In deference to the whimsy of MacKenzie Childs, I let the rose petals "fall as they may" - I think it actually adds to the bouquet, don't you? When one rose gives up the ghost, I slip in a few more fresh blooms.
I was delighted to find this MacKenzie Childs hand-painted glass pitcher (and four matching octagonal glasses!) at a garage sale last month. The owner of this gorgeous set had loaned them to her sister and who ran them through the dishwasher!
"Oh no," was all I could say when she told me. She was clearly upset about it and wanted to sell them to put it all behind her. $5 later, I was the proud owner! You know that my decorating style is "Swedish Beach House," so a little faded paint doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I inserted one of my hand-painted jars inside the pitcher (banana polka dots) and it compliments it perfectly.
The next time a few of your roses fall to petals, leave them. Tell yourself that a scattering of petals is a touch a whimsy.