How To Create A Soup Tureen Christmas Centerpiece. It’s that wonderful time of the year when we start planning our holiday decorating and I’m so ready. In this post I’ll show you how to arrange fresh flowers, and seasonal greenery using a vintage soup tureen for a festive Christmas centerpiece.
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I’m so happy to be joining a special Christmas Centerpiece Tour today. This two day event is hosted by, Crissy of First Day of Home, Julie of My Wee Abode, Yvonne of Stone Gable and Suzy of Worthing Court.
We have ten bloggers sharing the merriest centerpiece ideas. Take it from me these ladies know how to decorate and create beautiful holiday arrangements! I know you’ll be inspired just as much as I am.
If you’re popping in after visiting The Tatter Pew, welcome to Thistle Key Lane. I love how Kelly incorporated a nativity scene into her centerpiece. What a lovely way to focus on the holiday season.
How To Create A Soup Tureen Christmas Centerpiece
The first thing I think of when creating a Christmas centerpiece is pretty flowers. In fact I look for any excuse to buy flowers, any time I’m lucky enough to join a blog hop or tour.
For my Christmas centerpiece vessel I chose a vintage French soup tureen with a pretty apple and leaf lid. If you don’t have a soup tureen no worries, you can use any pretty bowl you happen to have on hand. If you pick a vintage bowl make sure that it is water safe and holds water without leaking.
It’s kind of funny that I never know what kind of flowers I’m going to buy, until I’m actually in the grocery store floral department. Sometimes it’s a hit or miss, so I look for healthy fresh stems and go from there. The overall theme for this arrangement is sweet shades of pink with a whole lot of green.
For the greenery I’m using silver dollar eucalyptus, cotinus, and holly clippings from our backyard. Florals include green mums, dark pink dianthus, pink alstroemeria and pink hypericum. Below is a list of supplies you may need for flower arranging.
- bowl or soup tureen
- variety of flowers and greenery
- floral netting or chicken wire
- floral tape
- garden scissors or clippers
Creating Your Arrangement
First create a round ball like shape with your floral chicken wire or netting that will fit inside your bowl. Mine looks a little bit more square than round, but it works fine. Secure the chicken wire in your bowl by crisscrossing strips of floral tape over the wire. Then fill the bowl with water.
To create your arrangement start with the greenery. I’m using 4 or 5 eucalyptus stems around the rim of the bowl, then 4 stems of the cotinus leaning in different directions. This dark greenish purple leaf adds a nice contrast to the eucalyptus and also makes a good filler.
Now we can start adding color. Depending on the flower, I remove most of their leaves, especially the leaves that will be below the water line. I like to arrange 2 or 3 stems of the same flower together in little groupings. In this case I’m adding the pink alstroemeria first, then the green mums.
Next I’m adding the dianthus, again grouping stems together, and single stems of hypericum where I need color or interest.
To give the arrangement a more seasonal and Christmas feel, I’m adding two types of holly. One is from the tall hedge in our backyard and the other I
stole clipped from my daughter’s yard.
I’m placing holly stems in the center and around the edge as accents. Our holly berries will not be turn red until late December or January, but I think the green ones are pretty too.
I love mixing in pine and spruce clipping with flowers. As we get closer to Christmas, look for pine and spruce bundles in your grocery store floral department. Of course you can mix flowers with faux greenery as well.
Most of my arrangements look the same with a dome shape. It’s is an easy shape to create, and allows everyone sitting at the table to see over the arrangement. After all, you don’t want anything to interrupt your lively conversations and exaggerated storytelling.
Styling Your Christmas Centerpiece
When I found this French soup tureen at a local antique mall, I fell in love with it’s simple shape, and the apple for a knob on the lid. To me, that’s too cute to go to waste, so that’s why I’m incorporating the lid into the arrangement.
The oval white platter is a large enough to accommodate the bowl with the lid resting on the side. A couple of deer sheds fill the space under the lid. The space could be left empty, but I like the masculine touch the antlers bring to the arrangement.
The table is simply set for a casual brunch or dinner. Plaid napkins and white dishes on dark brown twig chargers feels extra cozy to me. The silverware is tied with a plaid ribbon, which makes setting the table quick and easy. With everything ready to go, I’m thinking it’s time for a pitcher of mimosas. What do you think?
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Now I’m going to send you over to Yvonne of StoneGable to see her gorgeous dough bowl arrangement. If you’re looking for an elegant table you’ll be inspired by hers, plus Yvonne’s step by step guide makes it so easy!
Thank you so much for stopping by today. We have five more bloggers joining us tomorrow with their creative centerpieces. You will find all the links for everyone participating in our two day tour below. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!
Our Christmas Centerpiece Blog Hop Continues…
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