Flowers for tables

We are having a traditional Chinese style reception where food will most likely be served on lazy susans in the center of the table. This leaves little room for huge center pieces, but I really want some color and flowers on the table instead of just food. Any ideas out there on what would be appropriate.


Thanks a million!


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Posted on September 4, 2008 at 3:34 pm
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What colors are you using?


You could use tall/thin vases with orchids (bunch of color options here)


http://bp2.blogger.com/_T_pULHSTyvA/SDDTKYHvVxI/AAAAAAAAAVg/3XjOivvRvy8/s1600-h/tall+orchids.JPG


Or with snap dragons (lots of color options too)


http://www.ashaddflorist.com/cgi-bin/displaybigpic.cgi?name=Snapdragons%20&file=SNAPxg.jpg


Those both look good alone.


There's also the traditional roses, just a few in a tall vase as well would stand high. 


Choosing a single color would stand out or you could add more colors (I know red is traditional for good luck) like gold to it to make it pop.


This would allow you to have some flowers in the middle of the lazy susan.

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 3:50 pm
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Hi Summer! I know exactly what you mean. I went back and forth with the centerpiece/no centerpiece debate. In the end, I ended up not doing centerpieces, but as an alternative, I put a dahlia at every place setting. This way there were flowers on the table, but nothing on the lazy susan that would end up on the floor once the food came out. And you save money since 10 flowers are a lot cheaper than a centerpiece. Just an idea!

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm
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THanks a bunch. Worried a bit about the tall vase idea as I know once someone gives the lazy susan a whirl the flowers will fall over! I was also thinking of small square vases with small buds in them but really like the idea of a flower at each place setting!

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 4:52 pm
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I agree with Charmeng, the restaurant I'm having my Chinese reception at recommended that I not have centerpieces (because they would remove them the minute the food came out and people would only have a few minutes to admire them)....I didn't think about the idea Charmeng had tho...that would be very pretty....I've been toying around with the idea of creating a centerpiece that will double as favors and have the guests remove them from the center of the lazy susan before they start the dinner....currently, I've been thinking about having the take out boxes, but arranged differently (if I ever figure it out, I'll post a picture)...but I hope that helped! =)

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 6:28 pm
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i like the 1 flower per person thing!  even if you jazz up the servietts by rolling them up & put them in a round serviett holder and slip a rose bud in to everyone! i think that wud look hot!

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 8:20 pm
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This is what each of our place settings looked like:


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We had a personalized menu for each guest, along with a dahlia. This is how the whole table looked (minus the menus because this is a picture of our "overflow" table):


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We had a few votives, but when you have sodas, wines, and sauces, it's a lot. In the end I was happy we decided against centerpieces. Oh, and we also had a tented reception program on each of the lazy susans. Hard to see in this picture, it's to the left of the white wine bottle.

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 8:43 pm
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charmeng, that looks beautiful! i love dahlias!

Posted on September 5, 2008 at 4:02 am

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