Oh what a difference it makes to have a flower cooler full of fresh stems. The white lilies were closed tight. The warm water and warm blow dryer did little to speed the blooming process. After a second trip to both stores for more flowers, I finished the 5 arrangements and delivered them with about an hour to spare before we needed to head out the door as guests for the party.
The tree dripping in crystal:
My favorite decorated tree is the 17' tree filled with Santa heads...
My kids counted close to 1200 Santas around the house.
I bet there are more than 1200.
She said the arrangements were exactly as she had envisioned. Whew.