Chances are your local market’s floral department is currently stocked with bins of colorful tulips. Snag a few bunches to bring spring into your home, and follow these tips from celebrity party planner and Oprah's go-to florist, Debi Lilly, to get the maximum effect from the season’s simplest flower.
Buy tulips that are tightly closed. It’ll take a day or so for the petals to burst open, therefore they'll last longer once you get them home.
Cut stems on an angle. This will increase the surface area for them to drink water. Fill vases with room temperature water, not cold. Then re-cut the stems and change the water daily to extend their life. (You can also sprinkle in a little floral “food” for further nutrients.)
Arrange with care. Start by adding one flower at a time to the vase. You don't want to overcrowd the tulips--and you want to create balance in your arrangement. Or you can display one tulip per vessel, tipping each to the side to show off their naturally arched stems for an artistic look. Just be sure to keep all cut flowers out of direct sunlight and away from heat.