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Monday, February 13, 2012

A Rose By Any Other Name Centerpiece

We currently have a delightful houseguest staying at Décor To Adore manor. I wanted to combine celebrating her birthday and Valentine’s day with one lovely tablescape. An ombre colored rose confection for the centerpiece came to mind.

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I purchased 3 dozen roses at Fresh and Easy. They were marked down to $5 each. (Woo hoo!) I also bought a big slab of florist oasis at Hobby Lobby with a coupon. It must be oasis, not green styrofoam.

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A pattern was made with a large plate onto the oasis and the piece was quickly cut out with a serrated edged knife.

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I cut two more smaller circles and then held all the pieces in place with two bamboo skewers. After the picture was taken the skewers were cut down to be level with the oasis.

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Long ago I worked in a friend’s flower shop for three days before Valentine’s day. Here is what I learned about preparing roses. Fill a sink or large bucket with cool water. Select a good pair of garden or kitchen shears. Cut the stem at an angle UNDER water. Roses which are not cut in this manner will suffer from heads that will droop over in a day or two.

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I placed the oasis on a crystal plate and began poking holes in the floral foam then easing the roses into the spot. Each layer of foam received a different colored rose.

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Once the basic shape is created fill in the the bare spots with additional buds.

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The sides of the very bottom layer were covered in a piece of red velvet ribbon.

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Oh it’s just gorgeous! Like a floral birthday cake!

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The scent too is just heavenly.

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Happy hearts!



Susan said...

This is so pretty! What a wonderful center piece.

Nancy's Notes said...

Laura, your roses are just exquisite! What a clever way to arrange them, that is just beautiful!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! And such a great price on those roses!!

Auntie Em said...

Mmmmm...I can almost smell them from here! What a beautiful centerpiece :)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

how beautiful and such a wonderful idea!

Karena said...

Beautifully done Laura, thank you again for my Valentines surprise!

Art by Karena

laxsupermom said...

How beautiful! What luck to find the roses marked down! Usually they're prices are sky high around Valentine's Day. Love the arrangement! Thanks for sharing.

Jill Elaine said...

Lovely! absolutely lovely! I want you to make me one!!!

Kelly_Deal said...

Beautiful roses Laura!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Very pretty, Laura. Your guest will feel special and welcome!

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The Boston Lady said...

Lucky,lucky houseguest! Ann

Craftymoose Crafts said...

That is gorgeous! Roses are probably my favorite flower.

Ivy Clad said...

Your arrangement is beautiful!


Leigh Powell Hines said...

Beautiful colors. Happy Valentine's Day.

French said...

Looks Beautiful, and a very happy day to the Birthday Girl!!

Bettyann said...

lovely...I can smell them from here lol

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

A beautiful display. Thank you for giving us the instructions. Bonne Saint Valentin

openid said...

PS I mentioned your lovely Etsy shoppe on my post:

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

Thank you for sharing your knowledge of preparing roses. this looks like a fun thing to try! I am enjoying reading your blog.