Holiday Parties: When Should You Bring Flowers?

The holiday season is here, which means parties, family, friends, and… more parties. 

If you’re one of the unlucky few, this may also mean meeting the in-laws or “possible future in-laws” for the first time…all at once…yikes.

SO, either way you’re going to want to make a good impression. 

How do you do this? Well, with flowers and a smile, of course! 

Let’s break it down:

Whether you’re meeting the in-laws for the first time or the hundredth time, seeing family from out of town, visiting family that lives right down the road from you, or want to send a thoughtful gift to those you’ll be missing this year, a host/hostess gift is always appropriate – especially during the holidays. 

Not to mention flowers can have a positive impact on your mood (we all need a little positivity during the holidays, right!?). 

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Ok, this is where it can get a little tricky.

You want to leave a good impression – whether it’s a first impression or the last impression (ouch), but don’t want to be over-the-top. For example, you may want to stay away from super specific items like china, dishware, home goods – you get the picture. Unless, of course, you’re sure these items are something they’ll love. 

 You can never go wrong with flowers.

Flowers are the perfect ‘thank you’ gift for hosting the party, cooking dinner, etc.

Hosting a Party is Stressful

When you’re having a ton of people over, you kind of go into overdrive, right? You feel like everything has to be perfect – decor, aesthetic, the food, the drinks – and of course, cleaner than a whistle. You want your guests to feel relaxed and at home as soon as they arrive. This is why we like to light candles right before guests arrive! It’s all about the ambiance.

Flowers have a similar effect. 

Whether it’s a festive centerpiece for the dining room table that everyone will enjoy & complement throughout the evening or a lighthearted centerpiece for the kitchen island – your host will love you…and the flowers, too. 

But why stop there!?

Let’s talk about what kind of arrangement is best for you:

Flowers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and have their own unique meanings. 

Different arrangement styles also have different meanings and can better suit different people for different reasons!

Let’s take a wedding bouquet, for example. You wouldn’t bring a wedding bouquet to a holiday dinner party, right!? Right.

Hand Tied Bouquets:

A hand-tied bouquet isn’t the most practical for a holiday party (even though they’re SO beautiful). Keep these in your back pocket for a first date situation, or a smaller gathering, and save your host or hostess the trouble of searching for a vase while they’re trying to get dinner on the table. 

Single Stem

Modern, simple, and elegant.

Single stem arrangements are no fluff, but so stunning. 

In terms of a holiday party, stick with the following:

Really any flower will do, but look into the meaning of the flower beforehand for an extra thoughtful touch.


Oriental arrangements bring a unique and funky touch to homes with a bit of an artistic flare. 

This is perfect if you know a bit more about your host’s style and how they like to decorate their home. 


.Probably one of our favs. Traditional arrangements keep it simple but never boring.

There are so many different styles, color-schemes, and shapes to choose from, and our local florists never fail to create something stunning and unique. 

These arrangements are definitely a go-to for a first meeting or a regular ol’ family party.


We looove oval arrangements simply because they’re basket friendly, and who doesn’t love flowers in a basket? 

These beauties are available in multiple sizes, making them perfect for the dining table, entryway table, or kitchen counter! 

Pro Tip: These arrangements pair beautifully with a nice bottle of wine, too! 



Verticals are for the dramatic, (maybe a bit over-the-top, but we love them just the same), flower lover.

These arrangements are also perfect for the fern or green lovers in your life, as they are often used in vertical pieces to add height to the arrangement!

Horizontal / Centerpiece

Ideal for dinner parties, centerpieces tend to sit low on the table so no one is blocked by a big bundle of flowers while trying to catch up with Grandma about her latest adventures.

Bonus: They’re easy! Your host won’t have to think about where to put it—and everyone will get a niiiiice long look at it all through dinner. 


We could never forget about plants.

Maybe you’re host/hostess doesn’t care too much for flowers or maybe you want to give them something a bit more long lasting. 

Plants are perfect for any season, holiday, or occasion!

Check out 5 Houseplants for the Brown Thumb for some easy-to-care-for houseplants or 5 Houseplants for the Green Thumb for some more advanced ones!

You can never go wrong with flowers, especially during the holidays. Your host will love you, your fellow guests will wish they thought of it first, and, if you aren’t able to see your friends and family this year – they’re the best way to show them you care even though you can’t be there.  

Shows us your holiday arrangements by tagging us on Instagram: @givelovingly!

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