Fabulous, Fresh and Festive Tablescapes

Holiday arrangements for every taste, style and occasion

Setting a table with fine china and silverware looks nice, but if you really want to make it extra special, add some flowers. Whether in a clear vase, a ceramic or wooden container, or even some pretty glasses, arrangements of colors, fragrances and other whimsical materials will complete the entire look.

“Flowers always dress up a table and also create this freshness, this wonderful smell,” says floral designer and owner of Sahola Flower Fashion Boutique, Olga Sahraoui. “There are many varieties of flowers that can be used to create interesting designs. Don't be afraid to experiment.”

For dining, it’s always good to go with a low centerpiece, she explains, so people can interact. Depending on the shape of the table, you can use a rectangular, square or round container or smaller, separate containers and fill them with seasonal flowers. These containers can be items you already have in your home such as ceramic mugs, silver bowls or wooden boxes.

If you would rather do a high-scale arrangement, make sure you’re using a transparent container so guests can see each other and comfortably converse. 

For the holidays, Sahola will have various arrangements available that will fit any personality, taste, and occasion. For an elegant and modern look, Olga is using white roses and white tulips, plus silver ornaments to give it some sparkle, and a touch of holiday greens. These are all arranged in a simple, yet elegant, white ceramic base.

“This is a very luxurious arrangement for those who want to dress up the table to really make it very special for the holidays,” she says. “It has a lot of richness and is perfect for a more formal occasion.”

Another one of her holiday creations uses more traditional colors of reds and greens with berries and moss added in. “This would be for a more casual setting, so I'm using a wooden container. There are red roses, pinecones, ornaments, and some Christmas greenery.” It’s very nature inspired with a lot of texture and is perfect for more intimate settings with family and friends.

For a totally different look, Olga is pairing three silver cups filled with Christmas greens, red ornaments and red and white flowers. “This setting would be for someone who wants to catch up with friends in the afternoon. It’s less formal and creates a relaxing mood.”

It’s easy to incorporate different colors with floral arrangements, cloth napkins, plates and other tableware to change things up and have completely different dining looks for every occasion. To really get the hang of making your own incredible settings, take a flower arranging class. Olga hopes to schedule some in the near future. 

For more, go to saholaflowers.com.

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