Learn how to create a beautiful floral table setting for your Easter gathering with these expert tips from Notting Hill-based florist and author Rowan Blossom
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A table plan gives direction and avoids the awkward shuffling around the table without anyone knowing where best to place themselves. It also means that you can encourage your guests to meet new people and socialise with those they aren’t familiar with. Place settings are the sweetest way to signal a table plan. They not only indicate where you would like everybody to sit, but are also a lovely memento for your guests to take away with them.
These posies are perfect for using up tiny stems or snapped heads that are too short for other arrangements. And don’t forget to include dried elements, such as strawflower and grasses to give texture and interest. I would suggest making these the day before, if you are hosting a breakfast or brunch, or first thing in the morning if you’re hosting lunch.
- Short vases or bottles (for temporary storage, not display)
- Florist tape
- Card and writing equipment
- Foliage – Dried heather, Rosemary, Senecio, Waxflower
- Flowers – Butterfly Ranunculus, Clematis, Oxypetalum, Ranunculus, Scabious
Tip – choose hardy stems
Although flowers don’t love being out of water, if you give them a good drink beforehand they should last for the duration of your event. Pick hardy stems: things like Dianthus, roses, rosebuds and sweet william are very robust.
1. Separate the foliage and flowers into little groups, one for each guest, and gather the foliage for each one. Place stems vertically, to create a stable background.
2. When you have a lovely, full bundle of foliage, add flower stems to fluff out the posy. Place the stems on top of the foliage and hold them in place by pinching between your thumb and forefinger.
3. Now add your babes. I like to nestle one close to where the posy will be tied, so it peeps out over the ribbon.
4. Secure the posy with florist tape. Stretch the tape as you twist it around the stems, to get a tight bind point. I use florist tape because it’s waterproof, so that if you are going to stand the posies in water before your event it will remain intact. I also love that it is green so blends in with the stems.
5. Carefully stand the miniature posy in a vase or bottle filled with water to keep them hydrated. Then just before your guests arrive, dry them off on a kitchen towel and tie a length of ribbon around each posy, covering the florist tape as you do so. Finish with a handwritten card and position at the table.
This extract is taken from Rowan Blossom’s new book, Living with Flowers: Blooms & Bouquets for the Home, published by Laurence King, RRP £19.99. Available here and at all good bookshops.
Feeling inspired? Discover how to create more of Rowan’s beautiful floral creations here