Friday, August 7, 2009

Using Fresh Fruits in Floral Arrangements

Fresh fruit is becoming more and more popular in floral centerpieces. It is a cheap and easy way to add originality and color to any type of floral arrangement. All you need to know is a few simple and easy tricks to wow your guests with your centerpieces.

1.Decide what fruits will go best with the colors scheme you will be using for the flowers.

2.Select a container that will allow the fruits to be showcased. A clear vase will allow the fruits to show through the glass where as a decorative bowl will only allow the fruits to show where there is breaks in the decoration. Obviously it’s up to you to decide what will be best for your setting and arrangement.

3.Know the exact dimensions and volume of your vases and containers so you will have an idea of how much fruit to buy so it will fill the vase according to your liking. You will want extra fruit incase anything happens.

4.Stick to fruits that are cheap or can be bought in bulk – like grapes, oranges, apples, etc. Certain fruits like mangos or kiwi might catch your eye but they are usually more expensive. If that’s the case and there is something interesting that you think will enhance your color scheme, buy just one or two to use as accents with the other fruits.

5.Leaves and greenery from the fruits or outside your home are great ways to fill the space and gaps in between the fruits. Make sure the leaves are clean, dry and not dead and somewhat go with your arrangement.

6.Place a small pad or small folded towel in the bottom of your container to protect delicate fruit. If the container is clear, be sure to camouflage the pad with leaves. The pad would also be a good way to keep the fruit from moving around in the vase if there is extra room at the bottom. (This is not always necessary).

7.Carefully arrange the fruits in the container. Save the best looking pieces for the top where they'll show the most. If your flowers are going to have long stems make sure you arrange the fruit in a way that the stems will slide in. Short stems will obviously work better in a vase filled with fruits.

8.If possible store the arrangements in a fridge or cool area where they will be kept fresh. If they are going to be stored for more than a day or two make sure you are checking the fruits for any that may be rotting. Replace the rotting fruit as necessary.

9.Enjoy your arrangement!!

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