Center of Attention: The Secret Ingredient to The Prettiest Holiday Centerpiece

By Brittni • Updated on 09/05/2023


Sooooo, I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this before, but the studio is dangerously close to a wholesale flower shop. As in three buildings down close. As in my wallet is currently going into mini seizures close.

Which means I’ve been finding pretty much any excuse to buy flowers lately. And today, that’s in the form of a DIY floral centerpiece. The dahlias were just too good to pass up when I went over there last. AND then I found the secret ingredient (not dahlias) and I was like, okay I have to make a holiday bouquet now.

Want to make your own?

The Secret Ingredient to The Prettiest Holiday Centerpiece

Here are the flowers and fillers you’ll need to make your own…

Flower List:

– 10 stems of Dahlias
– 1 large stem of Pepperberry
– 5 Peonies
– 3 stems of Rosemary

The secret ‘ingredient’ to this DIY holiday centerpiece is the Pepperberry. They scream holiday vibes, without being overbearing. So, be sure to find that one (or at least something similar).

How To:

Once you’ve rounded up your flowers, find a medium to tall vase, properly prep your flowers ahead of time (remove excess leaves) and start arranging. I held the bouquet in my hand to get the basic arranging down and the varying heights, using a criss crossed stem method. And then moved everything to the vase once I cut the stems across the bottom (at an angle) to the same level, while still holding the flowers in place how I wanted them to sit in the vase.

The Secret Ingredient to The Prettiest Holiday Centerpiece (and Tutorial)

You can always readjust everything once its in the vase and add more flowers if its’s not feeling full enough. Once you’re done, it will look something like this…

How to make the prettiest holiday centerpiece

Peonies and Dahlias for Holiday Bouquets

The Secret Ingredient to The Prettiest Holiday Centerpiece (and Tutorial)

Photography Amelia Tatnall
Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Curious to know… What would you do if you have a flower shop just a few doors down from you? Would you (and your wallet) be going into mini seizures with me or do you have self restraint in this department?

9 comments | Click here to reply

Gorgeous! I love your secret ingredient. I am so lucky not to have a flower shop around the corner. I wouldn’t be able to restrain myself. My home would smell good, though.


This is great, I’m going to share this post with my mom. She LOVES floral arrangements but we never know how to style them


I have never had success in arranging flowers. Thank you for sharing this method. It gives me the confidence to try again. Happy Holidays to you and your followers.
Always with love
Robin Ann

Robin Ann

Cut flowers are a gift I often give myself. Having a lovely bouquet nearby at home makes me happy.

Theresa M

This is just beautiful! I always love to decorate my home with flowers, and your centerpiece is just perfect!


Thanks Sophie.


So pretty!!!!
I love the Pics <3



Thanks Heather.


Such a gorgeous bouquet!

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