At the flower market, shopping for our holiday party this weekend, I saw this huge, lush mistletoe branch and thought it was a gorgeous twist on a traditional Christmas decoration. The ubiquitous little sprigs of mistletoe are fun, but this cutting, with its oaky trunk, has such an amazing natural shape.
For a little added color, I wired some fruits from the bouquets I was making for the party onto the branch. The spiky red balls are from a castor bean plant, and the purple berries are a variety of eugenia.
To add the colorful berries, and to rig the branch up to our banister, I used some twisty-ties that came with a pack of garbage bags. These are also incredibly useful in the garden!
If you want to create your own "Attack of the Giant Mistletoe" this Christmas, ask your favorite florist or nursery to source a large branch for you; they have their ways!
(Images: Susie Nadler)