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Choose blooms that echo the look and feel of your surroundings, says Dorothy McDaniel, a floral designer in Homewood, Alabama, and author of Simply Beautiful Flowers.

“Sunflowers, asters, and gerbera daisies have an earthy, rustic quality, while roses, calla lilies, and orchids lend themselves to a more formal setting.” Within those constraints, you can also play up the season or match the mood of a gathering.

“For a romantic dinner, consider a classic arrangement of red roses in a shiny black vase,” Soriano says. For an autumn brunch, display a bunch of yellow and orange cockscomb in a mason jar or tin can.

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