Making a Festive Centerpiece for Any Occasion

Posted by on January 6, 2013

Several friends asked about the floral arrangement I made for New Year’s Eve after I posted a photo of my table on Facebook, so I thought I’d share how I made it. The technique may be adapted for any number of holidays or occasions, from baby showers to Easter.

1. Start with a large, clear cylindrical vessel about 7 inches high and 6.5 inches wide. I used the small Bosphorus Bowl from Pottery Barn.

2. Add about 1 inch of base material; here I used kosher salt to mimic snow.

3. Insert a jar, about 2 to 2.5 inches wide at the top and just lower than the edge of the outer vessel. I snagged a gravy jar from the recycling bin.

4. Fill the space between the jar and the vessel with small glass ball ornaments or other filler.

5. Add water to the jar almost to the top. Arrange a dozen roses (these are from the grocery store) in the jar. Be sure to cut the stems at an angle with a sharp pair of scissors and remove any greenery and wilting outer petals.

6. Fill in the arrangement with greenery. I picked up the evergreens shown at the grocery store, but any evergreens will work.

7. I completed the arrangement with a few noisemakers tucked in here and there for a bit of interest.

All in all, it took about 15 to 20 minutes to make this arrangement. I like it so well, I think I’ll try it for Easter with artificial grass as the base material and jelly beans for the filler. Baby’s breath or statice could substitute for the evergreens with pink roses or tulips. Hmmm. I’ve just inspired myself!