Silk Hydrangea Centerpieces For Dinner Parties

On February 11, 2011, in Hydrangeas, by lesley

Soft shades of pink, ivory and peach roses are accented with frosted ivy, caspia and delphinium blue hydrangeas.

When I lived in England, I had a couple of wonderful hydrangea bushes in my garden, so all through the summer it was really easy to create a centerpiece from real flowers.

Now I live in Florida, my garden has possibilities – that is to say that so far there’s very little in it other than grass!

Old habits die hard though, so when Christmas came around, I build my centerpiece from three deep burgundy silk hydrangeas I bought from Michaels, the craft chain.

For summer, I was planning something lighter. My dining room has a touch of blue so a blue and white hydrangea arrangement would be the ideal thing, as long as I can find suitably realistic blooms.  If I can’t find the right blue, I may buy white and paint them, as described in a previous post, but I recently say an illustration in a flower magazine where whie hydrangeas were placed in a clear glass vase with blue glass pebbles – another way to color co-ordinate.

Another option is to use a ready made hydrangea wreath and put some large candles in the middle. I did this for a birthday party and it was very effective.  Here’s a suggestion which combines pink and blue to cover all eventualities – a silk wreath from Certain Style Flowers (shown above) which would look amazing in the center of a table – I am so grateful to a  friend who showed me that wreaths could be used in that way.

Silk Hydrangea and nest centerpiece

Set of two centerpieces, large enough for the most demanding table!

One of the best things about hydrangeas is that they have a sort of ‘country house’ feel about them, sophisticated, aristocratic even, but still very comfortable. One result is that they translate easily from formal to fun.

Above you can see a very different example of a hydrangea centerpiece, ideal for an Easter dinner table, elegant, but full of fun, I found it while browsing for some good quality silk hydrangea stems – I love the web, so many unexpected surprises!

I like to decorate for Easter when we have a traditional Greek meal of egg and lemon soup and a large roast leg of lamb with all the trimmings. Easter is the primary Christian festival, so it has never made sense to me that me decorate for Christmas and not for Easter. Sometimes I create a small ‘tree’ with handing Easter eggs, but the nest and hydrangeas will be my choice this year. What will you choose for an Easter tablecenter?

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