray colors and architectural console table and lamps, while the oversized branches put us in touch with nature.

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James Carriére
Animate the table with color.

Designed by Martha Angus and Katie McCaffery, this little dining nook in a San Francisco home is classic and pretty yet refreshingly contemporary. The painted porcelain tableware makes it feel consistent while the cheerful tulips add just the right punch of color for upbeat dining every day.

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Pamela Cook/Studio D
Deliver it to her in bed.

A sweet bouquet of pink flowers is made even sweeter when accompanied by breakfast in bed.

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Nicole Franzen
Play with shape.

Don't be afraid to play with shape and scale this Mother's Day. This gorgeous floral arrangement is all the console table needs to go from low-key to photo-ready. It still works within the preexisting neutral color scheme, yet makes the whole space feel so much more alive.

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Grey Crawford
Use her favorite colors.

It may seem obvious, but it's a great place to start i f you need inspiration. And it makes the gift that much more meaningful. Cheerful lilies will definitely make a yellow-loving mom smile.

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Catherine Kwong
Spotlight dry florals.

If your mom doesn't like flowers because they die quickly, decorate with dry flowers and plants instead. Pampas grass is a particularly lovely option. It exudes that signature California-cool vibe but still fits in with a modern, neutral color palette, making it perfect for subtle spring decorating. Just take note from this Catherine Kwong-designed living room.

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Luke White
Pick their favorite blooms.

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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Arent & Pyke
Remember: Less is more.

You don't always need an elaborate arrangement to impress. A large flower like a magnolia or gardenia doesn't need any other adornments. It looks stunning all on its own, floating in a low bowl.

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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. She'll definitely appreciate the extra creativity.

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