A party just isn't a party without a floral centerpiece. Start by choosing flowers and a vase or container that reflect the color scheme, style, and scale of the room—and the rest will be a snap.
Step 1: Cut floral foam Cut the floral foam so it fits snugly into your vase or container.
TIP: Use an opaque container—such as a ceramic bowl or terra-cotta pot—so guests can't see the foam base inside.
Step 2: Soak foam Remove the foam from the container and soak it in water. When it's saturated, put it back in the container.
Step 3: Add filler material Add the filler material to the arrangement first. Start by cutting each stem at a 45-degree angle before placing it, and work from the outside to the inside of the arrangement.
TIP: Cut your flower and filler stems one at a time as you use them, instead of all at once before starting, to keep them fresher longer.
Step 4: Add flowers Add the flowers to the arrangement, again trimming the stems at a 45-degree angle before placing.
TIP: The flowers should be no more than a few inches taller than the container, so seated guests can see and converse with each other over the arrangement.
Step 5: Add water daily Add water every day—or more often, if necessary.
FACT: At the height of the Netherlands' "Tulip Mania" in the late 17th century, some varieties of tulips could cost more than an Amsterdam house.
You Will Need
A mix of flowers: full & plump
tall & lean
1 or 2 with an unusual shape
Some accent filleru2014such as branches
A pair of gardening shears or scissors
A short vase or container suitable for the mood and dimensions