At Afloral, we are always on the look out for new and exciting ways to decorate with fake flowers. When the amazing people at Spoonflower sent us a colorful custom table runner made in Lightweight Cotton Twill, we knew we had all the inspiration we needed to make something great!
Materials: We chose flowers that complimented the colorful pattern designed by Emma Allard Smith on our table runner: pink poppies, blue & green succulents, coral pink dahlias, fuchsia helleborus and ranunculus, pink & blue peonies, and thistle. You will also need a gold vase, floral foam, wire cutters, and a knife.
Step 1: Start by cutting the floral foam to fit the vase using a knife.
Step 2: Push the floral foam into the opening of the vase. If the foam does not fit snuggly you can add a small dab of hot glue to secure it to the bottom of the vase.
Step 3: Trim the excess stem and greenery from the flowers using wire cutters. The length of stem you remove is determined by the depth of the vase and how tall you would like the centerpiece to be. We kept approximately 10"-12" of stem. Save the remainder of the stem for later.
Step 4: Begin arranging the flowers in the vase. Start by pushing the first flower into the foam.
Step 5: To create an organic shape, slightly bend the wire stems of the flowers and arrange them over the sides of the vase, just like they are reaching for light!
Step 6: Continue adding flowers. Use larger flower heads (like peonies!) in the middle of the centerpiece and fill in the arrangement.
Step 7: Include uniquely shaped stems between the flowers to add texture and depth. We used a variety of colorful accent flowers like thistle to break up stems of similar color. If the stems on the succulents are not long enough, attach the succulent stem to one of the discarded flower stems using floral tape. You can then easily add it to your centerpiece.
Step 8: Finish your floral arrangement by filling in any gaps with flower buds, smaller flower heads, and/or any extra greenery.
Setting The Table
But wait, there's more... We couldn't stop there! Once our centerpiece was made we just HAD to see what it would look like with the gorgeous table runner.
Gather your table decor. We knew we wanted the colorful table runner and silk flower centerpiece to be the stars, so we pulled together decorative accents and place settings that would compliment them. To get this look you will need gold votive holders & candles, mini succulents, 2 colorful glass bowls, artificial lemons, 4 colorful glass goblets, 4 napkins, as well as plates & flatware.
Step 1: Lay the table runner down the center of the table.
Step 2: Fold the napkins lengthwise into rectangles. Lay them on the table, at each seat, so that several inches of the napkin hangs off of the table.
Step 3: Place the plates on the napkins.
Step 4: Set each place with glasses and silverware.
Step 5: Place the silk flower arrangement in the center of the table runner.
Step 6: Add decorative accents down the table runner. We used colorful bowls of fruit and tealights in mercury glass votives.
Step 7: To finish, trim the ends off of mini artificial echeveria and arrange them on each plate. Don't they look adorable?! You can even use these succulents to hold up a decorative place card.
Easy right?! Now, all that is left is to sit back to enjoy your gorgeous tablescape!