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We’ve all heard of “landscape” as in “all the visible features of an area of countryside or land, often considered in terms of their aesthetic appeal” (yes, we broke out the dictionary for this!). We all recall the powerful impact of standing at a particular site and taking survey of a gorgeous vista. When you are decorating your wedding or event, don’t overlook the importance of one of the key elements of your venue: your tables, and the view that your guests will have of them. The visible appeal you create with this “tablescape,” both from close up, when guests are seated, and from farther back, when guests first enter the room, can provide you with massive visual appeal at your event.

There are a few key elements to remember when creating your own tablescape. Flowers are always a key element so don’t forget to order enough to create your vision. Read on to ensure your success!

Different Heights

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It’s important to vary the heights of your items. Include some tall elements such as candlesticks, lanterns or big vases, and also some lower elements such as votives, mirrors, small bud vases, or pretty napkin rings.

Varied Patterns and Textures

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Choosing textiles, dishes and glassware in varied patterns, colors and textures is another surefire way to add lots of visual impact and interest to any tablescape. Don’t be afraid to mix and match so long as one aspect, such as a key color, is consistent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abundance is Awesome

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Don’t be shy when setting up a tablescape. Adding in lots of interesting or unexpected elements will result in more visual appeal, and will also stimulate conversation between your guests. This woodland tablescape (above) has a lot of unique elements including fruit, wooden stumps with glass votives, taller candlesticks, wooden place settings, miss, bark and many other interesting touches.

Use the Space around the Table

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Don’t overlook the ceiling above the table, or the space surrounding it. Some key decor elements can be layered in to create even more impact over the most “important” tables such as the head table at a wedding, or the buffet table at the event.

Bulk Flowers and Color

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An easier way to create a tablescape with a ton of impact is to buy an assortment of fresh and beautiful bulk flowers. Simply arrange a generous array of blooms around your place settings for instant visual appeal. Choose vivid colors and high contrast with textiles for even more impact!

Bold and Monochromatic

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If you are not as into high contrast, sticking with all one color for your floral accents is another relatively easy way to create a successful tablescape. In the photo above, dishes and linens were kept white, and all flowers yellow. Again, vary the heights of your accent pieces for more visual interest, as was done with these tall and medium-sized pitchers as vases, flowers in the low teacups, plus the loose flowers resting on each place.

Flowers, and more Flowers

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We said it before, but we will say it again– don’t overlook the impact of fresh flowers! Flowers will provide instant color, texture, freshness and beauty to anchor any tablescape. Don’t be afraid to order plenty; if you choose a reputable online vendor you can achieve gorgeous results at a low price.

 

 

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Coming up with your centerpieces is always one of the most important, and sometimes the most difficult, decisions when planning your event. Most of us think of traditional vases for our centerpieces, in various shapes and materials. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your containers! They can be the best way to incorporate a theme and set up some unique table settings that will have your guests talking for months to come.

And what is one of the best sources for inspiration when it comes to creative containers? Your own kitchen! A rummage through your shelves can yield some wonderful ideas for how to create some truly special centerpieces. Once you choose your container, you can find the numbers you will need from online suppliers, through kitchen supply stores, or local shops including your dollar store. Buy fresh bulk flowers to complete your look. Make things even easier by choosing a beautiful ready-made centerpiece from BunchesDirect. Our centerpieces come assembled and ready to be trimmed to whatever height you need for your own container.

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Pretty teapots and stacked plates make for very lovely, and unique, centerpieces! Check out local garage sales, vintage shops or second hand stores for a wonderful budget-friendly selection. This idea would be especially suitable to a bridal shower, a lunch, a tea, or any afternoon event. These pink roses are a lovely complement to the old fashioned charm!

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Cake stands are a perfect way to create a very unique and elegant centerpiece, and an easy way to provide height and interest to any table! They also make for a very easy DIY project. Your selection of blooms is endless, and what you choose can suit the formality and the type of event. Choose traditional flowers like roses, peonies or ranunculus for a more traditional affair or vintage theme. Choose bolder blooms like gerbera daisies or bright carnations for a less formal event.

