These particular vases were designed for just this purpose. The bulb sits in the top and you keep the bottom full of water. It only takes a day or so for the roots to really get going.
Here's the thing though - you don't need a fancy vase to do this. A couple of inches of pebbles in a canning jar will do the same thing.
We generally get the bulbs in the fall and then put them in the fridge until after the holidays.
Then all you do is pull them out and set them in the jar and water them. Make sure the water level stays up pretty near the base of the bulb.
After a few weeks, the buds start showing. This one is just starting to show blue.
I think I may survive the winter.