There is a lot of room for creativity in a table arrangement. The table
is a great stage to tell a story through the use of candles, statuary,
musical instruments ...any objects that have meaning for you. You can convey
a theme for the occasion using memorabilia or traditional decorations. The
buffet table lends itself to an elaborate still life of flowers, fruits and
vegetables. Create a centerpiece still life where you canít tell where the
decorations end and the food begins.
The placement of centerpieces fall into three
1. The arrangement is placed in the center of
a table with guests seated all around.
2. The arrangement is placed at the ends or
at one side of a table
3. The arrangement is seen from three sides
and is designed for buffet tables where no one is seated, but where food and
beverages are served.
In the first category, the
arrangement is created to be viewed from all sides. It is fairly low, below chin
level, so diners can see each other. Focal flowers are placed throughout the
design and a few line flowers extend above eye level for contrast. Candles
should be either very short or very tall so they don't block conversation or
In the second category, where the
floral arrangements are spaced at the two ends of a long table or where one
bouquet occupies the center of one side of a table, the size of the arrangements
can be much larger. They occupy space normally occupied by one seated guest.
Since there are no individual
place settings at a buffet, the floral composition should be in scale with the
size of the table and the amount of food being served. A very large buffet table
may use a large arrangement place in the center towards the back with two
smaller ones echoing the colors and style of the main design at either ends.
"Preparing and Creating Unique Containers"