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Monday, December 16, 2013

THE countdown to Christmas day is getting shorter, and the smell of the holiday season is growing stronger.

Most of the people in the city are busy looking for gift ideas, scouting for fun gimmicks and planning what to prepare for Noche Buena. But maybe, many people have not thought of dressing up the Christmas table or even the Noche Buena buffet.

Well, two local florists will show you that gorgeous Christmas centerpieces need not be expensive, nor will they take much of your time. They have incorporated natural elements such as fresh flowers into arrangements fit for the grandest celebration of the year.

If you have the luxury of time, you can get inspiration from these beautiful yet easy arrangements that will wow your family and guests. And it might just start up interesting pleasantries. If you don’t, then they will be only too glad to do them for you.


Florist: Angeli Lim of Kalidades located along Mango Avenue, Cebu City

Long and Low

Long and low flower, fruit arrangement
Assorted fresh flowers and fresh fruits are mix-matched with leftover Christmas decorations. Ideal for big Filipino family parties.


Wreath-inspired traditional Christmas arrangement
Wreath-inspired traditional Christmas arrangement is made with candles, mixed fl owers (carnations, roses, mums) and pine needles for a “Chrismassy” effect. The fl oral arrangement exudes a feeling of warmth to brighten up the Noche Buena table.

Red Roses All

Traditional Christmas arrangement using roses
Holland roses are accented with green “buttons,” berries and cones. Ideal for modern setting of small and intimate gatherings using small tables.


Modern look flower arrangement

Florist: Annalee Maries Yu of Fleur de Liz located along Archbishop Reyes Avenue, across Grand Convention Center

The cornucopia, or the symbol of abundance, is what designer Joseph Ursal of Fleur de Liz flower shop calls this arrangement, set up not at the usual center, but rather at the end of the table.

A show-stopper, it puts the season’s flowers, poinsettias, in abundant display.

Although here you can freely set up whatever food stuff you want, Joseph chose French bread and apples (arranged in wicker baskets) for this purpose. For accents, he uses twigs called shapu. Well, you can always use the apples as your candle holders! (Photos by Ruel Rosello of Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 17, 2013.


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