Whether it is fresh-cut flowers from your garden, the florist or a grocery store purchase, you want to create a stunning floral centerpiece. A flower centerpiece does not need to be expensive or extravagant. Your centerpiece can complement your decor, be humorous, show off your personality or be quite traditional.
A centerpiece is made to enhance and create a focal point, usually in, or close to, the middle of a table. Your flower centerpiece should be a design and assemblage of flowers, foliage, and accessories to create a feeling and ambiance, whether for a special event or, simply, for your own personal pleasure at home. Flower centerpieces can grace an end table, countertop, or dresser, as well as dining tables and buffets.
Flower centerpieces are structured in one of eight possible design types. The line, focal point and filler determine the type of floral arrangement centerpiece you design. Your flower centerpiece can be formal and traditional or casual and modern, but it will still follow one of the eight design types. Typically, floral dining table centerpieces are done in a horizontal structural design, though they can also follow minimal, oval or freestanding types. Vertical, triangular, crescent, and the lazy "S" designs are more suited for buffet tables and accent areas.
Flower centerpieces are created in an oriental, traditional, or modern style. An oriental styled centerpiece will have the emphasis on the lines of the arrangement and the placement of the flowers. A traditional or western style concentrates on the use of a quantity of flower blooms as a mass within the centerpiece arrangement. Modern styled flower centerpieces have no rules, and it is your choice as to placement and quantity, though most modern styles include elements similar to the oriental style.
Flower centerpieces can range in size from massive for large serving tables, to very small on an end table or night stand and every size in between. Determine the size of your floral centerpiece by the type of event and the table it will be on. The flowers you choose also factor into the size. Large blooms look better in a large arrangement, alone, or with only a few complementing blooms. Smaller sized flowers are best in small centerpieces, or as fillers in larger centerpieces. If you must use smaller flowers, but need a larger centerpieces, make several small flower arrangements in containers, then cluster the individual arrangements together to create one large centerpiece.
If you intend to use flowers from your garden, carefully inspect each stem to make sure you will not be bringing insects indoors. Ants, gnats, and aphids are the most prevalent invaders to your home on fresh-cut flowers from your garden. As you design your flower centerpiece, be conscientious of where it will be displayed. Dinner table centerpieces must be designed lower to allow easy conversation flow among the diners.