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Best Flowers for Centerpieces During the Holidays

Best Flowers for Centerpieces During the Holidays

Posted by Rose & Blossom on 26th Nov 2019

It’s that time of the year again when people are busy gearing up for the holidays by buying presents, cooking lots of food for their holiday gatherings, and decorating their homes with festive decor, lights and flowers. A stunning floral design as a centerpiece for your holiday table brings just the right touch to complete your decor. At Rose & Blossom, we’ve put together a list of the best flowers for centerpieces this holiday season to help you bring beauty, joy, and color to your dining room table.

Flower Varieties That Represent Joy, Thankfulness, and Happiness

Many cultures around the world believe that each type of flower has its own meaning and significance. The Victorian Flower Language is an entire language dedicated to understanding the meaning of each bloom. Certain flowers add another layer of meaning to the special occasions we celebrate.


A classic bouquet of roses in full bloom spell gratitude. Peach and yellow roses are great autumn shades to add to your floral design: peach represents appreciation, and yellow represents joy.

Birds of Paradise

These exotic flowers resemble a vividly-colored bird in flight. The unique shape and unusual hues make these an eye-catching addition to any centerpiece. And because Birds of Paradise symbolize happiness and joy, they are the perfect addition to your holiday decor.

Lilies of the Valley

The sweetly-scented lilies of the valley with their dainty, bell-shaped blooms are associated with purity but are also a symbol for happiness. The tiny blossoms can be used as pretty accents to your floral arrangement.


Peonies are perennials with large ruffled blossoms and an irresistible floral scent. They represent prosperity and a happy life, and because of their size, they are fabulous for use as centerpieces and bouquets.


These heady-scented flowers native to the Mediterranean and Southwestern Greece signify contentedness. They come in a variety of colors such as peach, white, purple and pink and they are often used as fragrant and lush fillers.


Chrysanthemums, or mums, are fun blossoms with a wide variety of colors to choose from. They represent long life and joy, and are excellent as centerpieces since they’re very low maintenance and last a long time, even after being cut.


With an eye-catching bell shape and gorgeous shades of blue, pink, white, and purple, these cheerful flowers offer the perfect complement to any floral design. Since they symbolize gratitude, they are the ideal flower variety for your Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Flower Varieties For Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Fall is a time of vibrant hues and the changing colors of foliage. If you want to mix a few more fall-themed colors and variations into your holiday centerpiece, these flowers are perfect for brightening your fall arrangements and making them pop. Fall is often a time for sturdier blooms, as they are made to withstand cooler temperatures and wind. With proper care, these flowers can last a couple of weeks in an arrangement!


Zinnias offer up the vivid hues of fall with shades of red, yellow, cream, and gold. They’re sure to brighten up any space with their unique textures and bright color. What’s more, these hardy flowers can last up to three weeks in an arrangement!

Peruvian Lilies

Peruvian lilies create a festive sparkle that makes them a favorite during the holiday season. Not only do they come in solid colors of orange, green, and red, but there are also striped and flecked varieties to choose from. These beautiful flowers can last up to two weeks.


Carnations come in annual, biennial, and perennial varieties. They are inexpensive, and easy to find. These gorgeous blooms—which can be found in almost any color of the rainbow—pair well with most kinds of greenery and flowers. And because they last anywhere from two to three weeks, you will be able to appreciate their pretty blossoms for a very long time.

Cushion Poms

Cushion poms are a type of chrysanthemum with fluffy petals in shades of yellow, white, or lavender. They add a cozy feel to any floral design centerpiece and will last from 10 to 12 days.

Gerbera Daisies

The delicate blossoms of Gerbera Daisies will look spectacular as the centerpiece of your home. As Meg Ryan says in You’ve Got Mail, “Aren’t Daisies the most cheerful flower?” These pretty blossoms provide a combination of cheer and daintiness that friends and family will admire. They will stay fresh for seven to ten days if properly cared for.

Include Leaves and Pumpkins Into Your Centerpieces

Add a fun twist to your Thanksgiving floral design by adding in pumpkins and leaves as interesting accents!

Try filling a tall glass vase with small pumpkins in a variety of colors. Add a bit of flowers and fall foliage around the base for a pretty fall-themed centerpiece.

Or, if you want the centerpiece to feature more flowers, place your vase of flowers inside a hollowed-out pumpkin or butternut squash! Fill your arrangement with fluffy leaves, greenery, and blooms to cover the hole of the pumpkin.

Need a little help making your Thanksgiving festive and bright? Let us help you check one more thing of your to-do list: our professional florists at Rose & Blossom will create a fantastic arrangement that captures the beauty and the spirit of the season, and brings that pop of color to your dining room table.



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