One thing about lotus flowers: in the Thai culture, they have a specific function which is religious in nature. If you see someone carrying a bunch of lotus flowers, chances are they’re not planning on giving them to their love interest ordecorate their home/office with them. You’ll most likely see lotus flowers at a home shrine, a spirit house, an ancestral spirit altar, or inside a temple.
But I like to float them in a large bowl of water like this and call it my “Serenity now!” lotus pond. Or if you prefer a lotus pond that’s completely edible