You Can Do This: Make the SAG Awards Floral Centerpiece

01/17/2014 at 03:07 PM ET

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We’ve got a secret about the beautiful centerpieces you’ll see gracing the dinner tables at Saturday’s SAG Awards: They’re a cinch to make at home.

“I want you to be able to enjoy these flowers during the show,” said SAG Awards floral designer Chris Matsumoto of CJ Matsumoto & Sons, who taught The Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik how to arrange the chic bouquet at the SAG Awards Behind-The-Scenes event on Wednesday.

Since sharing is caring, we asked Matsumoto to break down the steps for us, too.

The first and most important thing: No need to drop a ton of cash on exotic flowers. Your home arrangement can use any types you want — even selections from your own garden — as long as you vary the texture of the leaves and blooms, Matsumoto said.

Start by tucking a block of floral foam inside a long, shallow vase or planter so it fits snugly inside. Next, trim the stems to fit the height of your vase. Starting with your simplest greenery first, push the stems straight into the foam, hiding the stems completely. You’re creating what Matsumoto calls a “flat garden design.”

SAG Awards Flowers
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Then, it’s time to add height and color. Insert a few orchids and calla lilies (or your favorite flowers) into the foam, pushing the stems in at varying heights so the blooms pop out above the greenery. “Space them out,” Matsumoto recommends. Continue until the floral foam is completely hidden from view.

Finally, fill the vase with water (the foam will soak it up quickly) and place your arrangement in the center of your table. How easy is that?

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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