So everyone thinks, "Carnations, how tacky?" I remember in a "Sex in the City" episode, Charlotte and Carrie agree that a man bringing carnations to a first date is a "deal-breaker." But I have found some beautiful arrangements of carnations! Bonus- they don't cost much and they come in every color possible!
Here are step by step instructions from Eddie Ross on how to make this arrangement:
The Flower Exchange.