I have had a love affair with carnations since receiving a bouquet from a boyfriend and then my corsage at the high school prom. A simple bouquet of mini carnations makes me happy. I love the clove scent and just the simple flower with beautiful tight buds and green stems...without a lot of foliage. The minis that have an edging of a different color are especially nice. These flowers last so long. I have had big bouquets of different flowers and when the others are fading...I always take a bud vase and put the carnations in a simple arrangement. Their fragrance fills the room for days In the 70's florists would make up a bouquet of carnations to resemble a ice cream soda. I received one, while in the hospital, from friends of mine. It was all pink and frothy looking. The tall soda glass was filled with a crushed pink styro foam material. It was one of the first ones that the hospital staff had seen. It was a hit. I went on to send these to anyone who was in the hospital....especially teens.
Then I got the idea that I could make one of these myself and save a lot of money. So I started scouting garage sales to find the glasses. It was really easy and took very few flowers. I don't know if mine was as perfect as the florist's, but I was happy with the outcome. I may try making one of these again sometime...when I need to send a bouquet.