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Centre de table

December 14th, 2017

Modern Holiday floral arrangement

Looking for a DIY flower centrepiece that says "Christmas" without falling into cliché? Follow these tips from flower designer Carmel Sabourin Goldstein at Atelier Carmel and create an original floral arrangement that will steal the spotlight on your Holiday table.

Creating a Holiday centrepiece that's off the beaten path offers an interesting challenge. To do so, I chose a colour scheme of red, green and white with peach accents. I also used several poinsettias, an ornamental plant tied to the Holidays but rarely seen in table centrepieces, plus a few fir branches. Finally, because I wanted a fairly low yet sizeable arrangement, I turned to the large Tahiti bowl instead of a vase. Its neutral tints provide the perfect foil to showcase colourful flowers.

Materials you'll need:

  • Large Tahiti bowl
  • 10 cm x 10 cm x 5 cm floral foam block (sold in crafts shops)
  • Pruning shears

Botanicals:

  • 4 sprigs greenery (juniper, cissus, etc.)
  • 4 stems poinsettia
  • 2 Easter lilies
  • 3 peach or pale pink roses
  • 3 stems white spray roses
  • 5 to 7 ranunculus
  • 4 to 6 tulips

  • 1step

    Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

  • First place a floral foam block in the middle of the bowl. Here, since the bowl is large, a small block will do. Keep in mind: the larger the block, the more flowers you'll need to cover it!
  • 2step

    Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

  • Next, arrange the greenery. Here I used a few sprigs of juniper and cissus (a house plant I always keep handy for green emergencies!). The bouquet's general look is decided at this stage. Since I like asymmetrical arrangements, I arranged for one side to fall gently while the other side soars.
  • 3step

    Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

  • Once the base is done, add your focal plants, i.e. the ones that attract attention first! To play that part, I chose two lilies. Place them quite high, but close enough to the juniper sprig to create a point of interest. You want to avoid positioning flowers all over the place .... the eye needs to know where to rest!
  • 4step

    Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

  • Rather than adding more greenery, turn to poinsettia stems to add that festive touch. A few sprigs should be enough to almost entirely hide the floral foam and provide an appealing backdrop for your flowers.
  • 5step

    Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

  • As a counterpoint for the lilies, I selected a few spray roses and pink roses. Fairly substantial and quite romantic, they're just perfect to fill the Tahiti bowl.
  • 6step

    Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

  • Once the focal flowers are in place, arrange your secondary flowers. These will provide movement and add a light, feathery touch. I've positioned a few at the bottom of the centrepiece but most shoot up higher than the focal flowers. Here, red ranunculus give your bouquet that instantly festive look!
  • 7step

    Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

  • To complement the ranunculus, I found curvy, long-stemmed tulips with the pure lines I just adore.
  • 8step

    Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

  • As a finishing touch, place a red poinsettia branch in the right corner of your bowl to bring the look together and prevent the ranunculus from seeming scattered.
  • 1step

    Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

  • First place a floral foam block in the middle of the bowl. Here, since the bowl is large, a small block will do. Keep in mind: the larger the block, the more flowers you'll need to cover it!
  • Next, arrange the greenery. Here I used a few sprigs of juniper and cissus (a house plant I always keep handy for green emergencies!). The bouquet's general look is decided at this stage. Since I like asymmetrical arrangements, I arranged for one side to fall gently while the other side soars.
  • 2step

    Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

  • 3step

    Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

  • Once the base is done, add your focal plants, i.e. the ones that attract attention first! To play that part, I chose two lilies. Place them quite high, but close enough to the juniper sprig to create a point of interest. You want to avoid positioning flowers all over the place .... the eye needs to know where to rest!
  • Rather than adding more greenery, turn to poinsettia stems to add that festive touch. A few sprigs should be enough to almost entirely hide the floral foam and provide an appealing backdrop for your flowers.
  • 4step

    Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

  • 5step

    Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

  • As a counterpoint for the lilies, I selected a few spray roses and pink roses. Fairly substantial and quite romantic, they're just perfect to fill the Tahiti bowl.
  • Once the focal flowers are in place, arrange your secondary flowers. These will provide movement and add a light, feathery touch. I've positioned a few at the bottom of the centrepiece but most shoot up higher than the focal flowers. Here, red ranunculus give your bouquet that instantly festive look!
  • 6step

    Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

  • 7step

    Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

  • To complement the ranunculus, I found curvy, long-stemmed tulips with the pure lines I just adore.
  • As a finishing touch, place a red poinsettia branch in the right corner of your bowl to bring the look together and prevent the ranunculus from seeming scattered.
  • 8step

    Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

Create a cozy, modern ambiance by placing several Afia stoneware candle holders on the table. You can also arrange symmetrically a few vases in various heights and sizes, like the ceramic Sefina vase. Then let the festivities begin!

Photo credit : Atelier Carmel

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Featured image photo credit : Atelier Carmel