Christmas and New year, 3 easy floral arrangement ideas

Flower arrangements to decorate the house on Christmas and New Years

Preparing a beautiful table with flower arrangements when receiving guests for feasts like Christmas and New Year is quite a challenging exercise.

Follow recommendations by the renowned Flower Council of Holland to cast a loving spell on your guests.

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Flower overload for a Merry Christmas table

Table arrangement for New Year loaded with flowersPreparing the Christmas spirit means ensuring a warm, emotion-rich atmosphere that sparks sharing. In the same manner, the table itself can show this joy spilling over: with a load of plant ornaments, it will symbolize all the hugging and love that your family lives for!

How to proceed

  • On a single-colored tablecloth, either tan, gold-colored or clay-colored, place large aralia leaves.
  • These will serve as the background decorum.
  • Dabble bits of moss here and there (or small pots of helxine).
  • Gather all sorts of natural items such as leafless branches, fir and pine tree twigs and needles, pine cones…
  • Add bunches of orchid flowers or ferns and even, why not, succulents and hellebore.

This is a table that seems taken directly from a fairy tale banquet, especially if you add a couple candles and suspended kokedama on top!

  • As for the plates and cutlery, play around with contrast and set blue and white vintage plates that will bring a touch of freshness to the setup.

A stylish designer bouquet

To decorate the center of the room or of the banquet table, this flower arrangement is meant as a “natural sculpture”.

How to proceed

  • In a square vase of an average size, ideally made of smoked glass, gather branches of orchids in full bloom, lilies, arums, roses, freesias, nerines, viburnum and santinis, each with different hues.
  • Add some foliage and a few Ilex branches (with its bright red berries if you can, great for the end-of-year theme).
  • Last but not least, arch a large gold or copper-colored spray-painted branch.

The result: an astounding designer set in which the shapes and arrangements of each flower complement each other beautifully. This is a far cry from the traditional nordmann fir!

Flower arrangements to decorate the house on Christmas and New Years

Flowered cutlery

Cutlery decorated with flowers.Flower-based ornaments down to the tiniest detail! This idea pairs well with the flower arrangements you have set up as a centerpiece for the table.

This can even suffice on its own if you have many guests and wish the table to not seem too crowded.

How to proceed

  • Wrap the cutlery in a cute paper napkin with colors that match your theme.
  • Tie a knot around it with a bow.
  • Simply slide in one or more of the following flowers: calla lily, Ilex, dog rose berries, Phalaenopsis (more commonly known as “orchid”) and spurge.

Variations are of course possible with other beloved flower types: chrysanthemum, hellebore, amaryllis, winter jasmine… and even sprigs of thyme, fir (watch out for sap though) or cinnamon sticks!

Claire Lelong-Lehoang (inspired by www.maplantemonbonheur.fr)


Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Overflowing Christmas vase by Flower Council Holland / the joy of plants
Loaded Christmas table by Flower Council Holland / the joy of plants
Flowered cutlery by Flower Council Holland / the joy of plants