We’ve called in the professionals this holiday season to help upgrade your DIY at-home greenery for any get together. No need for poinsettias and garland this year, because we’ve partnered with Marisa Tsikounas of Revel Floral and Brittany Westerman of Reed + James Events to craft a beautiful arrangement and table top fit for celebration — any time of year.
Soft-toned blooms mingle with fragrant greens to create a holiday-neutral floral masterpiece that looks elegant and is far less challenging to create than expected. Curating within stock at your local grocery store or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, your city’s flower market, build a beautiful centerpiece that is Instagram-worthy and fit for conversation.
As an added bonus, we’ve crafted a simple greenery gift to add to countless wine bottles or your present’s perfect wrapping.
Prep Time: One Hour
Vase 6” deep and 6” wide
Frog or chicken wire
Clippers or scissors
Add a flower frog or a bundle of chicken wire at the bottom of your vase to create a base for the stems. This isn’t a necessity, but it allows a structural foundation for your arrangement.
Use the tape to create a grid at the opening of the vase in a criss-cross pattern with 1” of spacing between each strip. The grid also assists in keeping stems in place until the base begins to fill out.
Start with the eugenia and mimic the shape of the table to create the bottom layer of your setting. You could also try eucalyptus, elm, or olive branches.
Mirror the same placement with the privet and tuck in to fill in open spaces in the base. Grape vines or pepperberries are also good choices.
Pro Tip: Always begin arrangements with the flowers that have the hardest stems.
Cut the garden roses at an angle,longer than you think you’ll need, and strip the stems of all additional greens. Follow the lines of the foliage base and tuck bigger blooms into the greenery,grouping flowers for more impact. Trim the stems as needed. You can use peonies as another floral option.
Bundle fragrant rosemary into 2 or 3 sprigs and add into openings. Feel free to substitute the rosemary with thyme or oregano.
Fill in holes with pieris japonica. Freesia can also work with this step.
Group the ranunculus in varying lengths to add dimension. Start on the sides and then go up and down, following the shape of the arrangement. Tulips are another beautiful choice.
Grab your roses and start placement on the sides. Tuck roses with cut or shorter stems into the center.
Pro Tip: Purchase your flowers a day or two in advance and place in a water until you’re ready to begin. The extra time will allow the blooms to open.
Lift flowers and tuck kumquats underneath, draping and following the shape as you go. For extra length, use a skewer and a bit of tape to create a longer stem and more stability.
Use tape to bunch thyme into bundles and place where it best fits.
Pro Tip: At this point, do not be afraid to move greenery and florals around as needed.
Add figs either by piercing with a skewer or gently setting among the flowers. Use additional fruit on the table setting for added ambience. Lady apples, lemons, and pomegranates are also great options.
Place in the center of your table, aligning with the shape and allowing room for place settings for your guests.
Pro Tip: To minimize stress the day of your event, create a seating arrangement and serve food family style.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Clippers or scissors
Twine or string
Trim 12” of rosemary and ensure the end is firm so it will not snap when bent.
Overlap the ends and tie a knot with twine or string.
Finish with a bow and loop over the neck of a wine bottle or attach to a seasonal gift.