Forget about that ho-hum vase stuffed with forgettable flowers. Your holiday centerpiece deserves more. We offer six ways to elevate the style of your tabletop’s most important element.
No question, a centerpiece can make or break a table. That’s a lot of pressure for this arrangement and the person who creates it. Not to worry. The following compositions offer ideas and inspiration that promise to help you design fabulous florals that will be tops on your table throughout the holiday season. Floral design by Sarah Winward.
1. SHOWCASE PRODUCE
Capture the flavor of the season by incorporating fruit and veggies into your centerpiece. Here, a footed silver bowl overspills with chard, figs, pears, grapefruit and oranges. Creeping sedum and holly bush berries drape from the arrangement. A single pear on folded burlap softens the display.
2. GO WITH GOBLETS
Let goblets or sparkling stemware stand in for everyday vases. These grouped goblets create a single arrangement and are filled with sweet potato vine, holly bush berries, ranunculus, cypress peonies and other large blooms. Leaves and vines spill to visually soften the goblets’ brims.
3. STAGE A BOARD
Loosely (and theatrically) arrange seasonal items on a cutting board, platter or plate for a unique and lively presentation. Figs and votives wrapped in holly leaves and evergreen serve as art on a small cutting board set on top of a woven textile.
4. SPILL IT
Let your blooms and foliage drape and overspill your unique containers. This vintage silver urn overflows with peonies, begonia leaves, clustered roses and a mix of dark-hued foliage all melding into a large, cascading composition.
5. LIFT OFF
Create small, elevated rings of blooms to adorn the tops of candlestick holders. Here, tarnished silver candlesticks support small garlands of holly, greens and baby persimmons. Natural beeswax candles add a rustic, natural flair to the arrangements.
6. GROUP ON
Ditch the single vase and gather multiple containers instead. These unmatched footed vessels come together to create a single, memorable arrangement. Roses, peonies, blue cypress, begonia leaves, chocolate cosmos and trailing angel vine fill the cluster of striking vessels.