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How to Create a Floral Centerpiece

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
  • berries
  • or leaves
  • A pair of gardening shears or scissors
  • A short vase or container suitable for the mood and dimensions
  • Some flower-arranging foam
  • And water

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