Behind the ‘Floral Wall’ and Centerpieces at the Oscars Governors Ball

02/21/2014 at 03:44 PM ET

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This year’s official Academy Awards after-party is taking flowers to new heights.

For the 86th Oscars Governors Ball in Hollywood, florist Mark Held from Mark’s Garden in L.A. assembled a stunning display for the celebs who’ll be clinking glasses at the bash.

The ballroom’s entrance will be flanked by two 18-foot-high displays with windows exhibiting alternating vignettes of Oscar statues and floral arrangements.

Surrounded with cascading walls of thousands of blooms of roses, orchids, kale and hydrangea with ferns and exotic vines, the plants will be separated by green velvet draping and accented with white birch trees.

The floral wall teams with what Held calls “understated” table centerpieces to create an exotic color palette of deep purple, lime green, tangerine orange and copper. PEOPLE sat down with Held to learn more about the centerpieces and how to recreate them at home.

The “simple arrangement” puts the hyacinth flower front and center, Held says. “We’re circling it in kind of a geometric pattern with hydrangeas from New Zealand. … Anybody can make this very easily.”

Start with a short, slender glass vase and fill it with purple hyacinths “or whatever other flower you want,” Held says. Then, surround your main flower with a secondary bloom — Held uses hydrangeas in a different shade of purple. “We call it a cuff of hydrangea,” he says. “It’s not particularly expensive. You can use whatever flowers you want, but I would stay in these colors because that’s the colors we’re using this year.”

The arrangements can be made up to two days before the event, Held says. Use his tips and these photos from the Governors Ball preview to inspire the decor at your own Oscars party. We might be moved to build a whole garden underneath our glass-topped coffee table!

Oscars Governors Ball Flowers
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Oscars Governors Ball Flowers
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Oscars Governors Ball Flowers
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—Dahvi Shira and Michael Fleeman

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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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Very interesting & pretty!