For the past two weeks, holiday shoppers, flower enthusiasts, bloggers and florists alike have been casting their votes for their favorite Christmas centerpiece in our third VaseOff! Challenge.

Sleigh riding, tree decorating, sipping hot cider, and caroling by candlelight in the snow…many of our favorite Christmas traditions date back to Victorian times, when flowers at the center of the table provided delightful decor. That’s why we challenged our four florist contestants to create a Christmas centerpiece inspired by the elegance of the Victorian era.

Yuletide Sleigh Ride

Yuletide Sleigh Ride

It was a close contest, with many votes going to each of the four centerpieces. But the top favorite was Yuletide Sleigh Ride by Bryan Swann. Congratulations, Bryan!

“I wanted to capture that playful feeling of being in the woods, sledding as fast as you could, always careful not to run into the creek at the base of the hill,” Bryan said of his centerpiece, which was inspired by his childhood and Christmas at his Grandmother’s Victorian house. “I drew inspiration from the woods near her house, where we would chop down the tree that would be decorated with ornaments that have been passed down for generations,” he added.

All of the entries were uniquely special, and we would like to thank our other contestants for sharing their amazing talents with us: Mandy Majerik, AIFD, PFCI, with Simply, Victorian, Suzanne Nemet with Come In From The Cold,  and Tom Sebenius with O Tannenbaum.

The VaseOff! Challenge designs showcase the artistry, expertise, and quality that you get from working with a professional florist. Whether for yourself or as a gift, florists can create a custom centerpiece perfect for your Christmas celebration.

Please tell us about your favorite Christmas floral gifts, centerpieces and decorations. We love to hear your ideas!

We’re raising the bar in 2013 with two new VaseOff! Challenges, so check back for updates or follow us at www.facebook.com/AboutFlowers.