Use newspaper to wrap a flowering bulb with small amount of soil. The recipient can cut the string & place in the ground since the newspaper will not harm the environment. Photo: Johanna Eklöf/Formelle Design www.
I think I would prefer cylindars to champagne flutes, as to not confuse as a drink. "Table decoration - Pine/herbs in a champagne flute.with some "snow" and some glitter and maybe some gold/silver this could be a pretty winter decoration"
Make a festive feature of your Christmas place settings. Try wrapping napkins with twine rather than a napkin ring and finish with cinnamon sticks, sprigs or holly/rosemary or twigs spray painted gold or silver.