Festive floristry, nailed
Like my wreath? I've had a, erm, "creative" moment. Wanna know the what, how and why? And how you can get stuck in, too?
I don’t want to be all showy-offy or anything, because that’s totally not like me (*cough*), but last weekend I took myself (and my post Christmas-party hangover), to the Plymouth studio of Muddy Award-Winning florist Hannah Burnett for a little lesson in wreath making. Now, I really didn’t hold out much hope of actually returning home with anything to show for my efforts, let alone useable but will you just have a look at this little beauty?
Not bad, hey? So yes, I am quite proud of myself, actually. One minute, I was sat with a soggy foam ring, tentatively poking bits of holly and ivy into it, and the next I had rather an impressive masterpiece ready to hang on the door of camp Muddy.
Of course, I have to hand it all to Hannah really, who expertly guided the entire class through the process, making it all feel a bit of a doddle. It was great fun, nattering with the other ladies, fighting over the best bits of foliage and noshing on mince pies and mulled wine – no wonder all of her festive workshops have been a sell-out.
You might be all sorted for wreaths by now, but while I was admiring my handiwork, Hannah suggested that my creation could also form a nice little centrepiece for the table on Christmas Day (she’s totally fearing for her job now that I’m in town). And that got me thinking/worrying that I hadn’t given this detail of the day a moment’s thought.
So, I cornered the lovely Hannah and strong-armed her into sharing a few of her tips for getting the table in festive shape for the big day, because that’s useful for us all, right? So, flex those green fingers and prepare to wow your Christmas-Day guests – I bet even Santa will be impressed if he has a nose around when he visits.
1/ Seek inspiration first. Flick through a few magazines or catalogues and make a note of what you like. Pinterest is great for ideas – get pinning!
2/ Less is definitely more. It’s tempting, but don’t go too crazy with your table dec’s, keep it simple. You don’t want to have someone’s eye out when they lean over for the roastie dish and come into contact with a glittery twig.
3/ Don’t spend a fortune. Remember, it is just one day, so buy only a few select bits and bobs. Visit a florist and buy some fresh berries or roses and forage the rest! Holly, ivy, bay is all readily available in gardens right now (but for God’s sake, make sure you ask first!). You could even use some offcuts from your Christmas tree if you had to trim it.
4/ Add some sparkle. Who doesn’t love a bit of glitter at Christmas (err, apart from the one in charge of hoovering). It’s amazing what a little bit of the sparkly stuff can do to keep a dining table classy, festive and fun.
5/ Upcycle. If you haven’t filled them with chutneys and sloe gin, jam jars and bottles look great sprayed gold. Fill some with tea lights and some with foliage and line the centre of the table for a simple, modern design.
6/ Make a day of it. Need more encouragement to tease out your inner Kirstie Allsop? Why not invite friends around and make the decorations together? A little mulled wine and a few mince pies and you have yourself a party. (The mulled wine part might even help those creative juices flow!)
Enjoy, Muddies and may I suggest that you check out Hannah’s awesome floristry skills the next time you’re in need of some blooms? Visit her website at: hannahburnettflorist.co.uk