A quick way to decorate the name tags with a personal touch for each dinner guest is to take a simple small glass (available for very low cost) filled with peppermint sticks and use a small Oasis ball with the bottom quarter cut off. Place several layers of a clear kitchen wrap to cover the top of the candy from moister before you place the ball on top of the glass. Insert a ring of holly around the bottom of the ball and fill the top of the ball with about 10-12 red carnations. Guests love the personal touch and often take them home.
These can also be used in wine glasses or a mixture of assorted glassware for a centerpieces with votive candles interspersed. It's a quick way for a unique centerpiece that will last a very long time by just replacing the shriveled carnations. To water the ball to keep the flowers fresh, simply remove the ball, flowers and all, and hold it under the kitchen faucet. When the ball is completely soaked, allow it to grip dry slightly on a paper towel and replace the ball on the glass. To store, remove the ball and refrigerate. Do not refrigerate the candy as it will become very sticky and the colors will run from the moisture.
For a buffet table. use a much larger and taller containers and mix assorted sizes for interest. The Oasis balls come in many sizes and can be used on tall glass cylinders that are available in most craft stores.
Another option is to fill the glass with cranberries, and use a burgundy carnation or use it for other holidays by filling the ball with the appropriate colored nuts, etc. and use the appropriate colors for the holiday