For casual elegance, use a pot as a flower vase. Set your blooms in a water glass and place inside the pot; you'll have a pretty plant look-alike with lots of color.
Cluster several plants in the center. Use glazed cachepots as serving bowls, terra-cotta saucers as chargers and plant markers as place cards.
Want a garden-style centerpiece for your table? “Plant” a bunch of perky blooms in a basket; you will have “grown” a centerpiece in minutes!
Terra-cotta saucers have many creative uses (and they're inexpensive!); for example, they make great coasters for drinking glasses.
You can continue the garden theme by using terra-cotta saucers as plate chargers. They complement any style of setting. You can find them at many garden or home centers.
You can design a garden on your table with terra-cotta pots. Fill an 8-inch pot with floral foam, stack a smaller pot on top and add fresh flowers. Place flatware and napkins in smaller pots.
To make a candle pedestal: Turn a flower pot (perferably terra-cotta!) upside down, set a saucer on top of it, and place one fresh (or a nice-looking plastic one) daisy on the saucer.
To add natural beauty to a tabletop: Simply set a collection of pots on a saucer, then insert a variety of colorful blooms inside the pots for a clever and whimsical mini-garden.
More Hyacinth Info
Hyacinths crave the sun's rays to get through dreary winter days; give them plenty until they burst into full bloom. Then, to extend the flowers' life a few more days, move the plants to indirect sunlight.
Fill a basket or large planter with hyacinths at various stages of bloom to prolong your personal flower show.
The aroma of hyacinths can linger on long after the blooms (two weeks or so). Simply gather the fallen florets and float them in glasses or a decorative bowl filled with water for potent floral perfume. For extra style: Got any extra Kool-Aid in your fridge? Use it to add a shot of color to your petals.
If you don't like dealing with dirt, the hyacinth is the perfect indoor flower (it's also a sturdy flower, being able to live on air and water alone). Just lift the bulbs from the plastic pots they came in and place them in colorful bowls. Prop up the plants with little stones and add water to just below bulb level. Style tip: Scatter the bowls throughout your home for the sight (and scent) of spring wherever you go.