Tips for the Christmas dinner table
Poinsettias come in many colours, so if you want a white Christmas then get white poinsettias.
Photos: Stars for Europa
Written by: Lars Lund
Christmas is a nice breather from the dark time, but it is also now you need to have fun and get ready for Christmas Eve. We have got Stars for Europe's flower decorators to give some tips on some Christmas decorations and table decoration that you can be inspired by. Everything is, of course, with Europe's best-selling flower, the poinsettia at the centre.
Poinsettias are great as Christmas decorations, whether you use them as decoration on a large hanging branch, to decorate the table in different sizes or use them as cut flowers in small water pipes on plates. Red poinsettias are the best sellers, but they come in many different colours, shapes and sizes, so there are many to choose from. Cut poinsettias will stay fresh for up to two weeks with adequate watering. Dip the freshly cut stalks briefly into 60 °C hot water and then immediately into cold water.
The Christmas dinner table must of course be with poinsettias. I hope the following pictures will inspire you.
White with a touch of beige.
If the Christmas dinner includes salmon, this colour fits perfectly.
If you like red, then poinsettias in red are also what reminds us the most of Christmas.
Every family has their preferred way of decorating the tree, but you can also make a small surprise in a paper cone.
The enchanting poinsettia cone for the Christmas tree can be made in the blink of an eye - even if you are not so experienced in arts and crafts. You will need: Mini poinsettias, plastic cone vases, paperboard, pipe cleaners and a glue gun, glue sticks and an awl.
Make two holes in the edge of the cone vase with an awl. Wrap the paper around the cone and secure the paper with glue. Extend the holes through the paper, pull the pipe cleaner through the holes and tie knots inside the cone vase. Hang the cone on the Christmas tree. Put the mini poinsettia into the cone. Done!
You can of course also hang the cone on the guests’ chairs as a special welcome.
A snowy apple
Christmas decorations for children might be this apple with a candle and snow.
All you need are two apples, a mini poinsettia, a tray, a juniper branch, a candle, some icing sugar, a twist core seed remover, a pair of scissors and a heart-shaped biscuit cutter.
Remove the core from the apple with the twist core seed remover.
Press a heart-shaped biscuit cutter into the side of the apple and remove it with the flesh.
Sprinkle icing sugar in the heart in the apples.
Put an orchid tube in the hollowed-out apples.
Garnish one of the apples with a candle, juniper branch and string. Fill the other plastic tube with water and insert a cut mini poinsettia into the plastic tube. Hold the cut stem in 60 °C water for a few seconds to make it last longer, and then dip the stem in cold water. Arrange everything on the tray and add more juniper branches or other Christmas decorations of your choice.
The GreenhouseForum wishes you a very Merry Christmas.
Om Lars Lund
Danish horticulturist and journalist
Lars Lund has for many years engaged in the garden and greenhouse. Lars has published many books about greenhouses, and he has participated in many Danish horticultural TV shows. He is a walking garden encyclopaedia, and he has answers for most basic cultivation questions – also the more ambitious ones.
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