A few weeks ago, I hosted a Valentine's day themed dinner party. This Hallmark holiday, happens to be one of my favorites, given that in revolves around pink and red as it's signature colors and roses as the flower of choice! Below, are photos of a two centerpieces I made for the evening. I was inspired by an article published in the Winter 2013 edition of Flower Magazine. The article called for one block of Oasis Raquette. Being the novice that I am, I did not realize there was a difference between that and generic green floral foam. The Oasis Raquette is a piece of floral foam that is covered with a thin plastic layer. I improvised by covering my floral foam in Saran Wrap (I also added a layer of foil at the bottom to protect my dining room table). Luckily, it seemed to work just fine. I then poked the flowers straight into the plastic covered floral foam (it helped to make tiny slits in the plastic first with a floral knife).
To add a little sparkle to my arrangement, I purchased a bunch of seed pods from Michael's and covered them in pink Martha Stewart glitter to match. Following the suggestions from the Flower article, I also included a few feathers in my arrangements.
During this project, I also became a bit of a convert. For years, I have shunned the carnation, deeming it a cheap and ugly flower. However, I found for this particular project that the carnation served as lovely texture and a nice filler flower to create a full and lush centerpiece. I was very pleased with how these turned out, they added a lot to my overall table presentation!