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You’re Invited – Set The Party Mood With Flowers

Fresh flowers can really set the mood for any celebration, from casual to formal, and the well-appointed luncheon or dinner party table always includes a floral centerpiece. If you’re planning a special event, your local professional florist can work with you to create the perfect decorations for the festive occasion, expertly coordinating the flowers to the environment. It’s a fact that people will remember and talk about beautiful flowers long after the food has been consumed.

Popular Party Trends With Flowers

One popular trend in table decor features the use of several smaller components to make up the total design. These individual components might consist of a series of small glass vases in varying shapes lined down the center of the table, each separate vase containing it’s own type of flower. The little arrangements can then double as party favors.

Fruit & Flower ArrangementA similar effect can be achieved with terra cotta pots (with waterproof liners) in a variety of sizes, mounded tightly with blossoms, arranged along the table, and linked with strands of bear grass or curly willow twigs between them. Even though each vase or pot might hold just one kind of flower, it’s best to consider the overall color harmony of the total design.

For example, a monochromatic color scheme, with all of the flowers being within different values of the same hue, can be very effective even if the flowers are of assorted species. The addition of other decorative elements, such as linens, candles, and napkin ties, completes the tablescape.

Fresh fruit can be an excellent complement to flowers in a centerpiece. In fact, the arrangement pictured here uses grapes and green apples as means of support for the fresh blossoms.

Party Flower Etiquette

No matter what style of centerpiece you choose, it is important to keep in mind that your guests will want to be able to see each other across the table. A good rule of thumb is to place your elbow on the table with your forearm in the vertical position, wrist bent. This will be the maximum height for the flowers in order for the party-goers to see across them. Of course, you may also choose to elevate the flowers above the guests’ sight lines, as in the case of a topiary style arrangement. This is especially effective in a high-ceiling room.

Centerpieces for buffet tables should be tall and raised above the food so that they can be seen over the fare and so that they are not competing with it for table space or attention. In this case footed urns, cake plates, or tall vases make suitable containers.

Your local florist can provide lots of ideas for flower arrangements that will help make your party splendid. Don’t delay…throw a party today!

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