November 15th, 2013 No Comments

inspiration for your holiday table: mckenzie powell’s enchanting florals

Mckenzie Powell, floral and event designer based in Seattle, has such romantic and organically beautiful florals. Mckenzie trained as a graphic designer which clearly has an impact on both her floral and event design. Her blog is charming. It features so many of her elegant celebrations and snippets of her personality and travels. When I asked her what advice she had for creating holiday centerpieces Mckenzie told me, “While I obviously love a lush floral centerpiece, something on the simpler side can still be really lovely. One of my go-to’s is using a collection of small potted plants, a favorite being ‘Rex Begonias’. Pot them in an assortment of antique goblets of varying heights, add lots of candlelight (both tapers and votives), and tuck a few gorgeous pomegranates in around the base. Easy, inexpensive, but really beautiful.”

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Using berries and foliage certainly brings a textural quality to her florals and it also marries the centerpiece to the table when these trickle down onto the surface and hug the candlelight. By keeping centerpieces low it allows all your guests to see each other across the table and converse easily.

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A palette of burgundy, plums, peach, pink and gold make a fall table feel warm and inviting. Mckenzie uses both large and small containers in varying heights to add more interest to a table setting.

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mckenzie powell plum & peach flowers.001

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For larger parties a dessert buffet or champagne bar can look gorgeous with either one large centerpiece or multiples of vases in varying heights along the border.

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For more inspiring flowers or information about Mckenzie visit her site Mckenzie Powell Floral & Event Design or follow her on twitter @mckenziepowell.


Note: If you like the antique silver votive candles like you see above, we carry two different sizes on our little blue dish shop. Here’s the link.