You want a few things to happen when picking your holiday centerpiece:
1. For it to look festive
2. For it to fit onto your table full of delicious food and;
3. For it to LAST!!
4. I think the perfect centerpiece should last about 10+ days but you have to be smart about picking long-lasting floral.
Below are some tips to getting long lasting centerpieces:
1. Going with a clear glass vase is great as it shows you the water level and you can refill if necessary.
2. If you have plenty of vases at home, bring one into your florist to see if they will use it for your centerpiece and therefore save you a bit of money.
3. If you use foam or oasis, make sure you give the centerpiece a good soaking every few days to keep the foam moist.
4. I would definitely spend the time getting a custom centerpiece made, as it is fresher than one you pick up at the grocery store or pre-made at the florist. It will be close, if not the same price. All you need is to spare a little bit of time and have knowledge as to what floral you are looking for.
Here is a list of some of my favourite great, long-lasting floral that will give that festive look: Floral
Amaryllis – Red, striped, white and peach usually. Lovely big blooms, google them!
Hypericum Berries – Red, green, white, coral. Clustered berries that are great for filler.
Orchids – Lots of colors In season in the southern hemisphere so cheaper than other times of the year, however they do tend to run up a good price.
Ornithogalum – White and orange. These guys are the best….but really. They last a really long time but are so delicate looking.
Chrysanthemum – Lots of colors but mostly white or green. Big focal blooms for a great price.
Leucadendron – Burgundy or green. These also last a really long time.
Poms – Lots of colors. Very inexpensive.
Thistle – Green or purple/blue. Gives great texture, purple is less expensive than green!
Birch – Darker dramatic branch
Curly willow – Organic shapes, very flexible Greens
Winter greens – Pine, cedar, juniper.
Bells of Ireland – Cool texture and shape.
Silver Bells – SMELLS GREAT!
Wax Flower – Very pretty looking Accents
Pine cones – Permanent and if you are lucky, you can find them while on a hike.
Cotton – Permanent fluffy clouds
Your local florist should be able to get the above quite easily in the winter months so pick one or two from each area and remember to ask lots of questions!
Thats all for now and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
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