1. Prepping your foam
Lay your foam dish into a bucket of water for three minutes. Take care not to push your foam into the water as this causes water pockets.

2. Planning your design
A centrepiece should never hinder conversations across the table — rest your elbow on the table and ensure that the highest point of your centrepiece isn't higher than your wrist. Ensure that you create depth by varying the height of each element — some should be embedded deeper, some should stand out. All the mechanics — dish, tape and foam — should be well hidden.

3. Assembly
Stick to one element before moving on to the next to focus on the distribution of colour, texture and scale. Cluster elements rather than spreading them evenly throughout the design, as this is more similar to how plants grow in nature. Start with base flowers before building with your floral highlights, then finishing with accents such as foliage and ferns.

4. Finishing touches
Rotate your arrangement to ensure that you are completely satisfied, and give it a good spritz of water before you bring it home.

For more tips or to enrol in a class, head to the The Floral Atelier at 40 Eng Hoon Street. Tel: 8869 2830.