If you're having a party or special meal for someone who enjoys basketball -- basketball -- and even more basketball -- then transferring that theme into handmade decor is right on target. A basketball serves as the main structure for an unusual but durable centerpiece for the table. If a standard basketball seems a bit too large for a centerpiece for the table you have in mind, a smaller toy basketball is a viable option that still leaves ample space for dining and gathering around.
Deflate a still-inflated basketball by inserting a needle from an air pump into the rubber air intake valve. You do not need the pump.
Push gently and wiggle the needle until air escapes the basketball. Press down on one portion of the basketball until all the air escapes and the basketball has formed a bowl shape.
Place a piece of floral foam into the basketball bowl. The foam should fit within the basketball without sticking up above the edges. Trim the floral foam down, if necessary, using a utility knife or bread knife, cutting a slice off it to make it shorter.
Push assorted live or artificial flowers, stem-end-down, into the floral foam until the arrangement looks full and lush. Cover the areas atop the floral foam with sphagnum moss, arranging it so the entire open surface of the basketball is covered and looks like a mossy landscape.
Set a shallow sauce dish in the center of the table to hold the basketball flower bowl in place. Set the basketball bowl atop the dish.