I am seeing a resurgence in the use of faux florals throughout blogland, and have been starting to use more of them in our home. Fake flowers have come a long way over the last few years, many seem almost as beautiful as their real counterparts but they don’t die within a week, making them easy to use throughout your home.
I wanted to show you how I created this easy and affordable faux orchid centerpiece for our dining room and also how I went ahead and set our table for Easter.
I have had this beautiful large brass bowl (I also use it to chill wine when we entertain) for several years, it came from the Lucketts Holiday Market and I fill it with sparkly ornaments for Christmas, but the rest of the year it just sits empty. Sidenote: I thought about polishing it but there is something about the patina on it which I really like, though maybe I will spiff it up before the Easter holiday, I am sure some of you purists out there are disappointed it isn’t polished for these photos!
I have been doing the spring decorating thing and moving out the heavy throws and bringing in lighter colors and more florals to brighten up our home. This bowl is so pretty that I knew I wanted to use it for something special, preferably as a centerpiece. I decided to create a display by putting several florals in one pot but since I tend to kill most of the plants that come in my house, I went on the hunt for something pretty to fill it of the ‘faux’ variety.
Orchids can be costly even when fake and I wanted to use several of them to fill out the pot so I searched around and came up with this arrangement available here. It was less than $35 (shipped) and I think is beautiful quality. If you have a pretty bowl around, a blue and white chinoiserie piece (see our ideas here) would work perfectly, this arrangement of flowers will fill out a larger bowl or pot nicely.
I simply dropped the arrangement in the bowl and tucked floral moss all around it to keep it stable and covered the top. I did try to remove the flowers from the white bowl first, but it was more effort than it was worth so I left it intact. I picked the moss up at the craft store for about $7 so for less than $40 I had the makings of a large orchid arrangement. I think it will be the perfect spring centerpiece in our dining room even when the table isn’t set.
Once it was complete, and it took all of 2 minutes to put together, I went ahead and set our Easter table. We don’t use our dining room very often (more on the layout of our home is in my last post HERE) but I like to set a more formal table for the holidays. My tablescape is similar to last year because my pink and gold bunny plates were such a fun find I had to use them again, unfortunately, they came from HomeGoods so I can’t source them but hopefully they will have some this year too.
glasses | ruffled mats | gold flatware
We’ll be getting back in town from spring break just a day or so before Easter so I always like to get everything ready ahead of time. We do a simple menu and will just have our family for dinner after church but I still like to make it a nice celebration even if it’s just for us.
I’ll try to put together a post with our typical Easter dinner menu (because it is really very easy!) later this week, in the meantime have a wonderful Sunday!
You can get the sources for our dining room in this post here.
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Lynne Beattie says
Love the arrangement and your bunny plates! I also like the patina on your lovely bowl!!
Thank you! I like the patina too but I appreciate you validating my lackluster polishing skills LOL! XO, Amy
EZ PZ is the best way to make a floral arrangement! Love it! I have various allergies and definitely why there are faux greens in my home! Love the look and from a distance, who knows? I also take this a step further, and use some of those faux flowers in my OUTSIDE containers too! Again, who knows?? and it’s funny when friends will comment how great a container looks, and is holding one of those faux flowers, and I smile saying “THANK YOU” =)
That is a great idea, I think I am going to try that outside this year 🙂 XO, Amy
Marion C Dourte says
Beautiful Amy, love the bunny plates. Granny would have liked them.
Thank you so much! That is the best compliment 🙂 XO, Amy