The Frugal Host's Guide to a Gorgeous Centerpiece
This post was originally written by Erin Lepperd for Style Me Pretty Living.
A genius way to effortless entertaining is to find quick shortcuts: simple ways to make prep and decorating that much easier. Using store-bought blooms and greenery from the garden, the floral designers at Myrtie Blue will have you well on your way to a gorgeous, party-ready centerpiece in no time. So go grab your favorite flowers and follow these easy steps to centerpiece perfection captured by Mi Amore Foto.
- Favorite centerpiece bowl or compote
- Oasis floral foam (alternatively you can use a floral frog and chicken wire)
- Florist bowl tape
- Floral knife
- Garden pruners
- Dozen roses of choice from your grocer or bodega
- Selection of garden clippings. We used these: heucherella foliage, blooming azalea, bear’s paw fern, Lady Banks’ rose, blooming spirea, blooming vinca vine, loropetalum foliage, blooming blueberry
Pick up a dozen roses from your local grocery store, then head to the garden in the cool of the morning or evening and forage! Cut from your favorite plants. If you cut in the middle of the day, chances are the cuttings will suffer from stress and not survive as long as you might like. Choose both blooming and non-blooming plants. If you don’t have access to a garden, then visit a garden center. There are always plenty of plants to cut and forage from at most any garden center. Plunge the cut ends into cool to tepid water for safekeeping.
Prepare your container. If using floral foam, float it in water prepared with floral preservative or a little sugary soda water and a tiny bit bleach. Tape the foam into the bowl to keep secure.
Begin your arrangement. Start by inserting a few stems from the garden that might define the breadth or length of your centerpiece. Make secure and firm insertions into the foam.
Continue to place foraged stems. Be conscious of how the plants appear in nature or how the stems layer themselves among each other, and replicate in your arrangement. This will help your centerpiece take on that natural garden appeal.
Continue adding your garden cuttings, moving back and forth from end to end and side to side, keeping in mind that the core of your arrangement will be a dozen roses and provide real central mass and focus to the finished piece. Add shorter stems between longer ones to create depth and dimension.
When you have something that looks almost finished, add your roses. Place them mostly in the core of your arrangement, creating focus and mass. You have a dozen at your disposal, so feel free to experiment a little with placement. Before you know it, you’ll have a gorgeous garden-foraged arrangement featuring a dozen roses from the grocer!
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What are your tips for creating a budget-friendly centerpiece? Share with us below!