How to Arrange Flowers for a Centerpiece {Easy Tip!}

How to Arrange Flowers for a Centerpiece {Easy Tip!}

How to Arrange Flowers for a Centerpiece {Easy Tip!}

How to Arrange Flowers

Hi all, Michaela here again for my monthly entertaining post! First I have to say it’s such a joy to be over at The Inspired Room every month to show you some fun (and hopefully inspiring!) ideas for your home.

I am a lover of flowers; ever since I can remember, my mom has kept fresh flowers in our house and I always loved how cheery they made a room feel. Even when I was in college, I kept this tradition alive and it always made my dorm, apartment or house feel so warm and fresh.

With the holidays in full swing, I thought it’d be fun to give you a how-to holiday flower arrangement. This was our Thanksgiving centerpiece, but it could easily make a beautiful Christmas centerpiece as well, with its hues of red, green and white. Watch the video for tips, tricks and the entire floral arranging process (you may have to click over to here to view the video if you are reading this from a phone or iPad).

Music: Jess Penner, Life is Rosy

Flower Recipe: Peonies, David Austin Garden Roses, Seeded Eucalyptus, Ranunculus, Berries or Branches

Step 1: Begin by taping off your vessel into sections or quadrants. This will provide easy niches to sit the flowers so they stay in place and also helps you properly space them out.

Step 2: Create a structure and base with your “filler” blooms, lining the edges of your vase with the branches. Place them in different quadrants. I love the look of branches when they spill over the whole vessel.

Step 3: Next add in your “feature flowers,” placing them in different quadrants to be sure they are spaced out. Cut some shorter and some taller, to be sure to give it some diversity.

Step 4: Add in your “accent” flowers to fill in the holes. I started with the Ranunculus, then filled in more with some berry branches.

Tip:

Be sure to rotate your vase so you are seeing it from all angles! You probably don’t want a distinct front and back :)

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What I love about flowers are there really is no “wrong” way to do it! With a few simple tricks (like the taping the vase into sections– seriously changed my life when I learned that one!) you can make professional looking bouquets in your home.

If you’re wondering where I found Peonies this time of year, I went to the flower market in my city. Most major cities have flower markets that are open to wholesalers and retail customers. Just search for the one closest to you online! They’re the best resource for blooms, because they are more affordable than anything you can find at a florist or grocery store.

Here are a few pictures of how the centerpiece looks on a holiday table. Just lovely, I think!

How to Arrange Flowers for a Centerpiece {Easy Tip!}

How to Arrange Flowers for a Centerpiece {Easy Tip!}

How to Arrange Flowers for a Centerpiece {Easy Tip!}

How to Arrange Flowers for a Centerpiece {Easy Tip!}

Hopefully this post has inspired some beautiful centerpieces for your holiday parties and gatherings! You can come say hi to me over at my design blog (I’m sharing a party favor today, so come visit!) or  inquire about my interior design services on my website.

Happy December!

How to Arrange Flowers for a Centerpiece {Easy Tip!}

Gift Ideas {A Few of My Favorite Things} & Pier 1 Gift Card Giveaway!

Gift Ideas {A Few of My Favorite Things} & Pier 1 Gift Card Giveaway!

It’s better to give than to receive, right?

Yes. Yes it is.

So, I really was trying my best to Christmas shop for other people this week :-). I was.

But then … THIS happened. See those photos? I couldn’t help myself….I have little willpower.

NOTE: This post is sponsored in partnership with Pier 1, but I hand selected each of these gifts because I love them so much (they are NOT affiliate links). 

I love Pier 1 and am SO happy we have one near our home! They are one of my favorite go-to sources for gifts, furniture and rugs all year round (like my trellis chair, my round rug, my settee….)

But back to my Christmas shopping.

This week I found the perfect gifts for …

1. Cuddling.

Honestly. Could they be any cuter? I don’t know why but if it is furry and adorable, it ends up in my hands. These animals are seriously THE CUTEST ever. I first saw the owl a few months ago. I carried him all through the store, and finally left him sitting on a chair. But as soon as I got to the car, I felt like he was calling me and I had to go back. I’m weird. But see the owl’s feet? Could not resist. These furry friends make a great gift –for yourself. Because you won’t be able to part with them once you pick one up and give ’em a little squeeze. Just warning you.

*Gift Ideas: Owl, Fox

2. Entertaining.

I think it is so fun to give and receive pretty little dishes and items for entertaining. We found several LOVELY things on our shopping trip that would make a perfect gift for a hostess or friend. Or, for yourself. In fact, I already washed the festive dishes, put the gorgeous napkin rings in my drawer and the absolutely beautiful wine glasses in my cabinet. Apparently, I cannot be trusted to buy nice gifts for anyone.

*Gift Ideas: Hand-blown Wine Glasses, Appetizer Plates, Hammered Gold & Hammered Silver Napkin Rings

3. The kitchen.

I have a slight obsession with measuring spoons and cups. I love opening my baking drawer and seeing plenty of pretty baking tools! A few of my measuring cups have started to chip from use (yes, I actually USE my cute measuring cups!), so I was happy to find new ones! I would totally give them away if I didn’t already put them away in my own drawer.

*Gift Ideas: Measuring cups, Owl Measuring Spoons, Zinnia Measuring Spoons

4. The home.

When my husband and I got married years ago we decided that we would use holidays, anniversaries and birthdays to buy each other gifts for our first home. We loved giving ourselves new coasters, pretty serving bowls, good smelling candles or cozy throw blankets! Every year our house felt more and more like home as we were able to collect new things we loved during the holidays.

Even though we are on our sixth home, I obviously still like getting new things for our house! I already set the coasters on my coffee table. And the bowl on my dining room table. And I’ve been snuggling with that furry throw so I probably already drooled on it. But to redeem myself slightly, I did give the candle away before I could burn it. :-)

*Gift Ideas: Coasters, Leaf Bowl, Blanket, Candle

In other words, I found gifts that I just happen to really like.

A lot.

I hope my list of favorite gift ideas will make your shopping a little easier, or at least make your own home a little more festive this year. Eh hem. 

JUST ADDED! You can enter to win a $50 Pier 1 gift card to shop for your favorite gifts at Pier 1! This giveaway is now closed.

Gift Ideas {A Few of My Favorite Things} & Pier 1 Gift Card Giveaway!
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