A well-thought-out tablescape can instantly set the tone and mood of your home. While the place settings and table linens become the supporting players, the centerpiece gets the focus. A floral centerpiece doesn't have to be fussy; it can be full of flowers you picked from your garden with your kids. A floral centerpiece can easily dress your table up for everything from your child's birthday party or a Halloween party to an elegant holiday gathering.
Think Outside the Vase
When picturing a floral centerpiece, the first thing to come to mind is a vase. While vases can make a perfectly lovely base for a floral centerpiece, getting creative and using a different kind of container for a centerpiece keeps the arrangement looking fresh and suited to any occasion. For a rustic feel suited to a fall floral arrangement, choose a woven wooden basket. For a child's birthday party, use a small gift-wrapped box. For both the gift-wrapped box and the basket, make certain to line the interior with plastic to waterproof the vessel. For a Halloween party, a hollowed-out pumpkin makes a strong base for a bewitching centerpiece.
A beautiful tabletop centerpiece arrangement does not have to be one large floral arrangement placed in the center of your table. By placing a row of short vases with a single flower in each one down the center of a long table, you can still achieve a large display that doesn't destroy your guest's site lines or look too fussy. A medium-sized arrangement could serve as the focal point with two smaller arrangements on either side. For example, for an elegant spring table arrangement, place a full bouquet of tulips in the center of your table. Off-set the tulip arrangement by placing two bud vases on either side with a single tulip in each one. Cut the stems of the single tulips so they are a few inches shorter than the tulips in the center bouquet.
Add interest to your floral arrangements by adding other surprising nonfloral elements to your displays. For a holiday arrangement, incorporate holly, pine boughs, pinecones and other natural seasonal elements into your floral arrangements. In the summertime, mix bright fresh lemons, limes or oranges into your displays. For a tone-on-tone look, pair yellow lemons with daffodils and oranges with orange tiger lilies. Limes accent bright white flowers such as white hydrangeas, or use other elements to provide contrast to the flowers. For example, you can offset an arrangement of purple irises with bright yellow lemons. Other elements to incorporate vary seasonally and by occasion, but could include battery-operated candles, small pumpkins and gourds, foliage, vibrant fresh vegetables and even things such as small toys or candies.
Seasonal Flower Choices
Fruits and vegetables taste the best when they are in season. The same holds true with flowers. Flowers look the best and last the longest in season. You also stretch your dollar the most if you stick to blooms that are seasonally available. You are more likely to find tulips in April that will be in better condition and less expensive than if you were to look for tulips in October. Choosing seasonal flowers also helps set the appropriate mood for related occasions. For a Thanksgiving celebration, a centerpiece bursting with red, yellow and orange mums will make your table look instantly autumnal and festive. For a summer occasion, a bouquet of big hydrangea blooms or day lilies is beautiful and fitting.