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Wine glasses are a go-to way to create beautiful centerpieces on a budget! Use them upside down with blooms under the glass, or right side up as lovely footed vases for your favourite blooms. These fresh tulips are the perfect complement! Try martini or margarita glasses for other fun ideas. Stemless wine glasses will also work—just put the head of one bloom in each glass for a very pretty effect.

 

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Galvanized buckets make for great centerpiece containers too. Use this look to create a more informal feel. This would be perfect at a country or beach wedding. Choose flowers like these hydrangeas, snapdragons, roses and alstroemeria for a perfect look!

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Grab your favorite mixing bowl and set up a beautiful centerpiece! Don’t be afraid to mix styles and patterns on your various tables. (This is another great excuse to tour your local garage sales or vintage shops!) These beautiful fresh peonies are the perfect addition to this vintage bowl. Tip: use masking tape to create a grid pattern across the top of the bowl. This will keep your blooms arranged with ease and precision.

If you have the kitchen containers ready to go, but you aren’t sure what to put in them, go with ready-made centerpieces that you can trim to your needs. We’ve collected a few to show you here, but be sure and see all centerpieces at BunchesDirect. Have fun rummaging in your own kitchen—you never know where inspiration can strike!

Champagne Romance BunchesDirect

Scents of Spring BunchesDirect

 

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Keep It Simple. Buying bulk flowers online can save you big bucks, so consider online vendors such as BunchesDirect who can also ensure freshness and quality. Stretch your decorating dollars even more by using only a few blooms per vase or container, and create decorative touches that are beautiful as well as economical.

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For example, a single rose placed on top of a candlestick holder is an unexpected way to create visual impact for less.

Rummage in your grandmother’s cupboards, ask to borrow from friends and family, scour garage and vintage sales, and visit second hand stores for different candlestick holders, or use antique teacups for another creative display option for roses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bigger is Better. Choose blooms that are larger, such as bright and cheery gerbera daisies, and only a few will go a long way.

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These yellow chrysanthemums are very inexpensive, and look wonderful in a series of small and simple vases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Things Down. Water is your budget-saving friend. Submerging or floating a few blooms in water lets you use fewer blooms without sacrificing any style points. Water and flowers are a wonderful combination of elements from nature that will dress your tables beautifully, at low cost.

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Shown here, pink and cream roses with some bear grass create beautiful low-budget centerpieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submerging the blooms entirely is another way to create big style. The water magnifies the shape and color of the flower and stem, essentially increasing their visual impact and interest. Add some floating candles for some additional gleam. Lighting up your submerged flower arrangements provides even more drama.Making your own submerged flower arrangements is quite easy!

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The elegant, trumpet-like shape and vivid color of these orange calla lilies is a perfect choice for this submerged arrangement.

Choosing seasonal flowers is another way to save money as the prices may be lower. Ask your floral consultant for advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consider Baby’s Breath. Baby’s breath, or gypsophilia, is a perfect choice for budget-conscious brides, as well as any bride who values decor that is feminine and romantic. This delicate, airy beauty can be used in so many ways, from aisle decor, centerpieces, event decor, floral crowns, to entire bridal bouquets. A few bunches go a long way due to their size and color, and it is very inexpensive. It’s always a gorgeous choice!

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Check our Pinterest Page to see more amazing ways to use Baby’s Breath at your wedding or event. Consider it for your bridal bouquets for a coordinating look at low prices.

Pure Baby’s Breath Bouquet

You can also save money on your wedding flowers by moving them from ceremony to reception. Check out our blog on How To Re-Use your Wedding Flowers for even more budget saving tips!

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The busy holiday season is right around the corner! Thanksgiving is almost here (in the United States), with Christmas and Hanukkah following shortly after. These holidays provide cherished time to reconnect with family and friends. If you are hosting an event or planning a wedding this season, don’t miss these wonderful ideas on how to dress up your tables. These DIY centerpieces are easy to make and big on “WOW” factor, which is always a perfect combination in our eyes! However you decide to decorate your holiday table, BunchesDirect wishes you the best of health and happiness to those around it, from our home to yours.

