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Floral Trends for the Holiday Season and Beyond

Try these floral ideas for your next event's décor!

What goes hand in hand with the holiday season? Bringing the outside indoors with stunning florals and fragrant greenery. Mother Nature is a big part of holiday décor! This year, we are seeing more interest in sustainable options, innovative ways to decorate, and creative spins on traditional holiday décor using florals that last beyond the holidays. Westerlay Orchids knows a thing or two about the magic that orchids lend to the holiday seasons and all year and what is trending, too! 

  1. Saying no to the “one-month” plant 
    A winter white orchid like a Cascade Orchid is the perfect gift, centerpiece, or mantelpiece that can tie into red and green holiday décor but look elegant in spring, too. Use orchids as year-long décor options that can double as favors that guests or hosts can bring home! 
  2. Finding new ways to do holiday foliage
    Mini holiday trees or garlands bring the spirit to events, but they also lose their twinkle once events are over. Because of their delicate epidermis, fresh-cut greens fall prey to dehydration quickly. Consider a lush alternative that will make the transition beyond 2023. Try a small Rosemary tree inside for an herbal fragrance similar to an evergreen tree. Add some little twinkle lights, and you have the perfect décor that can also be reused across events!  
  3. Seeking sustainability 
    Many holiday-specific flowers and greenery arrive fresh the first week of December, then fill trash cans once they have lost their purpose and vibrance by January 1st. Try seeking sustainably sourced seasonal flowers and arrangements with minimal environmental impact that are not only long-lasting but grown sustainably as well. Westerlay Orchids are grown sustainably and last much longer than cut flowers. Work with floral experts who are transparent about their commitment to sustainability (like Westerlay shows on their website).  
  4. Innovative wild, natural arrangements 
    Nature-inspired, organic designs that create a rustic look are trending. You don’t have to be a pro at pulling this look together. “Foraging” a floral centerpiece or arch is simply bringing clippers on a walk to the local park or having them handy in the car. Use branches, flowers, vines, and berries. Truly bring the outside in with all that Mother Nature has to offer. 
  5. Minimalistic simplicity 
    If a wild, natural arrangement isn’t your cup of tea, the opposite—minimalist—floral is trending, too.  Many are paring down their decor this year and opting for simplicity. Think elegant, key décor items that convey “happy holidays,” but don’t scream it, like simple garland swag. Try nesting some gorgeous jewel tone orchids into a large low bowl together, then covering the top with moss for a stunning centerpiece.  


Get creative and try incorporating orchids and sustainable greens into your next event’s décor! 

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