The holiday season is the perfect time to showcase your creativity with a festive centerpiece for your table that might even rival your tree! In this How-To guide, we explore the best materials, colours and tips to create a long-lasting centerpiece that is both classic and distinctive to provide a focal point for all your holiday entertaining, whatever your family traditions may be.
When gathering your base materials, we suggest a mix of traditional greens such as fragrant fir, pine and cedar boughs. Vary the length of the boughs to create texture. Sprigs of holly provide a pop of colour from the red berries, while pinecones can add a rustic touch. Silver dollar eucalyptus is long-lasting and fragrant and will add a pretty shimmer to your centrepiece with its distinctive round leaves.
Once you have your base, it’s time to get creative.
Add Elegant White
Pampas grass, with its fluffy head, adds softness and whimsy. White or off-white pillar candles in glass vessels are a glamorous holiday classic, while tall tapered candles are having a renaissance. Candles of various heights create interest. Fragrant paperwhites and white snowberries are delicate and provide contrast.
Pinecones spray painted in silver, gold or bronze are an easy and fun element to craft. A shiny silver ribbon around a vase or glittering ball ornaments scattered around the centrepiece add a fashionable touch.
Drama with Red
Red amaryllis and even red roses can be added for richness and fullness of the centrepiece. Consider a massive vessel of red winterberries as a stand-alone arrangement for a front hall to set the holiday tone from hello.
Creative Culinary Elements
With all the focus on food and drinks around the holidays, why not consider adding edible garnishes to your centrepiece? Clementines, walnuts, cinnamon sticks, cranberries and pomegranates are all festive elements that signal abundance and celebration. If you have access to a bay tree, what better time to cut some sprigs?
Vary Your Vessel
Have fun with your vessel by thinking beyond a traditional vase – wooden wine crates and baskets are good options, or even a series of mason jars. That said, if you have a silver champagne chiller or a crystal punch bowl, time to dust it off and bring it out of the hutch. At this time of year family heirlooms should take pride of place.
Whatever your celebrations this year, we wish you happy holidays, peace and joy from all of us at Fleurs de Villes.