Everyday Is Special Spring Flower Arrangment


It has taken me over 10 years of living in the Northeast to accept that Easter does not mean we get to wear sundresses.

When I was a little girl, we always had Easter at my glamour-granny’s home in Palm Springs, where everyday life felt like a special party.  Even everyday breakfast – where she would preside over the dining room table set with crystal glasses and beautiful turquoise china wearing her flowing house-gown-robe.  Toast with butter and the most amazing boysenberry jam were served with silver from the elegant tea-cart pulled up next to her seat at the head of the table. I learned to like V-8 vegetable juice, just so I could drink out of the delicate crystal glasses it was served in.  I have those goblets in my cupboard today and love them probably a little too much.  They remind me of the beautiful way of living that my glamour-granny cultivated every day.  I try to capture that “everyday special” nuance when I think about the way I want to feel about my life and home.

Little things – like using crystal goblets, eating yummy jam, and wearing cute shoes – can make the everyday feel special.  I wish I wasn’t like this, but the things that surround me and what I wear really does affect my mood. We may not be able to wear sundresses tomorrow, but I am determined to wear something other than clogs and boots.  Around here, there is still snow on the ground in places, but the daffodils and croci are starting to pop up anyway and I am way overdue for cute shoe season.

Another thing that makes the “everyday” feel a little special are flowers.  I made the arrangement of tulips above to bring as a hostess gift for Easter dinner tomorrow.  I love pink and orange together!

You can easily make it yourself:

1. Put some baby carrots in the bottom of a vase.

2. Bundle your tulips together so the heads are even and cut the stems to a height about twice as tall as your vase.

3. Wrap them with a rubber band, set them in the vase.

4. Pack it with more carrots and add water.

Even though it is too cold for sundresses and we are having a casual dinner with neighbors, I will be making Easter baskets for my tweens and teens, wearing my cute shoes, and bringing flowers to my friend’s home.  These things are not necessary, and maybe some would say they are a waste of time and superficial, but they are the small ways I can make my life feel special and give my kids a taste of the “everyday special” feeling my glamour-granny gave me.

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  1. I know just what you mean! When I was a kid, I always had a new dress for Easter, and we all dressed up for all the holidays. I miss that. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to cultivate some everyday special, or to admit that the things around you affect your feelings. I think that’s true for everyone. Flowers on the table are one of the ways I try to get some of that special feeling in our home. Not all the time, but quite a bit in the spring. We’re so in need of some color after our grey winters!

    Hope you have a beautiful Easter! (Love your new design, btw. :-))

    1. annie kip says:

      Hi Rita,

      I have to share that over Easter breakfast, my kids started talking about what they wanted to inherit when I died. Of course, one child freaked out about me dying “some day,” but the discussion was really nice. They didn’t want expensive things – they wanted things like the Easter dishes and mugs I bought at TJMaxx many years ago and have used at Easter since they were little. It made me realize that they do appreciate the little things I do to create everyday special for them. I hope you had a good weekend with your family too!

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