Flowers for wedding receptions are an integral part of the decorations. The arrangements may be elaborate and include hundreds of flowers or be as simple as one elegant blossom in a tall crystal vase. Use the freshest flowers possible so the arrangement won't wilt until after the wedding. Store the arrangements in a cool dry place. A bathtub filled with a few inches of ice will work. Rest the arrangements on top of the ice. Don't let the ice touch the flowers or greenery.
Basket Reception Centerpieces
Spray paint the baskets a soft white or ivory color. Let dry at least 24 hours.
Select food storage containers that fits inside the baskets.
Cut the floral foam to barely fit inside the food storage containers. The foam should be 1 inch taller than the top of the container. You should have to push the foam inside the container. Set the container in a sink filled with water for 20 minutes. The foam should be covered with water.
Place a waterproof food storage container inside a basket. The foam should still be visible 1/2 to 1 inch above the basket.
Cover the foam with asparagus fern and lemon leaves so the foam is no longer visible. Stick a few stems of the fern into the sides of the foam that peek over the basket. Let it trail down the sides of the basket here and there.
Select three stems of the eucalyptus branches. Cut two of them 6 inches high and one 8 inches high. Poke the tallest branch into the foam in the middle and the other two to each side of the middle, slanting them slightly to the side. Poke a sprig of lemon leaves in each corner of the basket about 3 inches from the sides.
Cut the stems of three roses to 8 inches. Arrange the roses in the center of the basket around the tallest eucalyptus branches by poking their stems into the floral foam. The flowers of the roses should be at the same height as the eucalyptus. Cut the stems of four roses to 6 inches high and arrange them around the 6-inch tall eucalyptus branches. Cut the stems of four roses to 4 inches high and arrange them next to the lemon leaf sprigs in the corners of the basket.
Cut the stems of 12 carnations to 5 inches high. Arrange them equally spaced around the roses.
Cut 12 freesia stems to 6 inches. Arrange them towards the edges of the basket. Poke some of them into the sides of the foam to fall gracefully over the basket.
Place Card Holders
Stuff the candle holders with floral foam. Poke in springs of lemon leaves, asparagus ferns and eucalyptus. No foam should be visible.
Cut the stems of the remaining flowers to 3 inches long. Poke one rose, one carnation and one freesia stem into each candle holder.
Arrange a place card holder at each setting.