Party Flower Care: Select long lasting Flower Varieties That Get Your Point Across
Matching Flower Napkin Rings/Guest Favors
Ask your florist about purchasing some water-picks to keep your cut flowers fresh within your napkin folds, (thus avoiding the embarrassment of wilting blossoms) when using flower varieties that do not fair so well out of water for any length of time. These are a useful & inexpensive tool that, when washed carefully, can be re-used.
When decorating your table with your favourite flowers don’t forget that there are now “Edible Flowers” available on the market, so while you dazzle your guests with the perfect centerpiece you can also impress them by decorating their plates with a floral extravaganza that will not detract from their meal. These are available in several forms but a sprinkling of the dried variety would work really well here and would make an excellent alternative to the usual dusting of each plate with icing sugar!
Although not by any means a new idea, this addition to any serving platter is always a hit. So when purchasing your roses for that elegant posy remember to put to one side all the healthy rose leaves to make your chocolate leaf garnishes. Wash the leaves and allow to dry but do not allow to dry out. If necessary, Store in a sandwich bag in a cool area until needed. Then melt the chocolate by standard method and spread onto the back of each leaf and allow to cool and set in the fridge. Once set, remove each leaf by peeling each one away carefully, starting with the stem end. Decorate your favourite desert platter with the finished product. Try adding flavouring or adding food colouring to white chocolate for the right finishing touch. A variety of leaves can be used for variation on shape and size, using the same method. Also, try spraying some of the leaves with vegetable oil to give them a lustrous shine or gold spray paint, and intermingle with the chocolate leaves for more variety and an appealing look.
Another idea for a spectacular feature for your big party would be to make a cake using only flowers. Soak two floral oasis blocks, cut into 2 large semi circles and then secure to your favourite dish or shallow bowl. Starting at the top of the cake, make your design using the flowers and colours of your choice remembering to cut the stems to about 2” short and push well into the oasis to secure. When the top is complete continue your design as you would for a cake around the sides until the oasis is completely covered. Spray Chrysanthemums, Gerbera Daisies and Mini Carnations or standard carnations are all good choices for this design. This idea can be used for any theme such as a “Spider” for Halloween” perhaps. Just make a smaller circle and cover with large Fuji Mums, then use greenery for the legs and a black pipe cleaner to make the eyes. Creepy but effective!
Frosted Fruit Centerpiece
Make a frosted fruit centerpiece with fresh fruit using egg white and icing
sugar and for added flair, frost your chosen flowers and make
your table arrangements, one for either side of the fruit bowl. Or ask
your florist to make you a couple of table arrangements, (using darker
vivid colours for better effect) and then frost them just prior to
preparing the table. Frost some of the leaves from the flowers or
greenery and use to garnish the plates as each course is served.
Flower Bowls & Pots
Arrange flowers heads in crystal bowls filled with cracked ice gel. Depending on the theme for the party add some sparkles or confetti to the gel during the mixing or add some food colouring to set off your favourite blooms.
Make a flowerpot shaped napkin by folding a large cloth napkin then place several blooms such as tulips or daisies to represent the flowers In the pot, inside the top of the pot. Lay flat in the centre of the table or place one beside each table setting.
Make guests a Christmas tree decoration for each place setting at Christmas by folding a green paper napkin into a tree shape and insert a Fuji mum at the top to represent a star.
Using of small water fountains as table decorations is very popular nowadays. Pick this effect up a notch by floating a few of your favourite blooms in the pool or be creative and decorate the whole thing! This is great for a burst of colour and your flowers will stay fresh. Just remember to change the water periodically.
For a more elegant feel and using a slightly different theme, try using chopstick rests as a floral display prop for small orchids such as Dendrobiums or Mini Cymbidiums. (These flowers can be purchased by the stem with each stem producing several blooms, so a single stem or two could quite easily be sufficient to decorate your whole table). Insert each bloom into a water-pick to enhance and prolong the Freshness of the blooms throughout the day or evening, at the end of which, your guests would be more than happy to take their place setting decoration home with them.
Floral Party Favor
Use small bundles of babies breath (gypsophila) arranged into small Posies, tied up with a coloured paper doily and then fastened with a little ribbon to hand out to guests at Christenings and weddings, bridal and baby showers etc.
Additional Ideas For Party Themes:
- Japanese Garden Party
- Harlequin (Black & White)
- Masquerade Ball or Mardi Gras
- Beach Party Treasure Island Style