I love you. I’ve loved you since the first moment I saw you. I guess maybe I’ve even loved you before I saw you.

Floral centerpieces are a great way to add romance to a dinner party pour deux but they can do a lot more than that. Because every flower has a meaning, posies can also be used to send a message. Too shy to tell your new beau that you’re smitten? A tabletop arrangement of camellias says, “I adore you.” Ready to take the plunge? Cleomes – corsage code for “elope with me” – can kick off the conversation. This Valentine’s Day, let your centerpiece do the talking. Simply pick your moment and then tell your Valentine what’s on your table and on your mind. All these blooms are generally available year-round at flower markets and through floral designers and online sources. Here’s to love, baby.

Red roses say “I love you passionately and respect you.”


Red tulips say, “You’re my one true love.”


Gardenias, which look beautiful floating in bowls of water, say, “You’re my secret love.”


Orange roses say, “I am fascinated by you.”

Camellias say, “I adore you.”


Ranunculus say, “I am dazzled by your charms.”

Red carnations, which look best in tightly-packed bunches, say, “I love you deeply and with great affection.”

WS057-14 Hyacinth say, “I feel playful.”


Cleomes, more commonly known as spider flowers, say, “Elope with me.”

For more about the secret language of flowers, click here. For more centerpiece ideas, follow our Party Flowers and Decor board on Pinterest.

Introductory photo: Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
Introductory quote: A Place in the Sun

Floral images: Pinterest, Michael George Flowers, Carolyne Roehm, Southern Weddings, Go Make Me

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