|Summer Floral Centerpieces|
Summer is a great time for entertaining. Somehow food just seems to taste better when it is served outdoors. But you don’t have to settle for paper plates and an ordinary red and white checked tablecloth for those special summer dinners. Make your summertime get-togethers even more special by serving your meal on a beautifully set table.
Fresh flowers from your garden are a perfect way to create a work of art. Just as different decorating styles are achieved through color and design, different flowers can be used to create specific moods.
re you hosting a summer bridal shower? Why not use white linen tablecloths adorned with short crystal vases of tea roses. Are you having friends for a summer time picnic? Fresh daisies and sunflowers in a country crock make a perfect arrangement for a casual gathering. Are you interested in a more sophisticated look? Wild grasses in glass or metal containers present the sleek, urban look.
Your summer centerpiece does require a bit of planning. First, choose an appropriate container for your flowers. Heavy containers are best for outdoor arrangements, as they are less likely to be tipped over by the wind. You can, however, make any vase weightier with the addition of gravel or stones. If your vase is clear glass, consider using clear floral marbles to provide additional weight.
s you walk through your garden choosing stems for your arrangements, look for flowers that are almost, but not quite, in full bloom. Flowers with crisp firm petals and buds that are beginning to open are best. Greenery should be crisp without any discolorations.
Once you’ve completed your centerpiece, you can easily choose the colors for the rest of your table. Whether using a formal linen table cloth, or informal checked placemats, be sure the colors complement the centerpiece. Choose similar colors for the plates and glasses, and you’ll find your guests oohing and ahhing over your beautiful summer tablescape.
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