A bud vase, for the uninitiated, is a small, usually narrow vessel sized and shaped to hold a single flower. Of course, a pair of flowers or even a small bouquet is acceptable, but a bud vase is really meant to highlight the boldness of a single stem.
I use them a lot at home — a cheaper alternative to a dozen tea roses? One spectacular one — but they’re also a great way to buy pieces from more expensive potters or glassware brands. I love Frances Palmer’s work, but the cost can be daunting, so the bud vase is an accessible entry point (the same for Roman and Williams Guild blown glassware).
I also like them as host gifts. Showing up for a dinner party with a plastic-wrapped bodega bouquet is an understandable no-no, but bring a beautiful little bud vase with one or two lovely blooms in it and it can go directly on a side table or a nightstand, with the vase living on beyond the blossoms. Just no mercury glass or faux rustic apothecary jars. Below, I’ve pulled together a group of my favorites to give and receive.
Bud vases I have bought
Bud vases I would like to buy
When the idea of buying a bud vase and putting a flower in it was too much to handle, I always considered Putnam & Putnam’s Specialty Cup a nice backup. I waited too long and now they’re sold out, but this Object & Totem vase is similar.
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