Have you been asked to plan a class on flower arranging for a small group? Whether it's for a club, a church group, a senior citizen's group or any other organization, having a class on flower arranging can be a lot of fun. Here are some ideas that might help you to plan something successful and memorable.
Find An Instructor - Are you teaching the class yourself? If not, the first thing on your agenda should be finding an instructor. Perhaps there's somebody in your group that has been part of a garden club or who has done a lot of flower arranging in the past. If so, he or she would probably be honored to be asked to lead your flower arranging class. Another option is to ask a flower shop if they have an individual who would be willing to share his or her talents with your group. It may seem that that would be a conflict of interests, but it really isn't. After all, the flowers that will be used will more than likely be bought right at that person's flower store.
Put Out The Word - There's probably never going to be a time or a day when every single person will be able to attend your event. As you schedule your class on flower arranging, just remember that there will be a lot of people vacationing during the summer months. One good idea is to have your class right before Easter so that whatever arrangements are made can be used as a centerpieces for Easter Sunday. As you put out the word, be sure to ask for RSVPs so that you'll have an idea of how many will attend the class.
Make A List - Give everybody a list of things they'll need to bring to the class. Whomever is instructing the class will be happy to give you a list. It might be a good idea to have a few extra inexpensive vases on hand, just in case somebody forgets to bring one. One very good idea is to find out how much money the instructor will be spending on flowers. Collect that amount from participants ahead of time, if possible. If you are having to purchase the flowers yourself, here are some things to consider. Roses are always favorites, but they can be expensive. Find out if you can get a good price by buying them in large quantities. Carnations might not be as gorgeous, but they are less expensive and they will last a long time. Talk to the florist to find out which flowers are in season around the time of your class. Because they are more abundant, they'll probably be affordable, too. Don't forget to buy baby's breath and plenty of greens which make great fillers.
Even though the basic elements of flower arranging will be taught at your class, help each of the participants know that they can be as creative as they want to be.