Posts Labeled ‘centerpiece’

Baby’s Breath – A New Take

No longer just a sprig pinned into an updo, baby’s breath holds its own as a statement centerpiece in these images. Mixed with mercury glass and silver tones, it goes from  simple and sweet to bold and elegant. It doesn’t hurt that baby’s breath represents everlasting love.

Image via Bridal Guide Magazine - Photo Credit: Emily Steffen Photography/Created by Simple Fabulous Events and Design/Flowers by Sadies Floral/Linens by Linen Effects

 

Image via Honey Bee Weddings

 

Via the knot Photo Credit Earl Christie

Beautiful Orange and White Arrangement

I simply adore this arrangement featured on One Charming Party. As they suggest, it would be perfect for Mother’s Day. I could also see it as part of a Spring tablescape, a ladies’ tea, a bridal shower…. The bright orange color and the pops of citrus make it a happy addition to any table!

orange centerpiece via One Charming Party

Beautiful, Simple Holiday Centerpieces

There are lots of ways to dress up your dinner table to impress holiday guests. Special china, unique glassware, pretty napkins… Adding a centerpiece, however, always helps to complete the tablescape.  Whether it be flowers, fruit, or even pinecones, a holiday centerpiece does not need to be complicated to be impactful. Check out these simple ideas from Martha Stewart for beautiful, do-it-yourself centerpieces.

Cranberry Flower Frog

Fresh cut flowers are a traditional centerpiece for any dinner table. What makes this beautiful centerpiece unique are the cranberries in the vase. The pop of red color is gorgeous against the white flowers and stay in the color scheme of the holidays.

Amaryllis Candle Centerpiece

This is another beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table. This time the flowers are red and the candles are white but you can swap out different colors to match. Depending on the length of your table, line up three to four of these centerpieces to brighten up the whole table!

Beautiful Fall Tablescape

I am always looking for inspiration for beautiful tablescapes. This one, featured in Southern Living and designed by Elizabeth Demos, is absolutely beautiful. I love the punch that the orange napkins provide; the bare, exposed rustic table contrasted with elegant upholstered chairs; and the tiered, multi-level centerpiece. What inspiration for a beautiful Fall tablescape!

Tablescape by Elizabeth Demos via Southern Living

Oh My Gourd! Fall Centerpiece Idea

I recently helped on a team of women who worked on decorations for a women’s luncheon at church. We were inspired by this idea from Better Homes & Gardens which is perfect for fall.

We first cut off the top of the squash and then used a melon baller to scoop out a portion of the inside. Supermarket flowers were perfect to make the arrangements. In addition to butternut squash, we used acorn squash, as well. The whole process was actually very easy and the result beautiful!

 

gourd centerpieces via Better Homes & Gardens

 

Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating

Tis the season for pumpkins!  If you are looking for quick ways to decorate pumpkins without the mess of carving, here are some great ideas that use materials such as ribbons, an apple corer, and a clay loop in place of traditional carving knives. Click on the pictures below for specific instructions.

Pumpkin Centerpiece by Good Housekeeping

Floral Inspired Pumpkins by Better Homes and Gardens

Polka-Dot Pumpkins by Better Homes and Gardens

Easy Cylinder Centerpieces for Weddings

I love this idea from Martha Stewart Weddings for using anaglypta, or embossed wallpaper, as a embellishment to plain glass cylinder vases. Add clustered flowers and the look is clean and sophisticated.

easy wedding centerpiece from Martha Stewart

I recently adopted a similar Martha idea and wrapped cylinder vases with wood veneer. The light veneer is neutral and with a change out of ribbon can work for any season. Using wood veneer sheets is not easy to work with but it gives a heavier effect that simply wood veneer paper which is also an option.

wood veneer-wrapped cylinder vases

veneer vases used in a tablescape

Thanksgiving Essentials & Planning Tips

I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is a week away! Boy, do I need to kick my  planning into high gear. If you are like me and need to start preparing for the Big Meal, begin with this planning checklist:

1.) Plan the menu.

Do you want to stick with the tried-and-true favorites this year or be adventurous and try something new? Or maybe a little of both? Check out some of these great online resources to help you narrow in on a five-star Thanksgiving menu:

Finecooking.com has a fantastic menu, complete with shopping list, created by seven top chefs featuring new spins on traditional Thanksgiving dishes.

A step-by-step guide and menu for cooking for a crowd is featured on Epicurious, complete with wine pairing tips.

Speaking of wine, check out Food & Wine’s list of top 10 great Thanksgiving wines.

Cranberries are a must-have when it comes to a great Thanksgiving menu. I love these ideas from Let’s Entertain on how to incorporate cranberries from beverages to dessert.

2.) Make sure you have the right equipment.

Williams-Sonoma has a wonderful checklist of essential Thanksgiving kitchen accoutrements. Scan the list to be sure you have all the tools you need to cook the bird, make the gravy, mash the potatoes, serve the pie…

3.) Check the weather.

Will it be sunny and beautiful, allowing guests to enjoy a drink on the patio? Or cold and rainy in which case you’ll need to practice some rainy day hospitality?

4.) School yourself.

What’s the best technique for making great pie crust? For carving a turkey? No need to fake it. There are great resources online like  Saveur’s step-by-step instruction photo guide for carving a turkey or Martha Stewart’s Pie Crust 101.

5.) Set it up.

Doing a buffet? Check out this short, helpful Epicurious video with Clinton Kelly on tips for setting up a great buffet.

Need centerpiece ideas? This previous post offers some simple, stylish, organic-inspired ideas. Country Living also offers easy-to-execute ideas for dressing up your holiday table.

6.) Prepare for leftovers.

Plan ahead for how you will use all of that yummy leftover turkey. Epicurious has dozens of ideas to help you out.

Want to send home some leftovers with guests? Why not dress up the take home containers?

7.) Give thanks!

Above all, remember to pause and reflect on the many things in your life that you are thankful for.  Invite your guests to do the same. For while food and drink and beautiful table settings are all important parts of the day, gratitude is the guest of honor.

Stylish Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Here’s a roundup of stylish, yet easy-to-create Thanksgiving centerpieces. What I love about each of these is that they incorporate natural, organic materials.

I am still considering which one I might try out this year on my holiday table! Which is your favorite?

lentils and orange candles add an autumn tone to the table, from Every Day with Rachael Ray

lentils and orange candles add an autumn tone to the table, from Every Day with Rachael Ray

fresh produce turns into a fresh, chic centerpiece, from Better Homes & Gardens

fresh produce turns into a fresh, chic centerpiece, from Better Homes & Gardens

corn husk votives featured on Martha Stewart

corn husk votives featured on Martha Stewart


leaves in clear hurricanes make for a modern table, from Martha Stewart

leaves in clear hurricanes make for a modern table, from Martha Stewart

simple but beautiful centerpiece, as featured on Good Housekeeping

simple but beautiful centerpiece, as featured on Good Housekeeping

Put a Sock in it: Fun Non-Floral Centerpiece Idea

Rachael Ray is the queen of make-it-great-but-make-it-easy — whether that is offering up a creative menu for a meal in thirty minutes or sharing fun, easy decorating ideas.

I absolutely A-D-O-R-E this clever non-floral centerpiece idea (created by Orla Kiely and photographed by Ngoc Minh Ngo) featured on Rachael’s website,  Every Day with Rachael Ray. Wouldn’t this be fabulous decor for a shower, birthday, or even at a pre-party for a bachelorette outing?

Non-floral centerpiece idea from Every Day with Rachael Ray

Non-floral centerpiece idea from Every Day with Rachael Ray