To hearty feasts, sharing of joy and warmth and ringing laughter!
The nearing festive season beckons the need for lively floral centerpieces that can take on the festive spirit and provide for Instagrammable snaps as you entertain the guests. Be it for an extravagant wedding or a chic brunch, tablescapes are often the easiest part of the decor that you can handle yourself and the possibilities, as you’ll see here, are endless.
Floral centerpieces for a coherent aesthetic:
A midsummer night’s dream
Opt for louder botanical pieces to weave your midsummer magic. Intricate arrangements consisting of succulents, ferns and flowers in darker hues are instantly captivating. For a buoyant look, you may assemble wildflowers with some prominent pieces like proteas and sunflowers. Use the rest of the tableware to convey the theme as well- brightly colored or printed serviettes, colorful candles, straw mats and woven glass holders. These floral centerpieces are perfect for a late garden lunch or a picnic by the lake.
Tip: For fresh flowers to retain their freshness for longer, change the water at regular intervals.
Fall brings to you a myriad options to take your pick from. Express your love for autumnal tints with tinted glass bottles and variegated foliage or take the backyard glam road with lavender stocks, dried bunny tail, thistle and even some stylish black and gold tableware. If you’re using a darkwood table, ditch the tablecloth and if possible, bring on the lanterns. Don’t forget to incorporate pumpkins, apples and dry fruits!
Tip: Look for signet rings, beautiful ribbons or dried grass to hold together your serviettes and cutlery.
For a fun summer gala, here we have 3 very different themes for you to try. The first one is ideally a pastel Spring tablescape for Easter, but the vibrant greens and the overall cool composition would work great for a relaxing summer bonanza. The combination of coconuts and petite white blooms provides an effortless tropical island feel and would be an excellent choice for a beach wedding. An edible table runner crafted out of plush fruits spread over some greens is another easy but eye-catching fix when you have sudden plans.
Tip: Citrus fruits work as excellent bases on which you can stick lightweight decorations and dried florals.
Take out your vintage silverware for this one! Let the furniture direct the kind of ambiance you’re creating. A stripped-down tablescape with fresh or dried flower arrangements can take up distinct appearances depending on how they’re lit up and how the colors are balanced. You may also invoke Victorian extravagance befitting a winter wedding with bold and bulky floral centerpieces accompanied by fruit spreads.
Tip: For added ancient charm, look for old hardcovers, vintage decanters, frames, quills, pottery pieces, etc. to incorporate into your tablescapes.
Softly lit tablescapes with leafy accents make for uncluttered setups. These stress-free arrangements take a green approach and are well-suited for official congregations, book readings, club meetings, etc.
Never going out of style, a pastel palette can be designed to suit any occasion. Your flower selections will vary based on the effect desired- peonies, garden roses, lilies and daffodils for elegant volume, hydrangeas, spider mums and alstroemeria for fillers and gerbera daisies and dahlias for a dramatic, playful touch.
For intimate occasions, you may also turn to nude pastels with a boho feel. A few roses, baby’s breath and sun palm leaves will suffice to accentuate the setup.
Tropical leaves serve as great bases to build on for casual and classy decor. Fun and flamboyant, dainty palm fronds and dramatic monstera are among the most popular choices. Go for an uncluttered layout and simple crockery and add a few orchids, or vivid anthuriums, amaryllis and some slices of citrus fruits.
Tip: Use greens, lavender stocks or single petals as accents to tie together with the cutlery or place under transparent plates.
This is a theme that can be adapted to any season and a gathering of any magnitude- a lunch at home or a wedding. Let them take on a DIY appearance with the use of pine cones, wine bottles, jute twine placed over blocks of wood for an earthy and mysterious aura.
Floral centerpieces for special occasions:
In case you find flower arrangements fussy, simply buy extra X-mas tree trinkets and spread them atop ferns for a dazzling tablescape. Christmas decorations generally play with red and dark green color schemes. For fancier spreads, you may choose from grapevines, eucalyptus, Queen Anne’s lace, cypress, etc. Include pine cones and berries (like hypericum) and even some apples and pomegranates for a setup as sumptuous as the meal you’ve prepared. Another option to explore is the edible tablescape. Little treats arranged artistically make for truly jolly displays. These gingerbread huts can be topped with cream, sugar dust or chocolate- whatever your heart desires.
Love notes on Valentine’s
What better way to say “I love you” than a table spread littered with gleaming hearts and a bunch of roses? Another creative but low-effort way to adorn your Valentine’s tablescape is with these colorful floral centerpieces nestled in icecream cones placed in a glass. You may go for supreme elegance with a blush pink and gold layout too.
Easter bunny shenanigans
Easter tablescapes and floral centerpieces usually incorporate rich hues to bid goodbye to the cold. Here, however, is a range of layouts to accommodate your varied tastes. A minimal setup with an array of Easter eggs perched atop a block of wood and a bunny is the way to go for last-minute prep. The burnished gold and orange color palette fits right into the spirit of the occasion, complete with carrots, orange taper candles and little flower pots! For a more whimsical display with Easter bunnies and eggs lain upon a mesh of greenery and twigs, you might have to put in great work but the result, prettily perked up with wildflowers, will keep compliments coming in.
An eye for details:
Light it up
Candles are a classic, from a solemn ceremony to romantic late nights, they never fail to impress. Get creative with these leafy candle wraps tied in place with a ribbon or floating candles in slender glass containers stuffed with baby’s breath. You may take it up a notch with these gothic-inspired candles placed in glass bottles.
Tip: To ensure that your bigger blooms stay afloat, attach a piece of bubble wrap to their base.
Carefully planned out tablescapes pay special attention to the color scheme, a cohesion in which can often generate a visual stunner. This involves matching the color of your tablecloth, crockery, serviettes and floral centerpieces, such as these blue ones here. The plethora of patterns need only be accentuated with bits of greenery or a bunch of white blooms.
Tip: When working with bigger vases, use sponge or floral netting for added support.
Patterned tablecloths and serviettes are perhaps the simplest way to grab attention and even recycle old embellishments and give them a contemporary flavor. They reduce the need for other adornments and you can easily get away with using a checkered table spread for Valentine’s as well as Halloween!
Tip: An inverted wicker basket can also be utilized as a base to tuck flowers in for a rustic floral centerpiece.
Leafy table runners
Usually easier to put together as compared to their floral counterparts, these green table runners, depending upon the foliage used, can be shaped into a chic minimal tablescape with greyish leaves, a festive affair with Christmas ferns or a tropical layout with palm fronds and showy greenery. Light up your garden party or a farmhouse gathering with candles and you’re good to go!
Floral chandeliers have emerged as the latest hit among wedding decor trends. Each one is a unique, decadent piece that challenges your imagination and elevates the occasion with its artful elegance. Amid popular wedding adornments, pampas grass has made its place because of its feather-like texture that glows almost silver. Employ them into wonderfully voluminous floral chandeliers with a host of wildflowers and curled up twigs.
Tip: Lend textural variance to your arrangements with dried florals like ruscus, seeded eucalyptus, statice, bunny tail, plume reed grass, banksia, sun palm leaves, etc.
You may also turn to some ornate foliage for these overhead decorations that are apt for a sumptuous Christmas dinner or even a low-key New Year’s gathering or a dinner date. Opt for silver dollar eucalyptus, leather fern and leaves in rich hues like this crimson one right here for a modern appeal.