Change Christmas Into New Year's . . .
When Christmas Dinner is history, revive the centerpiece for New Year’s Eve!!
Because I fixed the dinner centerpiece in a liner instead of the crystal bowl, changing the motif of the arrangement is quick and simple.
You will need:
Glitter Top Hat
Assorted Party Blowouts
Floral Wrap Tape
Remove the liner with the arrangement from the bowl used at Christmas Dinner.
Remove the candle, ribbons and any Christmas decorations from the arrangement.
Be sure to add water to the liner if needed.
Place the liner in the desired New Year’s Eve container. Make sure the flowers of the arrangement rest on the rim of the container, not below the rim. An object may be needed to raise the liner to the desired height.
Take one party blowout and place a wood pick at the end of the blowout. Secure the wood pick with the floral wrap tape. Place wood picks to many colors of party blowouts. Place one blowout at the center of the arrangement taller than the other blowouts. Place the colorful party blowouts throughout the arrangement. Happy New Year!!!
Last Minute Christmas Gift . . .
Trimmings from the Christmas tree can be used to create a table centerpiece.
When our children were in elementary school, I fixed the same arrangements for all their teachers. Christmas tree trimmings can be saved and cut up to be used for small centerpieces for gifts. Simple bowls, such as cereal bowls, are excellent containers for these centerpieces.
Prepare the container by cutting a piece of floral foam to fit the bowl. Soak the floral foam overnight. Place the floral foam in the bowl and secure with the floral waterproof tape. Take the candle and secure 2 wooden picks to the base of the candle using floral wrap tape. Place the candle in the center of the floral foam.
Make 2 small bows with #3 ribbon. Secure with pieces of wire wrapped with floral wrap tape. Place a wooden pick at the end of the wires. Secure with floral wrap tape. Make 2 small streamers by taking a piece of ribbon and folding in half. Place a wooden pick at the fold. Secure with floral wrap tape. Set these aside.
Take branches of the Christmas tree trimmings and cut into small pieces. Many pieces are created from just one branch. Make the cuttings depending on the size of the container.
Take a cutting and remove the needles from the branch using the rose stripper. Place the cutting around the base of the bowl. Place cuttings around the candle, going no higher than halfway the height of the candle. Continue to fill in the center of the foam with more cuttings.
Place a bow in the greenery at the base of the candle. Place the other bow on the opposite side. Place the streamers between the two bows on the opposite sides.
I used miniature carnations as the focal flowers for this arrangement. Place larger blooms of the miniature carnation opposite the bows. Fill in the arrangement with smaller blooms. I used Snowflake Pom-poms as the filler flowers. Place these blooms lower than the miniature carnations. Remember to place the blooms at various heights, with no blooms touching each other. Be sure to place blooms of the pom-poms close to the floral foam. This gives the arrangement depth.
I did the school arrangements in assembly line fashion. One year, I fixed 12 arrangements for their teachers. It was a hit with the teachers!
Add "Snow" to the Dinner Table . . .
Continue adding “snow” by using silver, white flowers and Baby’s Breath in the Christmas Dinner Centerpiece!
I chose to use Peppermint Carnations, white Alstromeria, Button Pom-poms, silver ribbon, pine cones, and “iced” artificial greenery along with Baby’s Breath to create this Christmas centerpiece
You will need:
White Button Pom-poms
Liner to fit Tray
Floral Waterproof Tape
Floral Wrap Tape
Cut a piece of floral foam to fit the liner that will sit inside the silver tray. Soak the foam at least 3 hours. Place the floral foam in the liner and secure with floral waterproof tape. Place the liner in the silver tray.
Cut 2 long piece of Christmas Greenery and strip the needles from the ends using the rose strippers. Place 1 greenery in the floral foam at the end of the tray allowing it to hang about 3 or 4 Inches over the edge of the tray. Repeat adding the other piece of greenery to the opposite end of the tray. Cut smaller pieces of greenery, strip the needles off ends, and place them in the foam along the edges of the tray. These pieces of greenery need to only extend about 1 inch over the edge of the tray. Cut small pieces of greenery, stripping the needles, and place on the top of the floral foam. These pieces should rise about 4 Inches above the foam. Cut more small pieces of greenery and fill in the gap between the top and side of the floral foam.
Cut a carnation to stand about 10” above the table. Place the carnation in the center of the floral foam. Cut 2 carnations to extend about 3 Inches beyond the Christmas greenery at the end of the tray. Place one carnation at the end of the tray into the floral foam. Repeat with the second carnation at the other end of the tray. Cut 2 Carnations to be placed shorter the carnation in the center of the arrangement. Place one carnation to the left and behind the center carnation, and the other carnation to the right and in front of the center carnation. Cut 2 more carnations to go between the last 2 carnations and the carnations on the ends of the tray. Place them in the foam to the front and back of the arrangement. Cut 2 last carnations to rest on the base of the tray about 1 inch over the Christmas greenery. Place alstromeria stems in the floral foam below the carnations.
I make a bow effect in the arrangement by placing loops of ribbon throughout the arrangement. Place the loops on wood picks and secure with the floral wrap tape. Place the picks in the floral foam. Add streamers to wood picks and place at the ends of the tray.
Add the button pom-poms close to the floral foam. This creates dimension to the arrangement. Add “snow” to the arrangement by adding Baby’s Breath.
Add more sparkle to the arrangement by adding pieces of artificial greenery that looks like there are pieces of ice resting on the greenery. Cut large pieces into smaller pieces and attach to wood picks. This adds even more sparkle!
Continue to decorate the fireplace by adding a fresh wreath to the center of the fireplace.
Artificial Christmas trees are so convenient, but memories are created by using all the senses. Choose a wreath of mixed fresh Christmas greenery to add aroma to the Holiday Season.
Choose a wreath that has a variety of evergreens. Some wreaths are decorated with pine cones. This pre-made wreath has pine cones in the evergreens. Add a bow at the top of the wreath.
I began by adding the Christmas tree lights. Cover the wreath with the lights making sure that the lights evenly cover the greenery. I added small silver Christmas ornaments to add more shimmer.
Take small clusters of Baby’s Breath and secure the ends with the floral wrap tape. Add the clusters heavily to the wreath to create the “snow” effect. Be sure to add Baby’s Breath to the center of the bow.
I hung the wreath using fishing line and fish hooks. CAREFULLY, thread one end of fish line through a fish hook and the other end through a wire form of the wreath behind the bow. Determine the length of fish line needed, and thread the other end of the fish line through another fish hook. Carefully, hook one fish hook near the ceiling or molding, and hook the other fish hook at a distance to create the height needed for your wreath placement. The distance of the hooks need to make the wreath centered and the correct height.