Start with a full, lush Christmas tree and cut the flower stems to be about 5 inches long. Stick the flower stem right into the tree towards the trunk and the heftiness of the branches will hold the flowers up. Complete the look with gifts wrapped in red, pink and floral patterned papers. Sprinkle some rose petals at the foot of the tree to bring a touch of romance to your floral tree look.
Add an extra layer of creativity and color to your floral arrangements by placing fruit wheels inside of decorative vessels. To do this, you’ll need two vessels slightly varying in width. Place the smaller vessel inside of the larger one; then fill the gap between them with 1/4-inch slices of oranges, limes and lemons. Then add water once they’re in place. The innermost vessel will be used to house your featured floral.
Add another layer of decoration to your floral centerpiece by placing two vessels, one slightly larger than the other, inside of each other. Next, fill the space between the vessels with fruit cut into wheels using a paring knife. Add water to both vessels; then place your flowers inside of the innermost one.
Bring a touch of citrus to your tabletop with an arrangement of fruit slices with vibrant flowers. Gather the following materials for this spring project: (4) limes, lemons or oranges per vessel, (1) 10-inch diameter round glass vessel, (1) 8-inch diameter round glass vessel, floral shears, floral wire, wire snips, paring knife, water, glass, cutting board, (2) bunches of bells of Ireland and (2) bunches of a coordinating green flowers.
When you're ready to arrange your harvested winterberry branches, cut about an inch off each stem, at an angle. Strip off any berries that would be below the water line in your container, to help prevent bacteria from growing, and add fresh water and a floral preservative.
Using real fresh flowers, create a true showstopper of a tree for a Christmas dinner party. You have two options when creating a floral tree: use silk flowers to have it last all season or use fresh flowers to design a dramatic Christmas tree for a special occasion. For this tree, I used non-traditional Christmas colors of pink, burgundy and mauve. Pink roses, pink lilies, white hydrangeas and red roses are inexpensive flowers that are readily available at your local grocery store or florist. Keep the color palette monochromatic and you can’t go wrong with a fresh flower tree.
Planner Kate Franzen, of Glint Events, carried out a wintery theme for this wedding with white and blush roses, white ranunculus, silver brunia berries, frosted pinecones, white anemones and gypsophila (baby's breath). “Don’t overlook baby’s breath for a winter wedding." she says. "It matches the crisp, clean feel of winter and, by itself, can produce a stunning and dramatic effect. Not to mention, gypsophila is much more affordable than out-of-season blooms.” Florist: Petals + Twigs.
A Southern-style Christmas is about fresh greenery, fresh fruit, fresh flowers and plenty of good food. On HGTV's "Celebrity Holiday Homes," designer Brandon Branch draws on these for inspiration as he makes over Trisha Yearwood's Nashville home for the holidays.
Another excellent project to keep kids active at the tail end of a party is an ice cream cone flower parting gift. To make these, they’ll need eight to 10 carnations, one cherry and a plastic waffle cone for each guest. Have them place pre-cut white carnations inside of the plastic cone, add approximately 1/2 cup of water inside, then place a cherry on the top. Assign some kids to assemble the cones and others to deliver them to guests as they exit the party.