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These centerpieces (above) would look amazing at a fall event or a Christmas wedding. Anything clear and pretty will work as your container, such as these brandy snifters. Purchase some beautiful hydrangea and greens from a reputable online flower vendor, to get the best bulk pricing (BunchesDirect has awesome prices and will deliver right to your door!) . Fill glasses with cranberries and water. Add the hydrangea and other assorted greens of your choosing and presto, instant centerpieces!

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Use a gourd or a pumpkin as your “vase” for truly unique, seasonal and eye-catching autumn or Thanksgiving centerpieces. Purchase burgundy chrysanthemums, orange roses, and seeded eucalyptus from a reputable online flower vendor. Clean out the pumpkin, line with plastic. Add a block of oasis foam (trim to fit) and fill with water. Arrange and insert the flowers into the foam for stability and then enjoy all the rave reviews your guests will give you.

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These eye-catching Thanksgiving or autumn centerpieces use a variety of clear vases (raid the cupboard or visit the local Dollar store). Purchase bronze spider chyrsanthemums (BunchesDirect has amazing prices).

Fill the vases with seasonal chestnuts and water, and top with the mums to enjoy these cute table toppers.

 

 

 

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These adorable centerpieces are perfect for any Christmas wedding or event! Roses or red carnations are always a beautiful choice for holiday decorating and are available at great prices.

 

 

 

Red roses, candy canes, and some red ribbon are the perfect way to dress up (and hide) any container you choose. You can also use red and white candies to fill a clear vase (see below.) Beautiful fresh red roses are available by the stem or by the box, from BunchesDirect.

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For Hanukkah Centerpieces, choose blue and white vases, or clear vases filled with blue and white ornaments, candies, or decorative foil paper. Add decorative elements such as stars or dreidels.  Purchase blue and white flowers such as white asiatic lilies, blue hydrangeas, white hydrangeas, blue iris. white roses, white carnations, white football mums, or white gerbera daisies. These will all look beautiful in the container of your choice. You can also select ready-made centerpieces and save yourself some added work!

Beautiful in Blue by Bloomex.ca and BloomexUSA.com

Sweet Heaven by BunchesDirect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays from your team at BunchesDirect!

 

 

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From aminiconcepts.com

 

Looking to the greats can provide inspiration for your own beautiful wedding and event flowers. Their ideas can fuel your imagination and show you what is possible. One of the true greats when it comes to flower designs and installations is definitely Jeff Leatham.

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Jeff is currently the Artistic Director at the swanky Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, and prior to that oversaw the flowers at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. He did the wedding flowers for such celebrity clients as Chelsea Clinton, Eva Longoria, Avril Lavigne, and Tina Turner, as well as doing events for clients such as Oprah Winfrey, the Kardashians, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Celine Dion, Bulgari, Givenchy, Swarovski Crystal, Samsung and Dom Perignon, to name but a small few.

He has written two books about his floral artistry and been featured in a documentary, as well as being awarded a Knighthood in France for his contributions to arts and culture.  Jeff’s work is a combination of his love for flowers and his passion for design, and he has come up with some spectacular concepts.

 

If there is a look you love, don’t be intimidated by the size or the grandeur. Sometimes even a small element or the inspiration is enough to show you what your wedding or event flowers can be. Best of all, buying bulk flowers from a reliable online vendor such as BunchesDirect lets you create your own versions of these over-the-top creations. Here are some great tips you can use yourself!

Jeff Leatham

White on White Mass together white flowers with candles, and you will always end up with a spectacular look! Choose gorgeous flowers such as white calla lilies, white hydrangeas, white roses, stephanotis, or white orchids—all are available at BunchesDirect for bulk pricing. This “white on white” look is timeless and classic, and relatively easy to recreate. Mass together the blooms or keep things scaled back to suit your own budget.

