Vintage Inspiration

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Designer Lulu Guinness (luluguinness.com), famous for her whimsical accessories, put her usual flair on the table when she came up with this centerpiece—votive candles and a vintage mirror with lavender roses. To re-create the look, use your favorite flowers and any candles and mirrors. This centerpiece adds a touch of classic beauty to any wedding table. Plus, the purple color of the roses with the votives will leave your guests relaxed and in awe of the ambiance.

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Tulips and Oranges Centerpiece

 

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Just in time for Easter or a spring themed wedding or shower! This beautiful design is courtesy of Martha Stewart. I love the clean fresh design of the flowers as well as the fun colors of jelly beans. These will give your guests something yummy to munch on while they are waiting!

How-to

 

1. Place a plastic liner inside a basket.

 

2. Press clumps of wheatgrass, with a bit of soil still attached, around the edges of the larger liner.

 

3. Place a second, slightly smaller liner inside the first liner to hold the wheatgrass in.

 

4. Pour water and cut-flower food into plastic liner.

 

5. Cut tulips about 2-inches from the head of the flower, and prick the stem with a pin or knife to prevent growth.

6. Arrange tulips in basket.

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Canned Beauty

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Reduce, reuse, and recycle just took on a whole new meaning with South Carolina boys Matt and Ted Lee. The Lee brothers have made a career of getting back to good old American basics. To wit, they created this centerpiece right out of the canned-foods aisle. To re-create the look, choose retro-looking cans from your own market, empty them — to make a pie, perhaps — and fill them with small bunches of flowers. This idea is super simple and would be perfect for a vineyard themed wedding–you could even use wine bottles instead of cans– or even a country themed wedding. Depending on the cans you choose this idea would be a great money saver for a variety of weddings.The options and designs are endless! Isn’t that just canny? Sorry! I had to say it!

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Love is Tweet!

 

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If you are having a spring wedding then this DIY idea is perfect for you. These cute little bird nests are made from doilies! They are a simply favor or table decoration for any wedding or wedding show. Here is how to achieve this look!

 

Tools and Materials
Stitched (not paper) doily
Bowl in the shape of the basket you would like to make
Fabric stiffener

 

Doily Basket How-To
1. Soak doily in bowl of fabric stiffener until saturated.

 

2. Remove doily from stiffener and place over bowl (or along inside of bowl) to form a basket shape.

 

3. Allow to dry. Carefully peel dried basket from bowl.

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Leveled Beauty

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Enliven your wedding or bridal shower with an arrangement of eggcup bouquets displayed on cake stands. Choose small-budded flowers in similar hues, such as the tulips, lily of the valley, paperwhites, and daffodils. Trim the stems so the blossoms will peek over the rims of the eggcups. Place a small round metal floral frog in each eggcup to help shape and weight the arrangements. Fill the cups three-quarters of the way with water, and then add the blooms. Arrange the mini bouquets on and around stands. You can then let the guests take the mini bouquets home for a favor and centerpiece all in one!

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EggShell Lovelies

 

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If you are looking for a unique table arrangement, I have just the thing for you! These hollowed-out eggshells make a naturally beautiful vases for tiny flower arrangements. Break an egg at the top of its shell, drain the contents, and carefully rinse out the inside. Next, fill the empty shell with room-temperature water and place it in an eggcup for stability. Finally, insert small cuttings of your favorite blossoms ( lilacs, lily of the valley, and violas are pictured above). Individually or grouped together in a centerpiece, these tiny arrangements make a wonderful addition to the place settings at your table.

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Colorful Ideas!

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What better way to inspire creativity and to keep kids busy than a table they can decorate! Simply, cover the table with butcher paper and put out art supplies. The kids are sure to take full advantage of being allowed to draw on the table. Plus, there is no clean up. Simply, roll it up and throw it away!       

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Beach Bum

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Having a wonderful beach themed centerpiece is as easy dumping your sand pail. Simply indulge yourself in a day at the beach. After a day at the beach, bringing the ocean home is as easy as emptying your pockets. The designers of this centerpiece  collected shells, starfish beach grass, and sand to create a sandsational display! And these materials last, so you can start preparing the centerpieces of your wedding in advance. source

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Bounty of Beans

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Daring designer Genevieve Gorder works decorating miracles on The Learning Channel’s Trading Spaces , and she did the same with this centerpiece. If the design alone is not good enough,then the price will be.  She made this arrangement for about $6! The ingredients: a cheap bunch of supermarket flowers, a bag of colorful dried beans and some tall glasses drinking glasses. Fill each glass with a 2- to 3-inch layer of beans and add a few tablespoons of water. Trim one flower stem to fit inside each glass, then arrange the “vases” down the center of the table. Wah-La! You have a beautiful centerpiece at a fraction of a florist’s price!

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