I just finished my centerpieces for Christmas Day! I did them a little early this year so I could inspire you to do your own! Normally, I do them on Christmas Eve morning so they are good for most of Christmas week. I know nothing about flower arranging, except that I love to have a lot of flowers around my house for the Holidays and parties and I don’t like to pay to have them done by a florist! I also think you can pick prettier flowers when you DIY flower arrangements. A couple of years ago I started looking at the beautiful arrangements that they make in my local grocery store and I started buying the same flowers and vases and hoping for the best! It really isn’t that hard and it is fun! This year for Christmas, I choose to do red roses and white hydrangea – I have learned that I can pre-order my flowers and they will have them ready for pick-up. This is nice, because you know that they will have the flowers that you want and they will be fresh. I also love working with vases that I have bought at the florist. These two are my favorites! The large round one is great for rose bowls and hydrangea arrangements, which are easy and forgiving arrangements for beginners! Then I take ribbon and tie it around the vases.
Next, to do the arrangement with the hydrangea you cut about three stems, the flowers are huge and place them in the vase. You have two options with the roses, the one I did in the pictures puts all the roses in a group, I like to use this look when I do a rose bowl on my table with it. You can also fill the hydrangea in the vase and push the roses into the hydrangea throughout the arrangement. Either way, I use three hydrangea and a dozen roses.
First, place the hydrngea in the vase
This year I added cranberries to the water.
The cranberries were pretty to add to the arrangements but a little tricky to work with. First off, you will need a lot, if they are small bags about 1 1/2 per large vase. Cranberries float, so you put about half in, add a little bit of water, then put your flowers into the vase. When most of your flowers are in, add more and push the cranberries down as you add your water and remaining flowers. Next, we will make the rose bowl, you will need about 2 dozen roses. Start by cutting them and adding them one at a time, on an angle, then the center, and keep going around.
I had some extra roses so I just put them in the smaller vase for another spot in the house. There is nothing prettier then fresh flowers at Christmastime! Here is my table done! Have fun!