Jeff Leatham design

Creative Arrangements. Source out some creative vases, such as these fishbowl shaped ones with openings on a tilt, and place your blooms right inside. Using a rich color like this royal purple will add to the dramatic effect. Choose blooms such as lavender dendrobium orchids, purple carnations, purple lisianthus, or purple alstroemeria for amazing effect even on a low budget.

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These artfully arranged white calla lilies are simple yet so effective in this tall, narrow rectangular vase. This is easy to reproduce for little cost at your own event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Leatham George V Paris

 

Vivid Color Combinations Give your wedding or event a shot of bold style by putting together beautiful flowers in unexpected colors and textures. If Jeff can do it, you can too! Use his designs to guide you in what “goes” with what. Choose eye-catching blooms such as hot pink roses, orange ranunculus, dark purple call lilies, hot pink carnations or purple cymbidium orchids, paired with green hydrangeas. Your guests are sure to remember these exciting and beautiful combination.

 

 

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Use your Space You can set flowers anywhere, and the more you can afford, the more luxurious the final result. We don’t all have this kind of budget, but don’t be afraid to set bouquets or bulk flowers along a staircase, or create unique hanging displays of bulk flowers in a smaller scale for your own venue.

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 Vary The Height Jeff mixed these beautiful spring colors of pinks and greens, setting them off with candles in chunky glass candlesticks. Create even more visual interest by varying the heights of your centerpieces and candles. Try pink carnations for a beautiful budget-saver, mixed with green hydrangeas.

Jeff Leatham The Power of Flowers

Beautiful Vases If you want to use fewer flowers to save on budget, you can still create a very artistic and memorable display if you choose beautiful vases in vivid colors or interesting shapes.You can always check in with family and friends, or scour vintage shops and estate or garage sales and come up with some lovely finds. This display makes the most of the beautiful crystal embellishments and deep emerald green, as well as the interesting rounded shapes, of these vases, using only a few bunches of white calla lilies and minimal white roses.

 

 

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Even if you are short on time or short on DIY skills (or both), it’s still possible to pull together beautiful centerpieces for your party or event. With an array of gorgeous bulk flowers and some handy tips, your tables can shine (while you can relax!)

We’ve gathered some great inspiration and tips to help you make your flower decorations a snap, for a variety of popular styles.

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Let the container set the tone and choose flowers accordingly. Choose large blooms such as garden roses, hydrangeas and peonies, which look stunning when simply arranged in a vintage serving vessel, such as a soup tureen. You could also use tea pots for the centerpieces, with tea cups for smaller arrangements on smaller table tops or at each guest place. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your choice of container: jelly molds, cake tins and even small ice buckets all make wonderful containers.

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If you need something casual, and extremely simple, simply gather up some oranges, apples, lemons or other fruit. Determine how the fruit will naturally balance, and insert holes. Insert fun flowers that will suit the casual vibe, like chysanthemum or gerbera daisies. Use straws to help support the stems. Arrange on a lovely plate or cake stand and presto—instant wow factor.

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Another fun centerpiece that incorporates fruit is this cute and “zesty” arrangement. Choose yellow alstroemeria (also known as Peruvian lilies) and arrange in a clear container with an assortment of small fruits such as lemons, key limes, or kumquats. The fruit pairs perfectly with the bright blooms, and you can have a gorgeous centerpieces in minutes!

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For another casual take on centerpieces, choose one long, narrow box or packing crate. Purchase some bulk gerbera daisies and add some wheatgrass or other vibrant greens and create one long centerpiece down the middle of the table. Use extra gerberas to set at each place setting, Gerberas are available in bulk at BunchesDirect by the stem, or by the box, in a variety of cheery colors. Perfect for a birthday party, a bridal or baby shower!

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Beautiful red carnations are very budget-friendly, but create amazing impact when placed in a rustic wooden salad bowl. It doesn’t get any easier than this, but what a gorgeous way to spice up your dinner party display.

For more 5 minute centerpiece ideas, visit realsimple.com. Good luck with the party planning! Be sure to share your own great tips and tricks for fast and easy centerpieces.