HOLIDAY distinction

Special touches take these eight seasonal arrangements to a higher level with minimal labor.

Designs by Talmage McLaurin, AIFD

The retail experience is an integral part of the holiday season for many people, so it is important to offer your customers unexpected looks in floral designs. Although these fresh arrangements would still be attractive without their special touches, they also would be ordinary, and consumers can get ordinary anywhere. Dazzle your customers with these designs featuring easy-to-create upgrades that transform the arrangements into signature specials.

snow cones
     Coatings of white candle wax add a look of wintry realism to the pine cones nestled within this seasonal arrangement, as if the cones were gathered from ground blanketed in newly fallen snow. Teal-blue millimeter balls add holiday appeal while lending shimmery touches to the frosty cool color palette.

Eryngium, dusty miller, pine cones and candle wax from favorite suppliers; bowl from FTD Group; Bauble Picks from Accent Décor.

frosted nest
     According to legend, finding a bird’s nest within a Christmas tree is considered good luck. This arrangement, featuring a “snow”-covered nest surrounded by wintry juniper and dusty miller, offers a tabletop delight. The nest, which is drizzled with white candle wax, provides a natural focal point that is balanced by pairs of glimmering ornaments and silver pillar candles.

MATERIALS: juniper from The Hiawatha Corporation; dusty miller and candle wax from favorite suppliers; pine straw nest from Knud Nielsen Company; eggs from Melrose International; Dark Titanium Zinc Bowl and 5-inch Silver-Stud Pearl Berry Balls from Jamali Floral & Garden Supplies; Patrician® pillar candles from Candle Artisans.

frosted snow
Melt candle wax in a hot-melt glue pan at a low temperature, and carefully drizzle the wax over the nest and pine cones with a spoon.

... To view 6 more designs from this article, look to the November 2009 issue of Florists' Review.

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