Sunflowers are a bright and cheery flower suitable for summer and fall occasions. Bring bold colors to your next gathering or event with sunflower centerpieces. Sunflowers are available in colors ranging from pale yellow to deep red and come in a variety of blossom sizes. Use real or artificial sunflowers depending on your budget and flower availability.
Place a bouquet of sunflowers in a variety of containers for a quick but professional-looking centerpiece. Use a vintage watering can to hold the bouquet. Tie four to six sunflowers together with a length of natural-colored raffia before placing in the watering can. Or, use elegant vases, pottery or metal pails to display the bouquet.
Create this simple centerpiece for long tables or dress it up for small tables. Arrange white square plates in a row down the center of the long table then fill with water. Trim the stem from sunflowers and float two to three of varying sizes or hues in each plate. On small tables use a single plate but scatter silk sunflower petals around each one.
Combine sunflowers with candles in your centerpieces. Disguise artificial flowers in a floating candle arrangement. Use a clear glass bowl or square vase. Lay a 1-inch layer of river rocks or colored floral marbles in the bottom. Fill 2/3 full with water. Remove the stems from three to four artificial sunflowers. Place them in the water with the front of the flower facing out. Move the flowers around until you are satisfied with the centerpiece. Set three floating candles on top of the water and light them.
Use real or artificial flowers for a playful but elegant arrangement. Fill a tall clear glass vase half full with a mixture of kumquats and key limes. Fill the rest of the way with water. Arrange six sunflowers in the vase. The bright colors of the fruit and sunflowers add a refreshing touch to your décor.
Mix sunflowers and marigolds in a low, round can or vase. First fill the vase with water and add three to four large-bloomed sunflowers. Fill in around the sunflowers with cut marigolds in deep orange and red. Tie a ribbon or length of raffia around the can to dress it up.
Make an arrangement to grace fall tables. Cut off the top of a small to medium pumpkin. Scoop out the pulp and seeds, rinse and pat dry. Place a low vase inside---short enough so it doesn't show above the pumpkin but wide enough to hold your arrangement. Fill the vase with water and arrange four to six sunflower blooms inside. Around the sunflowers, add curly willow sprays.
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