Holiday lunch is a great way to entertain here in the Berkshires or anywhere. More relaxed and less work than dinner. The inspiration for this luncheon centerpiece was loosely (very) based on a design in an advertisement for Oasis that featured red mitsumata sticks.
Leftover from the FASG Boston Flower Party, this crop of Cornus sericea (red-twig dogwood) was at hand to present an alternative look to the mitsumata. Sort the sticks first, using ones that naturally curve a little, and remove any side branches.
Try to use mostly very slender, pliable bunches, and alternate the branch tips between the left and right sides of the container so no one end has only tips or larger ends. This container is fairly long – 24″. I sorted them into two bunches that were large enough to conceal the container. The Oasis in the advertisement has the brick with a plastic bottom and is nowhere as long. Gather each bundle of the sticks first, tying off with wire in the center of each side.
I chose this artificially colored Grevillia because it is the exact color of my table napkins. This variety comes to the US from Israel.
Continue with long white mini Callas, Trachelium, lily turf grass and some Galax leaves tucked in to hide the Oasis.
Take time to enjoy your holiday!