Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2002
Have a calligrapher inscribe each strip of paper with a guest's name in pink gouache (an opaque ink). Tape paper around edge of box lid.
Using a utility knife, cut an opening in the center of the lid.
Cut off top of flower tube so it's just shorter than box. Add a bit of water to tube. Insert flowers into tube; insert tube into lid.
Fill box with nonpareils (leave room for flower tube); close box.
Quilling paper (enough to wrap around lid and overlap slightly)
A peony or a few ranunculuses
Plastic flower tube
Boxes topped with flowers make a beautiful centerpiece; a table number is embroidered onto ribbon encircling the largest box. Inside, the stems sit in water bottles stabilized by crumpled paper. Favor boxes, which contain nonpareils, double as place cards.