I have several urns that I use for huge centerpieces, but Laurie is in possession of one of my favorites. It’s known as the Las Vegas Cup, awarded at our family model-boat regatta, which Mel won at our last event (by skullduggery, I might add, but that’s another tale!). This silver-plated urn is attached to a wooden base and stands about 24 inches tall. It is perfect for many centerpieces.The Queen of Hearts party was just the occasion to free it from the dust in which it was shrouded (Laurie doesn’t consider its residency in her home an honor). After polishing it, here’s how I went about building a spectacular centerpiece in it.
I soaked my Oasis (floral foam) and used one block plus a bit more to form the base, which I covered with a foundation of leather fern–just enough to cover the mechanics at the top of the urn. I then opened up the two bunches of roses, one red and one white. The reds were on sale because it was a week after Valentine’s Day, and florists had sold as many “one dozen reds” as they were going to sell. You know how the Party Know-It-Alls like a bargain! The whites, however, came at a premium but they were gorgeous!
I trimmed the thorns off all my roses, cut the ends on a diagonal and dropped them into a waiting bucket of water. Then I opened up the two bunches of long-stemmed cabbages – seriously, that’s what they were. Miniature cabbages grown long, about 20 inches or so, which I trimmed to a pointier end, so they wouldn’t take up too much of my Oasis space. I used six of them in the big arrangement, which left four for each of my smaller powder room arrangements. (For the smaller arrangements, I used a teacup with cabbages, roses and the king cards, and, for the other, a teapot with roses and cabbages with the ever present kings.)
I trimmed my roses to varying lengths and inserted them deep into the Oasis (you can only insert the stems once: Don’t remove them and do it twice–your Oasis doesn’t work well full of holes). I finished thearrangement with asparagus ferns and more leather ferns. Once I had the centerpiece on the table, I added in the paint brushes and the kings on card sticks. I added sparkly foam hearts from Mosketels. My final touch was to add the black sparkly ting-ting that we picked up a few weeks ago.
I propped Mel’s Mad Hatter top hat next to the base to complete the centerpiece. I had lots of fun coming up with these, and I think they added the perfect touch to our tables.