While some of the more conservative floral
arrangers believe that certain conventions must be
followed when designing flower arrangements,
the latest inclination is to be much more laid-back
and imaginative. Don’t limit yourself to glass vases
or clumps of daisies; look at your surroundings
with new eyes.
The point of the arrangement is to offer a clue
to the event. Is the occasion formal, themed or a
buffet? A well-thought-out centerpiece will answer
this question and many more. In essence, your
arrangement becomes a feast for the eyes.
By Pat Volchok, Editorial Director
Vegetable and Fruit Containers
• All sorts of containers can be made using
different combinations of fruits and vegetables.
For a single event, most kinds
of produce can be used, but
if you are seeking longevity,
choose varieties that can
survive out of the refrigerator
or that have a thick skin.
• Artichokes: Use pliers to pull
out the center leaves and
thistles of an artichoke. Insert
a small, empty can; add water
and diminutive, whimsical
flowers. ( These artichoke
containers are also the perfect
size for votive candleholders.
For a more elaborate presentation, hollow out
8 to 10 artichokes and use some for flowers and
others for candles.)
• Peppers: Clean out peppers
like jack-o’-lanterns, wrap
in wet paper towels, and
refrigerate until ready to be
used as bright vases. To fill,
hold each pepper over the
sink and add water. Check for
leaks before adding grower’s
bunches of flowers or herbs.