Hostess With The Mostess: Getting Creative with Carnations

By Hostess with the Mostess, Published Sep 10, 2009

About Hostess With The Mostess Carnations seem to get a bit of a bad rap when it comes to the floral “status quo” - but the truth is that there are plenty of beautiful - and even cool - looks you can achieve with this budget-friendly flower.

Because of the price point and shape of carnations, they allow you to create soft, lush, and substantial floral arrangements - and just like anything else, it’s all about playing up their strengths and “packaging” them the right way. Here are a few great examples from floral designers who did just that… Photo 1 features pretty carnation design ideas from Yum! Todd Oldham’s sweet ice-cream inspired bouquets from FTD are a yummy way to bring sass, fun and color to your tablescape! (Photo 2: Todd Oldham™ Triple Scoop bouquet from FTD & Photo 3: Todd Oldham™ Sweet Scoops Sundae bouquet from FTD) In the fourth photo, the gorgeous “dome” design featuring all-white carnations & crystal strands is the epitomy of glam, but a similar arrangement works just as well at a casual beach wedding when paired with a simple, chic cake stand and “best wishes” notes from guests. Going beyond the centerpiece (Photo 5): This California bride had her bridesmaids carry pomanders of red carnations (which also hung from chairs lining the aisle) instead of the usual bouquets. Last but not least… how cool is this(!): Floating Styrofoam balls covered with red, fuchsia and yellow carnations made a colorful splash in the pool at this St. Helena, CA reception. For more fabulous inspiration and ideas for your big day, visit my blog at

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