One of the easiest ways to make a table centre is by purchasing an Oasis wreath – they can be used hung up or, as in this case, flat on a surface. Give it a good soak and allow the water to settle – it needs to be nice and wet without water splodging everywhere. Dry the base really carefully.
Choose a candle holder to go in the centre, this can be a hurricane lamp style – or just a large candle on a flat base. In this case it’s a pretty, chunky, glass candle lantern. I keep a look out for useful nonsense like this all year round. Richard says it is hoarding, I think not! It is useful preparation for future arrangements.
Take your soaked Oasis ring and fill it about two thirds full with sprigs of foliage. This can be bought foliage from a florist but by far the best is to use something from either your garden or a prolific bush in the countryside that you won’t damage by a tiny bit of judicious pruning. There are always friends’ and neighbours’ gardens too!
Having placed the foliage, now add something pretty and frilly or frothy – a few stems all the way round to add lightness and daintiness. Finally add in your collection of flowers. As it’s a relatively flat arrangement they don’t need to be very long. I have chosen a selection of pretty autumn colours and filled the lantern with copper waste and a big fat candle.
This can be quick and easy to create and you can use all sorts of bits and pieces from the garden.