Our very first Make & Take Flower Arranging Morning on 1 December 2014 was a great success. Simon Richards from Marks & Spencer joined us at the Blue Fin Building, Woman’s Weekly Headquarters in London, to demonstrate two beautiful projects with Christmas flowers in this half-day workshop.

After coffee and biscuits, our group of 20 enthusiastic participants couldn’t wait to start arranging the array of gorgeous blooms.


Simon, who started his career with renowned florist Jane Packer, first showed us how to put together a stunning festive posy which included silver foliage, white Avalanche Roses and gypsophila.

We were inspired by Autograph’s Magic & Sparkle Bouquet. £50.00.

Marks & Spencer Christmas bouquet

The special secret is how you rotate the arrangement in your hand as you add each element, making sure you angle the stems out to create the balanced crown.


Once we’d completed our Christmas flowers posy, Simon explained how to present and display to best effect in a sheet of tissue and cellophane. (Fold the short side against the point of the long side of the oblong.)


The second project was a red-themed table display with central candle and an arrangement of pine fronds, carnations, roses and festive berries.

First we taped a square of oasis into a ceramic bowl, popped a candleholder in the centre, then added the sprigs of pine around the edge at a horizontal angle.

The blooms’ stalks were cut short and placed facing out in pairs to give structure and balance, with little tied bundles of cinnamon sticks for contrast and texture.


Everyone got to take their creations home in a special Woman’s Weekly canvas bag. What a wonderful treat.


Find out about up-coming workshops with Woman’s Weekly.