How to make a quick and easy table centrepiece

October 13, 2014

How to make a quick and easy table centrepiece

If you’re planning to have a dinner party, making your own beautifully presented table centrepiece is the perfect way brighten up the room and create atmosphere.Here are some tips on how to create a quick and easy table centrepiece that will be a great flower arrangement for your table.

Choices, choices!

  • First you need to decide how big of a centrepiece you want, based on the size and shape of your dining table and the number of guests. Something too large will make it difficult to see across the table, and something too small will get lost when the food arrives.
  • Choose a low, solid vase that has more width than height so it remains stable on the table and doesn’t get knocked over by a wayward elbow.
  • Choosing the flowers is the fun part. Flowers can be selected based on the season. Thanksgiving? Go rustic with earthy colours. A spring get-together? Choose bright, colourful flowers. Summer BBQ? Go with seasonal flowers such as sunflowers and daisies.

Prepping your centrepiece

  • Purchase some floral foam (available at your local florist or craft supply store). These green foam blocks will create the stable base that your centrepiece will need.
  • Soak the foam in water until it is fully saturated (about 30 minutes). Use the bottom of your container to measure the maximum size your foam can be.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the foam to the right size and insert the foam into your container. Watch your fingers!

Creating your centrepiece

  • Trim the stems of your flowers to the length you wish them to be, keeping in mind that you want some varying sizes to fill out the container.
  • When cutting the stems, do so under running water with sharp shears, and be sure to cut on a 45-degree angle. Once trimmed, keep the stems under the water for a few minutes so they can get more water.
  • Take a large, colourful flower and place it into the centre of the foam. Begin to add other flowers and greenery to fill out the arrangement.
  • Play with varying the height, colour, texture, and size of the flowers.
  • Once you are satisfied with the shape and size of your centrepiece, consider decorating your container with ribbon to match the decor of the table.

Place your masterpiece on the table and enjoy the comments.

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