Flower Arrangements for Parties and Christmas

Whether a party be for two or two hundred . . . flowers heighten the note of gaiety, provide a thrill for the senses, give an added touch of excitement, so that the occasion may be a notable memory.

Clearly, for a party you want flowers to be seen to advantage, but not in danger of being crushed.

In a drawing-room the obvious position of advantage is the chimney-piece. The whole shelf should be cleared and a really effective flower arrangement put there. If it is well done, you may find that nothing more is needed in the room.

In a small room, the value of wall vases comes in. I sometimes hang these so that the vase is in the centre of a very large mirror. In this way, one gets good reflections which add to the effect.

One of the prettiest out-of-the-way decorations can be made by using wide sun-hats suspended on ribbons. The hat must be firmly secured, otherwise the water, which is contained in a tin in the crown of the hat, would spill. The flowers are arranged so as to flow out from the sides of the hat. Well carried out, the whole effect is light and gay; it is economical too.

Simple and effective, too, are hanging baskets of cow parsley. For this, fit a basket with cake-tins of water, as this wild flower is a thirsty subject. Pick it two days before the party, put it straight into deep warm water and then, stem by stem, remove almost all the leaves.


It is best to have low arrangements of flowers on the table. One of my favourites is an oval garland of old roses laid round the centre of the table. The roses are picked on short stems early in the day and put in bowls of water in a cool place. Shortly before dinner they are taken out, dried, and laid on a thick oval garland on the cloth. You may protect the cloth with strips of wax paper, if you wish.


You might like to try a table arrangement that, once made, can be put by and used from year to year.

A piece of tarlatan or organdie covers the centre of the table. In the middle are two big posies of holly and mistletoe, which are surrounded first with circles of stiff muslin, and then with a paper posy frill. This frill can easily be contrived with silver doilies. The candles are fixed in little patty-pans with cement and obscured by leaves and berries.

The oval garland is of holly leaves, cut out of ribbon which is stiffened by being brushed over at the back with a thin solution of gum arabic. The leaves are cut in two pieces. By fixing the halves slightly apart, they appear to have a central vein, which is, of course, the white tarlatan appearing through the gap. The berries, made out of stiffened red satin ribbon, are punched out with a leather punch.

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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