Fancy a carefree Christmas look? The experts from Stars for Europe (SfE) present fresh, colourful ideas for festive tables, Advent wreaths and floral designs in which poinsettias, subtle accessories and delicate pastel shades create a cheerful, relaxed vibe.
Fresh, cheerful, colourful: table decorations with poinsettias
A beautifully decorated table provides the perfect setting for a festive meal with friends or family. The following table decorations show that festive and informal don’t have to be contradictory. They look really fresh and cheerful, not least thanks to colourful poinsettias.
This table setting in delicate pastel shades is simple and understated. The combination of accessories in cool pale blue and muted pink makes the gorgeous, colourful bracts of the poinsettias stand out even more. The bold blue of a single candleholder adds an additional colour accent.
Soft pastel shades also make this festive table look light-hearted despite the lavish decorations. Poinsettias in pink, yellow and apricot, as potted or cut flowers, exude Christmas cheer. Strawberry cacti and small crab apples add fresh pops of colour. Other accessories and furnishings, from the chairs to the tableware, candles and napkins, to the baubles on the tree, pick up on the colours of the star-shaped poinsettias creating a harmonious look overall.
The Christmas party is on! On this contemporary Christmas table, a parcel decorated with a cut poinsettia and a sprig of berries greets guests at every seat.
A stunning tone-on-tone winter bouquet of cut poinsettias, ilex vericillata (winterberry) and amaryllis is the central feature. The apricot of the bouquet is picked up in the rest of the decor and complements the pastel shades of yellow and pink.
Cake stand in pastel vintage style
Colourful pastel shades, vintage and DIY – three decoration trends come together in this beautiful cake stand. This unique, one-of-a-kind design made of plates and glasses is quick to make and guaranteed to be a highlight on any table with different coloured mini poinsettias in pretty little tins.
To make this colourful decoration in a pastel candy look, you will need three plates of different sizes (e.g. dinner plate, side plate and saucer), decorative glasses, a small glass vase, ceramic or high-quality all-purpose glue, colourful mini poinsettias and small tins as planters.
Step 1: First work out on the order of your glasses or vases and decide whether they should be placed with the base or the opening facing upwards. Then glue the plates and glasses together one by one. Apply the glue to the base or the rim of the glass and press onto the plate until the glue is completely set. You will need three plates and two glasses for a three-tiered cake stand.
Step 2: Plant the colourful mini poinsettias in the tins and arrange them on the cake stand. Important: Make sure you wait until the glue has dried completely
Step 3: Finally, as a finishing touch, glue a small glass vase on to the top plate, fill with water and place a cut poinsettia in it. Done!
Colourful room decoration with poinsettias
Co-ordinating centrepiece: this floating poinsettia wreath in soft orange tones is a space-saving alternative to the classic Advent wreath and can be put together quite quickly with a suitable circular metal candleholder. Cover the metal frame completely with sprigs of ilex verticillata (winterberry) and rosehip. Then fix four orchid tubes between the candleholders, fill them with water and place apricot-coloured cut poinsettias inside. Place taper candles in the holders. Hang it up. Done!
A row of simple glass bottles with cut poinsettias, ilex verticillata (winterberry) and pine branches is an effortless yet impactful deco idea that brings colour into spaces in winter.
Craft project: Arrangement with baubles and cut poinsettias
Whether as a gift or table decoration, this colourful arrangement with cut poinsettias, fir branches and Christmas baubles is guaranteed to create a Christmassy mood.
Tip: This idea is a great way to repurpose damaged Christmas baubles or those where the top holder has been lost.
This Christmas arrangement is simple to make. You will need cut poinsettias, a suitable container, floral foam, baubles, fir or spruce branches and a hot glue gun.
Here’s how: Fill your container with soaked floral foam so it protrudes about one cm above the rim. Then insert the cut poinsettias and foliage. Finally, glue the baubles in place on the foliage with hot glue. Done!
The right cutting technique
Cut poinsettias will keep for up to two weeks in fresh water if the stems are placed in hot water (approx. 60 degrees) for a few seconds immediately after cutting and then immediately placed in cold water to stop the sap from leaking. If you use poinsettias to decorate gifts, simply wrap the end of the stem with sticky tape.