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A cheap, quick centrepiece for last-minute emergencies

Arrangement provided by Quince Flowers

Maya Visnyei for The Globe and Mail/maya visnyei The Globe and Mail

We've all been there – the Champagne is chilling, the guinea hens are in the oven, the table is set for your nearest and dearest. But you forgot the flowers! No worries. As this elegant garden under glass – put together for Globe Style by Rosemary Little of Toronto's Quince Flowers – handsomely demonstrates, even a humble potted plant can provide easy wow factor. Guests arriving in an hour but your favourite flower shop is closed?

Simply run out to the supermarket, pick out the prettiest potted plant available (such as the calla lilies used here) and transfer it with some moss to a clear cylindrical glass vase. For a chic yet absorbent base, line the bottom of the vase with a cup or two of green lentils. Little included a piece of bark for a rustic touch and added support for the blooms. This is also a great way to dress up any of those drab potted plants your guests might bring you.

Michael Tong is the owner of Toronto's Sublime Catering.

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Maya Visnyei for The Globe and Mail | Arrangement provided by Quince Flowers

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