Designer Secrets to a Step-by-Step Holiday Centerpiece

We know that with everything going on this time of year that creating a Christmas centerpiece can be a bit daunting, but Birmingham, AL designer Katie Morrow makes it easy with her step-by-step instructions. Holiday flower centerpieces don’t get easier than this classic bouquet. Plus, you can create it now, and with just a little added water, you can make it last until the new year.

She shows how easy it is to select a bowl or vase from around your home to fit the shape of your dining room table. It’s a great way to incorporate an old wedding present or family heirloom that may be sitting in your closet just waiting to be used

carnations, roses and Alstromeria


Next, Katie explains how to properly soak florist’s foam to help keep your arrangement lasting all season. She suggests using clippings from your yard. Some examples include variegated pittosporum, hypericum, seeded eucalyptus, and Carolina sapphire. It’s also a good idea to save the cuttings from the bottom of the Christmas tree to use for holiday decorating.

For the final touch, Katie combined roses, carnations and alstromeria to create the arrangement. These flowers can all be found at the florist section of many grocery stores. She likes to use one flower that’s more elegant and expensive, such as the roses, mixed with other flowers. Using the same color combinations also packs a punch. You could do this same arrangement with other colors such as a combination of reds or corals, depending on the color of your dining room.

To keep the arrangement looking as fresh as possible, it’s important to keep the florists foam wet to feed the flowers. And these step-by-step instructions can lead to a beautiful centerpiece that will be the talk of your holiday gathering.