Project: Sheer prettiness
This large hurricane vase makes a spectacular centerpiece for a party. A sheet of clear cellophane, which can be bought from a stationary store or florist, has been crumpled inside the vase. Pink peonies (Paeonia)—which could be replaced by roses (Rosa)—have been tucked down into it before adding water, producing a cracked-ice effect.
Flowers that have been submerged like this won't last as long as those that only have their stems in water, but they should look good for a day or so. To finish, peonies have been used to dress place settings and a smaller centerpiece has been created by pilling peonies and limes on a plate.
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Excerpted from Easy Flowers by Jane Durbridge and Antonia Swinson. Copyright 2003 by Jane Durbridge and Antonia Swinson. Excerpted with permission by Ryland Peters & Small. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.