4 Steps to creating a lush floral centerpiece

I love how flowers can instantly boost my mood!  They perfectly brighten up a space and contribute to the aesthetic of special events.  I especially love having fresh flowers on my dining table.

Centerpieces are even beneficial to the workplace too! This linked article discusses how roses in the office promote relaxation.  And it’s true! Which is one of the reasons I love being in the San Francisco Flower Mart: the flowers bring a sense of relaxation and calm to my crazy life.

Designing and creating an arrangement for your space or for a friend is so personal and customizable.  Perhaps you’re in the mood for something tropical or seasonal, you can create something minimalistic or something lush.

Kay: One of my favorite memories from my childhood was playing in a garage FILLED with beautiful flowers. Me being the weird child I am, I would name them and play with them, and if I broke one I’d hide it from my mom… But in actuality, I think flower arrangements heighten any occasion. They’re easy, fun, and perfect for Instagram. If I can do it, you can too.

We want to share with you how we created these centerpieces for my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. Otherwise known as the Ruby Anniversary.


  1. Vessel
  2. Shears
  3. Knife to trim floral foam
  4. Wet floral foam
  5. Floral food
  6. Water

Step 1:

Pre-soak your floral foam in a basin filled with water and some flower food. I like to use packets like floralife crystal clear.  Once the floral foam is soaked through, it will usually sink to the bottom of the basin.

Step 2:

Trim the floral foam to fit into your vessel using a knife.  For this occasion, we went with deep red blooms and a contrasting blue vase. We chose a combination of roses, ranunculus, anemones, dhalias, cockscomb, celosia, italian ruscus and eucalyptus leaves.


Pro Tip: My friend April of Petalworks taught me this trick.  Sprinkle a little more flower food on the oasis and add some water to the vessel.  This will extend the enjoyment 🙂

Step 3:

I like to lay out my blooms and greenery so that they’re all visible and within easy reach.  Trim off any leaves that are on the lower halves of the stems, or any you don’t want visible.


Step 4:

Here’s where the fun begins! You can make your arrangement as compact or as organic and free flowing as your heart desires!  Each arrangement will be unique and beautiful.

Cut your stems at a 45 degree angle to open the stem to be able to absorb water before

I like to start with all my greenery which creates a foundation to build upon.  Then I’ll move on to the flowers.  Sometimes I like to distribute them evenly throughout the greenery and other times I like to clump similar blooms together.  There’s no wrong way to do this!



Sometimes, you’ll find a caterpillar or other surprise guest in some of your blooms! Hi little caterpillar! (Kay: Definitely screamed and flipped out, then proceeded to touch the little guy with shears…)



As you can see, our two centerpieces are not identical, but they are both equally lovely.



ProTip: Finish by spritzing with water from a water bottle to hydrate the petals and store in a cool place.


Have an amazing time creating your own flower arrangements! Tag us in any that you make.


Karen & Kay


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