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Floral Inspiration for Your Holiday Events

Flowers are often viewed as a sign of spring, but clearly that doesn’t mean they’re reserved only for that season. “Even if you’re in Antarctica in the dead of winter, we can create something beautiful for you,” said Vito Russo, Vice President and Creative Director for Carl Alan, one of the Philadelphia region’s leading floral design firms, now celebrating its 100th year in business. Russo offers the following tips for incorporating floral design into your upcoming holiday party.

A centerpiece incorporating holly. Photo courtesy of the florist

Seasonal: There are certain flowers traditionally associated with decorating for Christmas. Filling vases or baskets with evergreens, mistletoe, poinsettia, and holly can automatically make a room feel more festive. Opt for red and white blooms to keep the mood merry.

Tree trimming: Turn the traditional tinsel up a notch by decorating a holiday tree with flowers. It doesn’t matter if you place them in bunches or individually, just leave the stems long so you can easily stick them between the tree’s branches.

Photo courtesy of the florist

Make the meal a masterpiece: Surprise your guests by turning their food and drinks into canvases. Line plates with petals or float hibiscus flowers in glasses.

Add candy: Cover vases or baskets with candy canes or another seasonal sweet. Be sure to attach the treats loosely enough that guests can take them home at the end of your event.

Photo courtesy Asya Photography;

Combine with light: Winter solstice holidays are often celebrated with lights and/or have a symbolic meaning associated with light. That makes it a perfect opportunity to include candles in your centerpieces. The light from the votives will envelop everything in a warm glow.

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