Seasons aglow

Six inspired holiday centerpieces with ambient appeal.
Designs by Talmage McLaurin, AIFD

     These designs offer inspiration for combining flowers with four types of candles—votives, pillars, floating candles and jar candles. Using candles with flowers can present both safety and design challenges.

haute holly

     Traditional in their holiday hues, these stylish designs create a contemporary composite display when placed closely together. The rich velvety colors of the crimson flowers and vivid verdant fir match those of the gilded holly-patterned containers, and the sheen of the red metallic pillar candles is repeated in the containers as well.

Materials: ‘Tinto’ roses, amaryllises and Astilbe from Transflora; fir from The Hiawatha Corporation; Holly Vases with Beads from burton + BURTON; Patrician® Brand Pillar Candles from Candle Artisans; Oasis® Floral Foam from Oasis® Floral Products; wood picks from W.J. Cowee.


how to:
Drill three evenly spaced holes into the bottom of each pillar candle, and insert wood picks into the holes. Secure each candle atop a foam-filled vase.

Because of the potential hazards of combining flammable materials, especially greenery and dried botanicals, with lit candles, remind your customers that they should never leave burning candles unattended, and instruct them to always keep water reservoirs full so the floral materials are less likely to dry out. (Click here to print copies of our handy consumer tag.)

... To view 5 more designs, look to the October 2010 issue of Florists' Review.

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