An elegant arrangement for all types of occasions, this easy, do-it-yourself centerpiece with a single rose can be used for weddings, bridal showers and receptions. Without wasting time or money, you can bring beauty to your table with ease. Here’s how!
After spending what seems like a fortune on the dress, the venue and the food, some brides wonder whether there will be enough money left for the decorations. Looking for ways to decrease their costs, the reception decor is one of the first areas trimmed from the budget--but, it doesn't have to be. With this beautifully inexpensive arrangement, you can grace your tables with style and elegance--and the best part is that you can make it in minutes!
Here's what you'll need:
10” cylinder vase
Colored marbles or decorative stones
Small fishing weights
Clear fishing wire
Fill the vase with colored decorative stones. Add enough marbles to fill the vase about 2-3" from the bottom (enough to support the weight of the rose when added.) For a more elegant look, it's best to use the same color throughout the design for a dominant presence on the tables. However, the colors can also be mixed to match your color scheme.
Trim and insert the rose. After removing the leaves and thorns, cut the stem so that the total length of the flower from the bloom to tip is about 6" tall. Anchor the stems by securing a fishing weight to the bottom of the stem with the fishing wire. This will make sure that the flower remains at the bottom of the vase and doesn't float up when the water is added. Stand the flower in the vase by pressing it securely into the colored marbles. Be sure to bury the fishing weights in the colored marbles so they are not seen.
Add water. Fill the vase with distilled water (do not use tap water, as unsightly bubbles can appear around the flowers when submerged) until it reaches approximately 2" from the rim so that the flower is completely covered. Be sure not to pour water directly over the flower because the weight of the falling water can break the petals or the stem.
Float the candle. Allow the candle to float on top of the water, and light it just before the start of the event. Depending on the size of the container and the size of the candles, you may have room for two candles. But, be sure not to crowd the candles. They should float just above the top of the flower.
Assemble the accessories. To complete the centerpiece, place the filled vase in the center of a mirrored square. Place 2-4 votive candles/holders or wedding favors around the arrangement, and scatter rose petals around the design for an elegant presentation.
Other things you should know:
- If you’re making the designs early, store them in a cool room or refrigerator no more than one day in advance. However, because of the water, it is best to assemble them on site since they can be put together quickly or "prep" them in advance with only a small amount of water for transport.
- Be sure to check the burning time on the floating and votive candles to be sure they will last throughout your event.
- Prepare the roses before inserting them into the design by removing the exterior protective petals (which are sometimes bruised and torn) for a clean look in the arrangement. Depending on their appearance, the discarded petals might can be used to scatter around the design. If not, purchase extra flowers and use the petals from them to be placed on the mirror.