Holiday Flower Decorating Tips from P. Allen Smith
Nothing brings a holiday party to life like an arrangement of fresh, sweet smelling flowers and berries. I love incorporating cut flower bouquets into my holiday décor, and these long-lasting, larger-than-life blooms from Stargazer Barn brought the perfect touch of Christmas to the kitchen at Moss Mountain Farm.
The inspiration for this centerpiece was classic red and white peppermint candies. I just love setting out a bowl of sweet mints and candy canes during the holiday, and these vibrant bouquets filled the room with the perfect sugary sentiment.
To create this festive holiday extravaganza, we used white Oriental Lilies, rich red Ile de France Tulips, white Silentia Tulips, red Ilex Berries, Starfighter Lilies with dramatic red centers with white edges and a peppering of cedar and other evergreens for nice added texture and volume.
The compliments on this arrangement were endless.
It’s great fun to learn and create your own arrangements at home. Here are a few tips — with the help of the lovely Stargazer Barn blooms — to get your own holiday centerpiece started ...
- For added height and a simplified look for lilies, strip the leaves off a single variety and cluster them in tall cylinder vases. You can hold them together like a bouquet using a rubber band, then cover with a bit of twine.
- To help hide the inevitable dirty water that comes with working with greenery, try using a vase with an opaque finish.
- Don't have a vase like this? You could wrap a clear cylindrical vase with large sheets of vellum, or even holiday gift-wrap held into place with double stick tape.
- Create levels with your arrangements. Lilies have great height so place them toward the back. Tulips are graceful and weeping, and look great in a low vase toward the front.
- Don’t be afraid to mix and match. You can do no wrong with blooms this beautiful!
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