Welcome to my first Floral Atmospheres’ Blog. My goal is to use this tool to provide brides, planners and guests with helpful hints and inspiration for a perfect event. This November blog finds us at the end of the year which is usually filled with various events spent with family and friends.
Are you decorating for the holidays? If so, you may want to consider something a little different than a traditional centerpiece. I recently used Manzanita trees for the “Creeps for Critters” fundraiser to benefit Second Chance Dog Rescue, San Diego. Aside from the natural beauty of a Manzanita tree, these centerpieces offer durability which in turn allows you the option to use them again and again no matter what the occasion.
Consider using one of these trees as your Thanksgiving centerpiece. You can achieve your fall look by using dried fall leaves or fresh seasonal flowers. As you can see from the photo, I wired flower balls on the lower branches for a big splash of color and then used smaller individual flowers on some of the top branches to tie in additional colors. I also hung votives from the stronger branches which created an elegant dinner setting (be careful not to get the votive flame too close to the stems or consider using flameless votives.) Hanging crystals can be added for additional dimension.
Another great idea is to create a family tree using 3” x 5” family photos hanging from various branches.
Manzanita branches are available in their natural deep red color or sandblasted which results in a bone color. You can also spray paint the branches any color you choose.
Consider the sandblasted branches for your holiday card tree or for you next baby or bridal shower.
Brides to be, consider using a Manzanita tree as guest card holder or wishing tree at your reception.
You can order your tree in any color and container combination. I can provide you with the finished tree to decorate yourself or I also offer decorating services to compliment any occasion. Most trees stand 31/2 to 4ft tall when finished. Because of the height and open nature of the branch structure you will have very little obstruction if using for a centerpiece.
Check back next month when I discuss interesting holiday and wedding wreath centerpieces.