Giving your mom, grandma, or wife a bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day is a time-honored tradition. A surprise bouquet is a sure-fire way to bring a smile to any mom’s face. But how can you be sure the Mother’s Day flowers you choose are the perfect gift for mom?
To get answers, we went straight to one of the world’s biggest names in roses and tulips, ProFlowers. Kate Law, director of merchandising and product design, chatted with us about all things flowers, from why moms love them to how it takes months of hard work to design a single bouquet. Plus, she gave us (and you) tips on how to make these classic Mother’s Day gifts even better.
Why Moms Love Flowers
According to Kate Law, it doesn’t matter how long someone has been a parent. All moms love flowers. “They are so grateful for anything you want to send them,” she said. And flowers are the perfect choice for your selfless mom. “They don’t necessarily want to spend the money on them themselves, but really appreciate getting them.”
Tip One: Moms love flowers, so you’re already off to a great start. But that doesn’t mean these gifts for mom are simple—read on to ensure you choose the right bouquet.
How the Pros Design Mother’s Day Bouquets
ProFlowers florists aren’t just slapping some flowers together the day before Mother’s Day. “We are actually designing a year out,” Kate said. She and her colleagues start by analyzing the latest trends in fashion, home decor, and other areas of culture. What are they looking for? “Colors, textures, and prints—that kind of thing.” Then, they take these themes and make trend boards.
Tip Two: Your florists know what looks good. They’ve mastered the classics, but they’re also up-to-date on the latest Mother’s Day trends.
How They Source and Assemble Every Stem
Once the ProFlowers team has done the research, it’s finally time to bring in the flowers. ProFlowers works directly with farms in the United States and South America, and these farms send in dozens and dozens of flower samples. The design team then comes up with several bouquets. After lots of discussion (and ensuring all elements can stay fresh for at least seven days after delivery), Kate and the team are ready to reveal their Mother’s Day flower arrangements.
Tip Three: Your mom’s bouquet is designed to last. It will arrive fresh on delivery, and with a little water and care, she’ll have lots of time to show it off to her Facebook friends.
Why You Should Still Do Some Research
ProFlowers and other top florists make sure that all of their arrangements are great Mother’s Day gifts. But that doesn’t mean you can just click and order the first bouquet you see. “You want to show your mother you put a little thought into the flowers you’re sending,” Kate said.
Does your mom have a favorite flower? A favorite color? What flowers were in her wedding bouquet? These are all a good place to start when choosing an arrangement. Other things to consider: How does she dress? What about her house’s decor? Or maybe you can just stop by and write down all the flowers and plants in her yard.
Tip Four: Always keep your mom’s personality in mind. Monochromatic bouquets are a great choice for modern moms, whereas more casual moms love cheerful mixed bouquets.
But It’s Okay if You Have Absolutely No Clue
Luckily for you, there are some tried-and-true flowers that pretty much all moms love. Roses are a safe bet, and tulips are the favorite for Kate Law’s own mom. “I think tulips are the epitome of spring and Mother’s Day,” she said. “They mean perfect love, and that’s so fitting for a mother. Your mom’s going to love you no matter what.”
Tip Five: Tulips and roses are good, classic stand-bys.
How to Win Extra Brownie Points
Kate noted that it’s always a good idea to go above and beyond for Mother’s Day, especially if it’s a new mom’s first. She has lots of tips for making your Mother’s Day bouquets even better.
“If you live close to your mom, you could always have your flowers delivered to your house—and then hand deliver them with a handwritten note.” Kate also recommended specific options from ProFlowers, including the Perfectly Paired Collection, which combines flowers with dipped berries. ProFlowers also offers digital greeting cards, which automatically send personalized photos and video messages to mom’s email as soon as her flowers arrive.
If you’re feeling extra creative, consider adding some special touches to the bouquet yourself. Cut some fresh flowers from the garden and incorporate them into the arrangement. Kate recommended roses, tulips, and blooming lilac branches. “Keep it simple,” she said. “Use the same colors that are already in the bouquet.” Also, be sure to avoid adding daffodils, which can kill other flowers in arrangement. (A bouquet with only daffodils is okay, though.)
Tip Six: Do something special to turn your bouquet into a one-of-a-kind gift—whether that’s handwriting a note or digging in the garden.
Follow the advice above, and you’ll be sure to make mom smile this Mother’s Day. Remember, do a little extra to make her feel special, and show you put some thought into the gift. If all else fails, follow this advice from our ProFlowers expert Kate: “If you really don’t know, if you’re totally clueless, a mixed rose bouquet is always a safe bet.”