A Different Kind of Centerpiece


Often, one of the challenges of entertaining is finding a way to marry practical and the spectacular.  When it comes to holiday tablescapes, flowers and food fight for center stage.  This year, I'm determined to have my pie and eat it too. 
 To open up room on the table to display the lovely turkey and sides, I'm suspending my flowers in the form of a chandelier.   

Though the colors of Thanksgiving are typically yellows and oranges, I've never been much of a fan of either.  I'm a firm believer that every event should take on a personality of its own, and that you should never get too restricted by tradition.  As I was shopping for flowers, I was instead drawn to some of the beautiful pinks, purples, whites and reds of the blooms. Inspired, I decided to use colors from this palette for my Thanksgiving dinner. 
The Process:

 1. A Southern Living at Home chandelier served as my form.  As it is not waterproof, I first lined it with plastic wrap to help keep some of the water from seeping out.

2. I then soaked pre-cut florist foam in water mixed with plant food.  **Note: When soaking the foam, place the wet foam on the top of the water and let it soak slowly, of its own accord.  Forcing the foam under water will create dry pockets within the foam and any flowers pushed into it will not get the moisture they need.

3.  After placing the soaked foam in the ring, I began pushing snipped flowers into it.  I placed the larger flowers (roses, dahlias, sunflowers and stock) first, making sure to rotate the form as I went to ensure even placement. 

4.  After securing the larger flowers, I began inserting greenery, smaller flowers and berries in any empty spaces to create a full look. 

5. Finally, I suspended three small candle holders from the top scrolls of the form.  When, on Thursday, we sit to eat, I'll insert tea lights to add glimmer and drama to my centerpiece.

** Tip: Though wet foam will keep flowers hydrated, it does need to be re-watered from time to time. As some forms (such as this one) can overflow if too much water is poured on it at once,  by placing ice cubes in various places on the foam, you can create an extended, slow release of water instead.

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