Table Arrangements

Table arrangements can range from a simple bud vase on a bedroom nightstand to large buffet designs. As discussed here, they will be regarded as the moderately sized and moderately priced arrangements commonly used on dinner tables, coffee tables, or end tables.

As with corsages, the florist needs to get answers to some questions before designing a table arrangement.

• What is the purpose of the arrangement? A dinner table centerpiece must be kept low to permit guests to see over it. Other functions may permit a stronger vertical line to the design.

• Will it be visible from all sides? One-sided arrangements require fewer flowers and are suitable if the arrangement is to be placed against a wall. However, dinner and coffee table arrangements must be designed for viewing from all sides.

• What colors predominate on the table or in the room? The colors of the arrangement should complement the decor, not compete or clash with it.

• Is there a theme to the occasion? This is especially important if the arrangement is for a party or holiday event.

• How long is the arrangement to last? While reputable florists always use fresh flowers, certain species have a longer lifespan than others.

Weekend house guests need to be celebrated with a more durable arrangement than would a five-hour dinner party.

• Does the client have a preference for colors, flowers, or styles?

Before beginning the assembly of table arrangements, you should

refresh your memory about the container types, forms of arrangement

materials, patterns, and basic lines of floral arrangements. Then assem­bly can begin.