Tuesday, July 24, 2012

DIY Centerpiece Ideas

Centerpieces are a focal point at any wedding, luncheon or even reception. You want to wow your guests, and be pleased with the result yourself. This is when a wedding starts to get expensive, so here are 8 DIY centerpiece ideas from TLC.com Enjoy!!!

1.Potted Plants
Using living art as décor is a fun and fast way to dress your table. When you choose plants, make sure the pots or pot covers will work with your table settings, and opt for plants that aren't so tall or bushy that they'll create a barrier to communication. Flowering plants like chrysanthemums are always a safe choice, but blooming orchids, hydrangeas, calla lilies or miniature roses have a lot going for them, too. Use cache pots, pots without holes or waterproof liners to keep the tablecloth sparkling clean.

2.Pieced Fruit
Inspired by the colors and aromas of nature, cut fruit makes a very appealing centerpiece when it's done right. Just be sure to use a variety of fruits that will stay firm for the duration -- melon, pineapple, peaches, apricots and grapes would all be good choices. You'll also need wooden skewers of varying lengths and a stable base. If the idea of cut fruit displayed on skewers is too casual for you, try slicing lemons, limes or oranges into ice water and adding the mixture to a crystal vase or apothecary jar. Cut fruits are a natural for a summer celebration. They smell wonderful, look great, and you can eat them if things are running late in the kitchen.

3.Holiday Themes
Christmas, Easter, winter wonderland, spring fling and even Independence Day are classic themes for centerpieces. The nice thing about using these established holiday or seasonal ideas is that it's easy to get inspired, and the elements to carry them out successfully are as close as your local craft store. If you're on a budget or want something that's easy to put together, stick with candles and fresh flowers that correspond to your theme. They're a classic that never gets old. Seasonally wrapped boxes exploding with fresh flowers are great, too.

4.Apothecary Jars
For sparkle and symmetry, you won't do better than some nicely filled apothecary jars. These glass containers can be mixed, matched and filled to suit almost any theme, style of décor or table size. They're so versatile, in fact, that soon you'll be using them for all your entertaining needs. Tall or short, rounded or angular, these lidded jars are a great table accessory.

5.Sun and Surf
Start your honeymoon early with a centerpiece that reflects your love of sunnier climes. Shells, dried star fish, sand, beach pails and fishing nets can help you create a little bit of the beach on your own luncheon buffet. You'll need plenty of elements and one larger piece, like a sand candle or hurricane lamp, to give some dimensionality and elevation. Your local craft store can help get you outfitted with everything you'll need. This one's short on bling, but it's charming, easy and inexpensive.
 6.Water Features
There's something magical about water and ice. Whether the presentation is elaborate, like a glass pond, or just a few candles floating in a shallow crystal dish, water in all its forms contributes something special that makes it worth a little extra fuss. Reflections in water add crystalline sparkle at a fraction of the cost of crystal and silver, so consider using water in combination with mirrors and candles. It'll amp up the glamour without going overboard.

When you incorporate old and new photos into your centerpieces, you're honoring the past and providing some marvelous conversation starters. Just remember to use frames or other display devices that will reflect the look of the rest of the table decor. It helps to label pictures, too, so guests know what they're looking at. Groupings of large and small photos work really well, especially when they're mixed with artfully arranged flowers and mementos. Pictures of the happy couple as children are always worth the table space, but if you have multi-generational photos, they can help create the mood, stir up memories and encourage priceless reminiscences among your guests.

8.Dried and Silk Flowers
Fresh flowers can get expensive, and no one ever said you had to use fresh blooms if they're going to break your budget. Two other good options are dried or silk flowers instead. Artificial and preserved flowers can look amazing, and at a bargain price, a simple bouquet in a vase will look classy and still leave you some cash when the bills come due. Faux and preserved flowers are seasonal, and you can find bargains if you shop far enough ahead and store your purchases carefully until you need them.

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