Ta­ble dec­o­rat­ing

Whether your event is for­mal or in­for­mal, it’s all in the de­tails. Flo­ral de­tails, that is.

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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.

TA­BLE GAR­LAND

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.

FAVOUR BOX

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).

FLO­RAL RUN­NER

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.

VIN­TAGE GLORY

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.

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