The holidays are the time to really kick your table centerpieces up a notch. When you’re serving elegant holiday dinners, it just feels appropriate to have an equally elegant floral arrangement to go along with it. Paula loves making large-scale arrangements, from a grand Lowcountry centerpiece to a low winter-white arrangement. The best part about these masterpieces is that they will last awhile since they feature hearty natural elements.
This grand arrangement is a celebration of Paula’s hometown region, the Lowcountry. Magnolia, pine, and cedar make up the bulk of the greens, and a sprinkling of holly and seeded eucalyptus bring in some different textures. Stars of Bethlehem lighten up the arrangement while pinecones add a woody element. The single red bromeliad in the middle provides a focal point for the centerpiece and is the perfect representation of Paula’s coastal home.
This long and low arrangement sits perfectly and unobtrusively in the center of the dinner table. In a juxtaposition of textures, a collar of delicate cedar was topped with round, wide hydrangeas and finished with long, simple calla lilies to bring in a bit of height. The vessel for the arrangement is a vintage silver chafing dish.
Red, green, and white are the classic colors of Christmas, and this centerpiece uses them all in a refined, elegant display. Spruce is the greenery used, and spray roses and hypericum berries bring in rich red accented by white spray roses, hydrangeas, and calla lilies and finished with pinecones. The vase or vessel chosen for your centerpiece will change the feel of it. It can be just a simple container that plays second to the arrangement, or it can stand out as a beautiful element of the piece. Here, a tall mercury-glass vase is just as much part of the display as the flowers. The height of it works especially well on a buffet.