Over the next couple of weeks, we’re all going to host lots of holiday gatherings. Decorating your home, especially your holiday table, can be somewhat overwhelming. With that in mind, we called on Brooks Mathews to give us her sage advice on how to create lovely holiday tablescapes that are both affordable and long lasting. Brooks’ resume is a mile long, but her work on the Blue Moon Party is her most recognizable feat. She is a native Tennessean, so her knowledge of plant zones and materials is second to none.
If you’re new at creating your own tablescapes, there are lots of resources that you need to note:
Import Flowers on Murphy Road continues to be a great source for all types of greenery, berries, branches and gorgeous flowers. Lou Farrell is a huge fan of StyleBlueprint and keeps us apprised on new trends. All the flowers you see today are readily available and are not special orders. While flowers are available all the time, mid-week is when most of the flowers arrive. If you want to order flowers, you need to be put in your order up to a week in advance. Pop by Import Flowers. You’ll be amazed at the selection.
Geny’s Wholesale Florist on Charlotte Avenue has a huge array of floral supplies like oasis, plastic trays and Christmas ribbon. If you want the best selection available, stop by Geny’s in September for your ribbon. They sell out fast! They do have a limited amount of fresh flowers. Geny’s Wholesale offers special order flowers, too!
Finally, start a collection of what you love in the colors that work for your home. Antique malls, Ilex for Flowers, The Tulip Tree, even TJ Maxx and Target are great resources when it comes to home decor. Whatever you do, don’t buy everything all at once; be patient and truly collect. Add slowly, supplementing with flowers and greenery. Most importantly, have some fun!
Small vases are a great investment. They can always be incorporated into your table decor and allow your guests to see each other.
When you are putting together your holiday tablescapes, take a walk in your yard. In my own yard, I have boxwoods, Foster hollies, nandinas with berries, mahonia buds and Sawtooth acuba, which I cut and use in floral arrangements throughout my home.
You can even take your grandmother’s candelabra and transform it to something quite lovely.
This arrangement (above) will also last up to a week or more. It’s perfect for a mantel, dining table or sideboard. The base of this arrangement is block of oasis set in a favorite bowl. Remember, you MUST soak your oasis for an hour or more. Start with the long branches – your foundation – first to determine the length of your arrangement. For this one, we used short needle fir, Lisianthus and nandina. Next, add in the big blooms to build your structure. Here, we used three different types of proteas, amaryllis, pomegranates and Brunia Stokoei blooms. Finally, you can fill in with small clippings of Foster holly and other greenery to cover up the oasis. Green pepperberries add the final touch to this gorgeous arrangement.