Centerpieces add to the life of the party. Use the centerpiece on the buffet table, dining room table or in the entry way. Decide the theme and colors of the centerpiece. Coordinate them with the event or celebration. Be creative. Use items that aren't normally found in centerpieces like seashells for a beach party, animals for a safari party or jewelry for a pirate party. Fresh flowers are always appropriate but feel free to use silk flowers as well.
Cut off an inch of the stems of the greenery and flowers and leave in ice water for an hour. This hydrates the flowers so they'll remain fresh for a longer period.
Select a sturdy container as the base of the centerpiece. It should be waterproof for fresh flowers and attractive if you're not going to cover it up with other materials. Fill the container with floral foam and then soak the foam and container in water for 20 minutes. Remove and tip out excess water.
Cover the foam with greenery so very little of the foam shows but there is still room for the flower stems. The greenery stems should be between 2 to 3 inches long and the height of the greenery covering the foam should be 2 to 3 inches long as well. Place taller greenery in the back. The tall greenery should be as high as you wish the finished centerpiece to be, decreasing in height towards the front and sides.
Cut the stems of the tallest flowers so they are a few inches shorter than the tall greenery. Cut additional flowers to varying stem lengths. Finally cut a half dozen flowers to 4-inches short.
Place the accessory in the centerpiece so it's in the front 1/3 of the arrangement to the left side of center.
Place the flowers in the greenery, with the tallest in the back, the medium height flowers in front of the tall flowers in the middle of the centerpiece and the short flowers in the front and to the sides. Put a few flowers directly around the accessory.
Fill in any gaps with the filler flowers of baby's breath, button mums, mini carnations, sweetheart roses or other small flowers.