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.
Create easy, and visually stunning, table centerpieces, using the following:
Christmas Floral Centerpieces with Candles:
Royal Christmas Centerpiece - Flower and Candle Table Arrangement
Turn Christmas dinner into a royal occasion! Dine by the light of three golden taper candles, and the subtle scents of flowers and forest firs.
An arrangement of delicate cream flowers - alstroemeria and roses - complement an array of gold-tinted pinecones, berries, Christmas ornaments and ribbons. Christmas greens - including variegated holly, flat cedar, noble fir and white pine - add that touch of "Xmas in the woodlands".
Keep this centerpiece for yourself, or send it to someone special.
Fall Flower and Candle Arrangements:
Harvest Happiness Floral and Taper Candles Centerpiece
Celebrate the richness of fall. An arrangement of red asters, burgundy, yellow and bronze mums brings the ravishing shades of autumn to your Thanksgiving table.
Copper beech leaves and sasal add country brown and fresh green accents.
Twin tapers, in the golden yellow of fall, glow above it all.
Glow of Gratitude Centerpiece - Flowers and Hurricane Taper Candle Holder
An arrangement of fall-colored flowers - in rich reds, burgundy, yellow, and bronze - send a glowing message of gratitude. Exotic orchids and asiatic lilies blend with fragrant roses and eucalyptus, while bronze cushion mums and red oak leaves add the shapes and colors of autumn.
So, give thanks with the classic gift of flowers - send this sumptuous fall flower centerpiece to your favorite people. Or display it in the middle of your fall table and make Thanksgiving dinner a floral affair.
A pomegranate taper candle in a shapely glass hurricane lights the room with drip-free candlelight.
Approximately 22" wide x 12" high.
Graceful Glow Centerpiece - Fall Flowers and Candles
Give thanks by the light of the burgundy tapers sticking out of this classic fall centerpiece.
Lilies, asters, daisies and mums, in shades of red, orange and bronze, typify the warmth, and burnished intensity, of autumn. A burgundy satin ribbon adds a touch of sophistication, while stems of wheat add an appealing harvest theme.
Approximately 26" wide x 17½" high.
Candles and Flowers for Other Occasions:
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?)