Fresh flowers bring life and vitality to your home, and your special occasions. Each variety creates a unique mood by means of color and fragrance, and sends a message of sympathy, congratulations, love or admiration.
Combine flowers with magical candlelight, and you immediately add an extra dimension. These versatile centerpieces illuminate weddings and dinners, decorate mantelpieces and tabletops, or match the colors and themes of your holiday tables.
Create easy, and visually stunning, table centerpieces, using the following:
Formal candle and flower bouquets, hand arranged by professional florists, and delivered to your door. A selection of the finest flowers, expertly
arranged, with one, two or three taper candles peeking out of the petals and foliage, turns an event into a celebration, and becomes the focal point of any room.
Simple candle and flower centerpieces. Easily combine flowers from your own garden, or local market stall, and your favorite candles. See instructions below.
How to Make Your Cut Flowers Last Longer
Cut flower stems diagonally. Insert them
into warm water at once. Leave for at least 2 hours, before arranging them in fresh water.
Crush the stem ends of woody-stalked flowers before placing them in warm water.
Milky stems "bleed" when cut. Sear these over a flame, or other source of heat, to seal the pores.
Tulips, etc., have fragile stems. Wrap these floral types in water-absorbing paper, up to their heads, before placing them in water.
An aspirin, dissolved in water, gives cut flowers a longer life. Likewise Epsom salts.
Ideas for Flower and Candle Arrangements:
Burgundy-Toned Fruit and Flower Arrangement
'tis the season for delectable fruits and summer flowers.
Artificial apples and genuine flowers - Sweet William, carnations, miniature carnations, plus red hydrangea - surround a clear glass hurricane candle holder.
This lush centerpiece includes the pillar candle, in rich burgundy-red tones.
White and Silver Flower and Candle Arrangement
Not only a hit for the holidays, this white and silver arrangement might also grace a table at your wedding or anniversary.
Pure white flowers - hydrangeas, asiatic lilies, and carnations - express a message of love and devotion.
Deep green sasal, variegated pittosporum, and silver leaves, fit with end-of-the-year or bridal themes.
A trio of silver taper candles completes this lush centerpiece, adding a look that's festive, yet elegant.
Size: approximately 21" wide x 18½" high.
Don't have the skill or inclination to do a formal flower arrangement?
If, like me, you're not a very talented flower arranger, this is an easy floral piece you can do without an oasis.
This centrepiece won't stand the test of time, or withstand the rigours of a formal event, but is ideal for informal, candle lit dinner parties.
A great way to display flowers from your own garden, too. Substitute your favourite seasonal flowers for the poppies and pansies, if you prefer.
Proceed as follows: place a big candle in the centre of a dinner plate, (or dish with slightly raised edges).
Pour a shallow layer of water into the plate. Surround the candle with flower heads, with their stems in the water.
Stick smaller, contrasting flowers and foliage into the gaps.
A quick, more environmentally-friendly way of arranging flowers.
A great decoration for a coffee table, especially for afternoon tea parties.
Use several pieces of your tea service to create this easy centerpiece. We used candles, crockery and flowers in warm, autumn colours to complement the brass candle holders, but adapt the colours to suit your own seasonal taste and dècor.
A shallow, oval dish
2 taper candle holders
1 ball candle, 2 taper candles
A round bowl, which the ball candle fits into
Flowers, (we used asters)
Place the bowl into the oval dish. Place 2 candlesticks on either side of the dish, with taper candles in them. Pour water into the dish and arrange the flowers loosely around the bowl with their stems sticking into the water. Put the ball candle into the bowl.
You need no special flower arranging skills to achieve this simple flower and candle centerpiece, with the rustic look.
An earth-toned vase or ceramic flower pot
A tall cylinder candle slightly narrower than the opening of the vase Use an ivory candle or one matching the colour of your vase .
Yellow, orange or rust-coloured flowers
Add some water to the vase. Place the candle in the vase. Stick the flowers in loosely around the candle in a way that is pleasing to your eye.
Other flowers you can use:
marigolds, daisies, any other long-stemmed flowers. Not delicate, sophisticated flowers such as orchids and roses.
The tips for preparing flowers for arranging come from the book Candles in Flower Arrangements
by Myrtis N. Powell, (1970?)