This time of year we tend to entertain at home a bit more, and with the holidays approaching, too, we thought we’d share an easy floral arrangement that can translate to your dining table, buffet, side board or mantel. We enlisted the help of Alan Townsend, floral designer at Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market, who shows us how to create a stunning fall arrangement that is really quite simple to pull together.
First, we selected an assortment of fall-hued flowers. The arrangements shown here are made up of mango calla lilies, magenta celosia, purple Mexican salvia, craspedia, burgundy hypericum berry, broom corn, orange safflower, purple lisianthus, sedum and birch branches.
At Dorothy McDaniel’s, you can chose from a wide variety of containers or bring your own to use at their do-it-yourself station. I chose to use three Triple Bottle Vases ($22.99/each) to create three complementary arrangements that could be grouped together or used separately. Upon completion, my arrangements cost $42.99 each (which includes the cost of the Triple Bottle Vase).
Alan advises to start by filing each vase 3/4 full with treated water (*see below for their DIY plant food recipe). Cut each flower stem down to size to be in proportion with the container you are using. Cut on the diagonal to allow the flower to absorb more water and remove lower leaves to ensure there are none in the water, as these will rot quickly.
Top heavy flowers need to be anchored by the other flowers to keep them in place.
Using differing heights of flowers in your arrangement creates visual interest.
No two bud vases are alike in our arrangement, but each vase complements the others so the end result is dramatic and beautiful.
After watching Alan effortlessly throw these fabulous arrangements together, I decided to step in and try my hand at it.
For the third arrangement, we went with more neutral hues and natural birch branches.
With three arrangements complete, Alan demonstrates how these can be put together to accommodate various table sizes and entertaining arrangements.
Feeling inspired? The folks at Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market are always on hand to help you create a beautiful arrangement or, if you prefer, they will gladly do it for you!
This month they are also hosting a DIY class featuring a dried floral wreath, perfect to hang on your front door this fall. For more information, click here.
*Plant Food Recipe:
Keep your cut flowers lasting a little longer using this easy-to-make flower food.
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon bleach
Mix together and add to your vase filled with water.