Whether your event is formal or informal, it’s all in the details. Floral details, that is.
There is no better way to dress a table than with the flowers, foliage and herbs of the season. Whether round, square or banquet-style, your guests’ tables will be a wonderful sight with bold and gusty blooms. Even subtle details make an unexpectedly pretty presentation.
For fresh flowers, use Oasis Table Deco floral foam. Insert foliage into the wet foam, then add your flowers. If using succulents, insert a skewer into the base of the succulent, dab some floral adhesive at the base so it doesn't come out, then push the skewer into the foam.
Create boutonnières for each of your guests and place them in small gift boxes. Place a box at each place setting. You can make your own gift boxes using craft paper – or heavier card – and cutting it to shape (devise a simple template with four petal-like sides).
To make: cut a piece of rope the same length as your table. Wire bundles of long-lasting foliage, such as eucalyptus, to the rope. Insert flower stems into floral water tubes, cover with floral tape and attach tubes to the runner, hiding them beneath the foliage.
CHOOSING COLOUR AND SHAPE
Too much white can be boring; add floral tablecloths and numerous bud vases if you want to drench your tables in bright colour. Incorporate rounded chairs to soften the edges for a beautifully informal floral setting. If your event is in the evening, suspend circular lighting from the ceiling – or from tree branches or overhead pergolas and gazebos.
The shape of the table will dictate the atmosphere. Long banquet tables with floral runners are typically used in formal settings. Round tables provide a more intimate setting – creating a more cosy ambience such as when friends and family might gather for a dinner party.
Give long tables some height to balance the look; choose taller floral arrangements, candelabras or thin taper candles for decoration. Elongate smaller tables by placing a floral arrangement in the centre. Want to create a fairly formal setting that's slightly more relaxed? Go for square tables.
Small bud vases, very simply arranged, work well with a variety of flowers. Select vases to match your theme.
Hosting a high tea? Dig out the fine china and serve your guests in style. Add a pretty floral centrepiece created with vintage jugs and plates. Simply stack them on top of one another, with a saucer at the top, a side plate in the middle and a dinner plate at the bottom. Top with roses and wild strawberries when in season. Pour water onto the plates to keep the flowers hydrated.