I love the look of flowers on tiered cake stands. Here is a dreamy inspiration pic of this look, from Southern Weddings Magazine’s Blog (one my of top 5 favorite wedding blogs btw!)
Here it is done (well, half done ; ) on a smaller scale, for around $20 – $30.
I used this 2 tiered cake stand from Jaf Gifts for $10.49 as my base. To keep the flowers (I chose Dahlias) hydrated, I wanted to experiment with Oasis Mini Deco Holders. I thought I could use one large Dahlia in each, and planned to scatter 3 single flowers on the tray, 2 on the lower level and 1 on the top. As I literally ALWAYS do, I completely underestimated how many flowers would be necessary to cover the foam. These deco holders, as I can now tell simply by looking at promo shots from websites that sell them online, take at least 4 – 5 flowers to cover them.
So, my project morphed from single asymmetrically scattered flowers to deco holders with clusters of flowers. Because of my underestimation, I only had enough flowers to do two deco holders (and in fact had to enlist some green roses from another arrangement to fully cover them!)
Next time, I’d use 4 deco balls with at least 4 dahlias on each, entirely covering the 2 plates more like the inspiration picture, or if budget was really tight, simply place 2 – 3 hardy cut flowers with no foam water source randomly on the plates.
Because I did neither of the above, my result was a little wonky, but still cute. Especially at a total of just over $20:
$10.49 for Jaf Gifts 2 Tier Dessert Tray
$3.90 for 5 Dahlias (This was a great price from my local wholesale to the public florist. On Fifty Flowers, Dahlias are currently $2.50 – $4.50 a stem- they’re about $2 a stem in bulk from California Organic Flowers)
The roses I snatched from another bouquet, but let’s call it $3 for 3 green roses
$3.50 for 3 Mini Deco Holders (available from Save-On-Crafts for $12.99 for 12, the best price I could find online)
Here are pics of the (half!) finished centerpiece. With 4 bunches of Dahlias, enough to cover 4 deco holders and both of the trays, my total cost would have been up at $30 for the whole centerpiece.
An angle that shows that gorgeous dinner plate Dahlia!