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 Floral Candle Arrangements:
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Country Lemonade Yankee Candle Bouquet
Bring a burst of sunshine into someone special's day.
This vivid arrangement injects life and vigor into any surroundings.
Bright yellow lilies, yarrow, poms and solidago "sprout" from a candle jar, accented with tree fern, and bear grass.
The lilies may arrive in bud form, and achieve their full and glorious beauty in 2-3 days.
Realistic lemon slices add a sense of fun and bring back memories of carefree summer days.
Once the flowers lose their youthful bloom, you still have the candle: a long-lasting marvel, (110-150 hours),
which burns with the natural and invigorating smell of freshly-squeezed lemons.
Pastel Taper Candle and Flower Centerpiece - Medium
Fresh flowers, hand-arranged in colorful and fragrant splendor, turn any tabletop into the elegant and sophisticated centre of a celebration.
Pink roses, pink lilies, daisy poms, yarrow, asters, statice and monte casino, form an attractive dome shape. A 12-inch long pink taper candle completes the arrangement.
Yellow and blue florals break the pastel pinkness, and lend a note of liveliness.
Measurements: 14 x 8½". Also available in a small, 13 x 7 inch arrangement, without roses
a large, 15 x 9 inch arrangement
Fields of Europe Candle and Flower Centerpiece - Large
Forget "subdued", "somber" and "understated" when you display this lively centerpiece on your dinner table, or at a special event.
Inspired by the lush flower fields of Europe, brilliant yellow lilies and orange roses produce a breathtaking splash of color on any table top.
The hand-crafted arrangement consists of roses, lilies, alstroemeria, poms, waxflower, monte casino and salal.
The lilies might arrive in bud form, and open up to their full magnificence in 2-3 days.
The arrangement measures ± 12 inches in diameter, and includes a bright yellow, 12-inch tall taper candle. Also available as a
medium, 11-inch wide arrangement
, and a
small, 10-inch wide arrangement
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?)