When you’re entertaining in the home, it’s always nice to have that special something that will brighten up the room. Maurice Wynne, multi-award winning Dublin florist has given his 5 simple steps that will help you to create your own stunning table centerpiece for any occasion.

Step 1: Preparation

Materials Needed:

  • Flowers – The trick is to tailor your chosen flowers to the colours of the season to create the perfect arrangement. Remove any excess foliage and if using roses, remove the thorns. Max. 5 varieties for first arrangement.
  • Foliage – Ensure that you have a nice mix, 3 different types will be perfect for any arrangement. If the foliage is taken from the garden, it will need to be washed.
  • Oasis – Pre-soak for 3 minutes.
  • Container – The chosen container should be deep enough for the oasis whilst leaving a reservoir for the water.

 Also Required:

Scissors/Sharp Knife/Secateurs

*Always Use Sharp Equipment with Care

  1. As we previously mentioned, when purchasing the flowers keep a colour scheme in mind, check out our top tips on creating a harmonic arrangement.
  2. Roughly sketch an image of the design you wish to create.
  3. Keep a ruler on hand if you have any difficulty with proportion/dimensions.

Step 2:

  • Using a cutting tool of choice, cut the stems at a sharp angle before insertion into the floral foam. We find that using a sharp knife is best.
  • Next, you should begin by “masking” the oasis floral foam with foliage. This basically means lightly covering the foam with foliage as this will help to determine the overall size of your competition.
  • Using different varieties of foliage will add texture and shape to your arrangement as foliage can be light & fluffy, shiny & waxy or broad & bulky.


Remember – “Lightly Mask” don’t fill the whole container with foliage blocking space for your flowers. The idea of this is to form the foundation of your arrangement.


Step 3:

  • Throughout this step, you will be introducing your primary, secondary and tertiary flowers to your arrangement.
  • Like the foliage, cut the stems at a sharp angle before insertion to the floral foam.
  • Begin with the main blooms, which are known as your primary flowers.
  • Ensure that you pay attention to height, length, breadth and depth. Focal point here is the most important.
  • Next introduce your secondary and tertiary flowers, keep an eye on the shape of the arrangement as you do so. Use your initial sketch for guidance.
  • Recess some blooms to add impact to the focal point.


Step 4:

  • Add more foliage and what we would loosely call fillers which can include gypsophila, hypericum, solodago, waxflowers etc.
  • Fill the gaps with extra foliage and recessed blooms whilst leaving room to top up the water as required.
  • Bear in mind you have completed the main composition, now it is merely perfecting the design.

Step 5:

Display with pride on your table, away from direct light, heat sources and fresh fruit.