Entertaining with Abby: How to Create a Quick & Pretty Centerpiece
April 8, 2016
smp videoFlower DIYDIY
The thought of creating your own table centerpiece can be somewhat intimidating but we're here to tell you to forget all that. Follow these simple steps for a quick and, might we add, insanely pretty floral arrangement using an 80/20 mix of straight from your garden flowers (or your neighbors, we won't tell!) and store bought blooms. For even more Outdoor Entertaining 101, click here.

Materials


Floral Foam
Flowers
Plants from the Garden
Small Box or vessel
Plastic Bag
Clippers

instructions




Presoak floral foam in water and then place in your vessel surrounded by a plastic bag.



Start by adding some easy structure with a few pieces of long, loose greenery.



Then focus on your statement flower, taking care to cover all directions of your centerpiece.



Once your statement flowers are in, fill in with your other blooms and branches.



Continue turning as you add so that you can see your centerpiece from all angles.
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\"Materials\"


\r\nFloral Foam
\r\nFlowers
\r\nPlants from the Garden
\r\nSmall Box or vessel
\r\nPlastic Bag
\r\nClippers
\r\n

\"instructions\"


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\r\nPresoak floral foam in water and then place in your vessel surrounded by a plastic bag.
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\r\n
\r\nStart by adding some easy structure with a few pieces of long, loose greenery.
\r\n
\r\n
\r\n
\r\nThen focus on your statement flower, taking care to cover all directions of your centerpiece.
\r\n
\r\n
\r\n
\r\nOnce your statement flowers are in, fill in with your other blooms and branches.
\r\n
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\r\n
\r\nContinue turning as you add so that you can see your centerpiece from all angles."}],"excerpt":"Using a mix of garden clippings and store bought blooms, craft this quick and pretty floral centerpiece for your next outdoor party.","images":[{"id":3447831,"path":"/submissions/uploads/150924/56420ec1c36d6.jpg","width":2000,"height":3005,"ads":[],"credits":[{"name":"Leila Brewster","type":"Photography","lbb":0,"enhanced":0,"url":"http://www.stylemepretty.com/portfolio/leila-brewster-2"}],"url":"/vault/image/3447831","gallery":40173},{"id":3447837,"path":"/submissions/uploads/150924/56420ec4604c9.jpg","width":2000,"height":1331,"ads":[],"credits":[{"name":"Leila Brewster","type":"Photography","lbb":0,"enhanced":0,"url":"http://www.stylemepretty.com/portfolio/leila-brewster-2"}],"url":"/vault/image/3447837","gallery":40173}],"videos":[],"gallery":null,"collection":null,"terms":[{"id":152904,"living":true,"term_id":136728,"name":"smp 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