While many people live in areas of the country that never experience colder weather and snow, for some unexplained reason, it sees more people enjoy the thoughts of having a white Christmas than having snow at any other time of year. Maybe it’s the songs and images we see and hear through music, movies and television that make us think snow for the holidays.
It is easy to create that Winter Wonderland effect no matter if Mother Nature is cooperating or not simply by choosing the right components to create your Winter Masterpiece. Start by visiting the Florabundance website to examine all the fantastic selections available in whites, creams and ivories. While a true winter effect stays more on the pure white selection, an elegant look is achieved when you give the floral styling dimension by adding the rich elegant dimension of color depth with creams and ivory tones blended together. This variation in color adds depth and visual interest to the arrangement.
Once your pallet of achromatic components have been chosen, it is time to assemble the flowers and foliage’s together for your desired effect. Winter can be full of beauty and elegance or can be the complete opposite and be whimsical and fun. The effect will be influenced by both the components and the styling. For instance, a traditional footed compote based with evergreens, seeded eucalyptus, and holly sets the mood for style and sophistication. An easy compliment to this base is to use a few white Amaryllis zoned high above the foliage will provide dramatic impact to an elegant environment. Keep in mind when using hollow stemmed flowers such as Amaryllis, it is best to add an internal support to keep the heavy headed flowers upright longer. River Cane with a damp piece of cotton inserted through the stem works great and allows for easy insertion into the floral foam. When arranging softer stemmed flowers in floral foam, take your knife and X score the foam about an inch deep to allow for easier insertion of the stem into the floral foam. The X will take away the tension when inserting the stem. If Amaryllis are not the flower of choice, consider using mass Paper Whites. Again, these flowers too need stem support, but instead of River Cane, insert a chenille stem into the hollow stem of the Paper White. Leave about an inch exposed to allow for easy insertion into the floral foam. The chenille stem will also help wick the water into the stem to ensure enhanced longevity. Top dress the evergreens with artificial snow for a more winter effect, Iridescent glitter on top of the ‘snow’ will give more winter’s morning ambiance.
Another easy Winter Wonderland centerpiece is to use foam spheres cover in white flowers. Button chrysanthemums, miniature carnations or standard sized carnations are excellent choices to make ‘snowballs’ to arrange as a centerpiece. You can show them casually combined with snow men for a cute whimsical look as a centerpiece arranged in a clear tray or placed on a runner of clear food wrap to protect the table surface. Add in some artificial snow made from Styrofoam, a few fun snowmen or whimsical penguins and viola`, you have a winter snow scene to be enjoyed by both young and old alike. For a more elegant look, take the same base set up but replace the snowmen with crystal candlesticks, votive candles and crystal snowflakes for an elegant presentation. Elevate some of the snowballs on clear extenders, cut out a hole in each of the snowballs big enough to set a votive cup in or for a battery votive for even more drama. The possibilities are endless!
Winter’s Wonderland can be a theme to be enjoyed before and after Christmas. The elegant white serves as a blank canvas to allow other dramatic colors such as lime green and/or hot pink to be added for the perfect New Year’s decoration. Post all the snowball possibilities on your web site and consider imbedding a short how to video to enhance your site and also be seen on You-Tube! The more your clients understand the usage of the product, the more value is given to it.