I adore flowers! I enjoy giving them and getting them. I love gardens, although I must admit, Laurie is the gardener, as you might notice if you’ve ever seen her garden blog. Not to say I don’t have my own garden with lots of roses. I do, but all that work! Wowzers! I’d rather someone else did it and let me just cut and arrange the flowers. But then they wouldn’t be dressing up my front patio and white picket fence. Plus, my rose taste leans toward coral and peach and pink, which severely limits my centerpieces, especially this weekend!
And that, my friends, brings me to our centerpiece. I try not to limit myself to just flowers. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always a great addition to any centerpiece. So that’s what I am doing for this weekend’s brunch. At the farmers market I picked up a mixed bunch of fall flowers and added a bunch of quirky orchid-like flowers in a fun variety of orange and rust. You can always find a great bunch of fall color at Trader Joe’s or at Costco.
I was recently gifted with a set of antique vases that are low and, when used together, link to make an oval. The only problem in the case of this arrangement is that the vases covered in a pastel rose pattern that clashes dreadfully with my fall colors. So I filled them with my pre-soaked Oasis, inserted all the flowers, cut to between 2 and 6 inches, until each vase was full, and then arranged fruit and fall gourds in front of and in between them. The result was fun and low, so our guests wouldn’t have to fight with the flowers to speak to each other.
If you don’t have something like this marvelous low vase, I suggest a few shallow bowls – there are always great choices at the 99 Cent Store. You can pick up three or four clear or, for this event, amber glass; load ’em up with soaked Oasis (available at Michael’s) and add your flowers. If you don’t want to spend a bunch on flowers, go outside and look around. There are fabulous autumn leaves everywhere. Fill your empty spots with short branches of colorful leaves, cut a little shorter than your flowers. I usually start with a few sprigs of leaves, add flowers and then fill in where needed. For less than $20 you will have an arrangement that will wow your friends and have you soaking up their praises.
Stick with me, today the flowers, tomorrow the table!