Make a Centerpiece for a Holiday Table
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Centerpieces are a focal point of any holiday get-together. While you may want an eye-catching, conversation starting piece you may not know exactly what type or the rules of creating a great piece for the dinner table.
Rules of Centerpieces
Rules for centerpieces exist for the dinner table. If not followed a centerpiece could turn from a functional decoration into one that is bothersome.
Rules for Dinner Table Centerpieces:
Ideas for a Holiday Centerpiece
Besides the pine boughs, ivy, holly, or other greenery, you can add the following things to the festive table to help complete your decoration:
- 3A large group of candy canes, stuck upright in short glass vases. Turn the crook of the canes outward and if you have room in the middle of the vase, add a pillar candle. Prepare 3, 5, or 7 (always an odd number) of these candy cane holders and place along the length of the table. Add greenery, more candles and tuck several candy canes into the greenery to complete the look.
- 10Gather together varying sized jars, some with lids, some without, and fill with Christmas candies like candy canes, hard candy with designs in the middle, ribbon candy, cinnamon swirls, Christmas-colored candy corn, M & M's, jelly beans, and even marzipan fruits. Tie ribbons around the tops and arrange in a pleasing display along the length of the table. Add candles, about the same height, for added impact.
- 12Take pine boughs and place them in a tall glass vase, filled part way with sand. Arrange the boughs so they are roughly in the shape of a Christmas tree. Decorate with bows, small baubles, tiny battery-powered fairy lights, or glass icicles. Run other greenery along the table and dot with the same small ornaments and more battery-powered fairy lights.
- 15Place several large glass vases or glass hurricane lamps containing silver, gold or other color baubles down the center of your table; these could be placed on a pretty silver, gold or red table runner for added impact. Add candles in pretty containers or in little lanterns. Sticking with only one color will make your centerpiece really striking.
- 18Take three or five poinsettia plants and stand them in a large bowl or on a large platter, or soup tureen. Add tall candle holders along the table and wind a pretty ribbon around the candles and the poinsettias. This can be done with cyclamen plants as well. A smaller version can be created for the dinner table.
- 19Your centerpiece could also be a floral arrangement. To keep costs down, use carnations or other inexpensive flowers and plant material from your own garden. Decide on a color scheme and the vessel (bowl, soup tureen, tin pail, wooden trough, etc.) you will use, soak a block of florist oasis in water and tape it securely to your vessel, then add a couple of florist candle holders onto or around the edge of the oasis. Deep red and white carnations can look really stunning when mixed with greenery cut from evergreen bushes or camellias, holly with berries, even bare branches can add a striking note to your arrangement. To finish the arrangement, tie a bow of really beautiful ribbon, and twist some wire around the bow, leaving enough wire to tie onto a stick. Place the bow on the stick and simple candles into your arrangement.
- 20Fill a tall glass vase with sand and pebbles half way up, then plant a single amaryllis, already in bloom, in the vase. Tie a beautiful ribbon around the middle of the vase and place it in the center of your holiday table.
Additional Tips and Suggestions
- Pine boughs and sprigs are living things so they need water; therefore use either florist water tubes, put the greenery into a florist oasis or be prepared to replace the greenery every few days as it dries out. Have extra greenery available so you can replace bits that look tired. Keep the extras in water and in a cool place.
- Put your centerpiece together just a day or two before you need it, as you'll want it to be as fresh as possible.
- Keep your arrangement in a cool place until you need it and when your event is over, move it back to its cool home in the garage or shed.
- For additional interest, use several different types of greenery and, since artificial greenery can look very good these days, don't be afraid to use artificial instead of perishable real greenery. You can also spray it with fake snow or spray paint it to match your color scheme.
- Since Christmas comes only once a year, pay attention to the details, whether it's an elegant and glamorous look or a more rustic style. Look for and get the bits and pieces you need well before the day.
- For that extra special look, add lots of candles and fairy lights. Name tags, little gifts for your guests and decorations on the chair backs add the "wow-factor" that will make the day truly memorable.
- You may want to protect your table by using mirror tiles or pretty place mats or even sheets of wrapping paper underneath the Christmas scene.
Questions and Answers
How to make a pine Christmas centerpiece using a floral block?
Any simple and easy tips Just take your floral block, and weave your pine boughs around it. If there are any parts of the block that are still shown, use a little ribbon or a large pine cone to hide it. This will let you great a lovely flower arrangement surrounded by fresh pine boughs, and as an added bonus, it will last through the new year too.
Steps to make table floral with candles in the middle?
How can I do this myself? The easiest way to make a table floral with candles in the middle is by using some heavy based candle holders, and then just putting flower arrangements with some big leafy greens around the main candles. This way no one can see the little glass vases your flower arrangements are in, so you can keep them well watered, but you'll also be able to light your candles if the situation calls for it. One great benefit of this method is that you can keep your arrangements fresh by rotating new flowers in and out as needed.
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