We usually try to schedule two holiday dinners on consecutive nights. It’s easier to mobilize everything, it saves on food costs to some degree, and flowers are used for at least two events. This was this year’s fairly massive floral arrangement that was placed in the middle of our living and dining area for the holiday dinners. An early morning trip to Dimasalang (the wholesale flower market) on a Thursday initially yielded a rather disappointing first impression, there just wasn’t that much to choose from it seemed, and the quality of many blooms was not the finest. After walking up and down the street twice, I finally decided to try to anchor an arrangement on ornamental cabbages, some hydrangeas, and lots of other “fillers”…
I always think I don’t have enough material to work with, so I get more, and well, sometimes you can overdo it. :) I liked the outcome for the most part, but I did vacillate between describing it as a “bad hair day” arrangement and a “large 360 degree holiday show-stopper”. Guests seemed to like it, but perhaps they were just being polite. :)
There are lots of green and flowers in the arrangement that I do NOT know the names of. But it did have cabbages, hydrangeas, small green mums, snapdragons, carnations, funky light green foliage, queen anne’s lace, etc.
I used a large fruit stand as the base, and put four bricks of floral foam into which the stems were stuck. The ornamental cabbages had very short stems, so they were kind of buried by all the other stuff…
Another view of the arrangement, with the Christmas tree in the background.
The arrangement lasted 2-3 days before it started to look a bit tired, so I cannibalized it to make three smaller arrangements, extending the life of some blooms and getting the most out of the flowers and greens.
Approximate cost of the large arrangement was roughly PHP2,500 or $62, and it took roughly an hour to do (plus time to go to the wholesale market). Far, far less cost than if you ordered it from a fancy or not so fancy florist. Yes, it is a bit extravagant, but considering that it played a part in holiday dinners for say 30 guests on two different nights, I think it was well worth the money and the effort.