Elsie & Fleur

If you’re looking to create traditional table centres this Christmas then choose seasonal flowers and foliage with candles and other festive accessories.

Go for things that please all the key senses, for example with the sense of smell, include cinnamon sticks and fresh oranges. Make your displays stand out visually by using red berries from pyracantha and holly – it’s been a mild year so they should be plentiful in gardens and hedgerows if the birds haven’t got their first.

You can get pretty much any flowers all year round these days but if you’re keen to keep it seasonal then the long stemed and long-lasting flowers of the amaryllis are perfect for large, grand displays. 

If you are looking to create a table centre then height is a factor. Too tall and your guests won’t be able to see each other. For smaller creations use holly with berries and the foliage of viburnum.  If opulence and decadence is the theme, use figs, plums and nuts within your creation and scattered about, and also include central pillar candles to create a warm glow.

Rather than spending a fortune on flowers and foliage you can forage for bits and pieces in local hedgerows but remember to be responsible. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden then you can also use anything looking good at this time of year too.

The silvery, slim branches of the birch tree make excellent long table centres if complemented by various candles at different heights, you could also trail ivy over your creation, add pine cones, nuts and fruits such as figs, plums and bright red apples – all of which can be popped back in the fruit bowl when the lunch or dinner is over. 

Also snip dark green holly leaves and winter jasmine to use draped over mantelpieces and add small vases of Hellebores with pink hues in between.

If you prefer a less orchestrated display, just cut wild foliage and twigs and pop them in earthenware jugs. Keep it simple but be sure to include some elements of red for festive cheer.

Written by Sarah Johnstone — December 18, 2015

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