No Christmas displays are ever quite complete without a spray of festive flowers. Top florists, McQueens, know how important flowers are to our Christmas tables so have given us the lowdown for creating the ultimate flower-filled setting. See their top tips for festive floral table arrangements…
To say we’re keen purveyors of Christmas decor at McQueens is an understatement. Our preparations begin months before the big day, planning spectacular installations at some of the city’s most prestigious restaurants and hotels. Meanwhile, over at McQueens Flower School, we’re getting ready to welcome students on to our festive programme. We love the power that flowers and foliage have to transform a space and we’re delighted to share some of our favorite tricks for a tip-top yuletide table setting with you.
Stick to the Seasons
Show off your floral nous and embrace winter flowers. Bundles of delicate papery ranunculus and anemones in snow white will add elegance to your soirée, and these beauties are at their very best in the winter. Other impactful favorites include statuesque amaryllis (which are available in a very festive red) and gorgeous white hellebores (also known as Christmas roses).
Grow Your Own
It’s amazing the treasures you might find when foraging in your garden or out in the countryside. While there might not be too much in the way of blooms, don’t overlook the power of boughs and branches. Ivy and fir will also look fabulous strewn down the length of your table, artfully offset by candlelight.
If you don’t have a garden to rummage around, you could look to your window box – herb bundles make lovely place settings, especially the more woody types such as rosemary and bay. Add a handwritten label to make your Christmas place settings look picture perfect.
We keenly extol the importance of candlelight in a table setting. Do not underestimate how this simple trick can transform a scene into something truly special. Whether you favor the on-trend beeswax candles or the more traditional church variety, lighting candles will create instant atmosphere.
Cut and Dried
If you’re the proud owner of autumn’s stunning hydrangeas, don’t throw them out! Catch them before they start to wilt, and whip them out of the water. Then tie the stems together with a piece of string, and hang them upside down in a cool, dark space (an airing cupboard is ideal). Once dried, these wonderful heads look stunning as single stems in bud vases. Other varieties which are seeing a huge rise in popularity are colorful straw flowers and baby’s breath which can be sprayed with seasonal tones – silver, copper or gold – to look a little bit glitzy.
We can’t get enough of this current trend in floral design. Thanks to the deep ornate color palette, it’s the perfect look to embrace for Christmas. Begin with large chrysanthemums and double-petaled tulips in rich tones, displayed against a brushed gold vessel. Set it all off against cascading jewel-toned fabrics, adorned with fruit – pomegranates, satsumas, bunches of grapes – and it wouldn’t look out of place in the National Gallery.
Create dazzling festive decor with McQueens Christmas Classes.