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Champagne Soirée

Champagne Soirée

On a buffet or in an entryway, this dramatic design will add an air of glamour and elegance to holiday parties.

For many, the winter holiday season is a time for entertaining at their homes and/or offices. This dazzling design, by Erik Witcraft, AIFD, CFD, will make a dramatic and elegant statement on a buffet table, in an entryway or anywhere it is placed. This type of wow factor is surprisingly simple to create and features beloved carnations fashioned into a luxurious and fragrant floral orb, along with a smattering of more exotic Phalaenopsis (moth) orchid blooms.

Step 1

String a variety of sizes of gold beads onto varying lengths of gold metallic wire. Alternatively, cut varying lengths of Oasis Beaded Wire and/or Oasis Mega Beaded wire, in gold.

Step 2

Spray contorted filbert/hazelnut branches with metallic gold paint. Arrange the gilded branches into glass vase that is filled with water, for stability. Bind the branches together in several places with paper-covered wire, to create sturdy foundation for the carnation orb.

Step 3

Carve one-half brick of floral foam into a rounded form. (Alternatively, use a net-wrapped floral-foam sphere.) Wrap waterproof tape randomly around the floral-foam form to create a support “cage,” to help prevent the floral foam from disintegrating. Twist short lengths of paper-covered wire to various “intersections” where the waterproof tape crisscrosses.

Step 4

Place the floral foam low into the branch structure, just above the vase opening. Secure the floral foam to the branches with the pieces of paper-covered wire at the tape intersections.

Step 5

Place the floral foam low into the branch structure, just above the vase opening. Secure the floral foam to the branches with the pieces of paper-covered wire at the tape intersections.

Step 6

Attach the lengths of gold beaded wire onto the branches, in various places.

Step 7

Cut off the stems of several Phalaenopsis orchid blooms. Apply a drop of liquid floral adhesive to the back of each bloom, in the center, to seal the cut, which will help the blooms last longer.

Step 8

Press the Phalaenopsis orchid blooms onto the branches, in several locations, where the hanging beaded wires are attached.

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