Springtime Centerpiece: Tea Light Inside Tulip

Published July 20, 2012

I love tulips, especially when they all come out for spring.

A nice way to show off the splendor of tulips is to use them in a spring centerpiece for your next dinner party.

I try to use a multitude of different colours and place them randomly down the table for a dramatic effect. The soft, warm glow of the candle is highlighted by the colourful look of the flowers. Fresh flowers are best, but if you’re in a pinch, artificial will work as well.



  • Two packages of fresh tulips in assorted colours
  • Tea lights (available at grocery stores)
  • Five to six “on sale” roses (purchase the half to full-opened roses..no buds)
  • Candleholders in assorted heights
  • Small vases or champagne flutes
  • Sharp Knife
  • Floral preservative
  • Scissors


Carefully remove the plastic wrap from the tulips and cut off the white end of each tulip. This white end acts as a barrier for water absorption and should be removed.

Soak the tulips for one to two hours before arranging in the vases.

Remember to not use floral preservative with spring bulb flowers such as tulips and daffodils. They do not like the preservative and are better off with room temperature water.

Place your tulips inside individual champagne flutes or as a group in a medium size vase.

Once you are ready to assemble the flowers, carefully remove the stamen from the center of the tulip with your scissors and place the tea light inside the flower.

When you are ready to sit down, light the tea lights for the glowing effect.

Remember to carefully monitor the safety of the candles and never leave burning candles unattended.