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Growing up, I would get so excited when company was coming over. I would plead to set the table and, most importantly, to make a centerpiece. I couldn’t wait! I loved to find something seasonal to use down the center of the table, Oftentimes searching for something completely unique and out of the ordinary.
Then there was that time I used silk flowers… I know, shocking… and accidentally set them on fire with the lit candles. No joke! I can still see the synthetic material of the flowers dripping onto the table like melted plastic. Nowadays, fresh-cut flowers are easily available and it’s even more fun to create a centerpiece using them.
So… why have a centerpiece?
When they first came about, centerpieces were lavish and used as a way to show guests their wealth and status. Unnecessary decor down the middle of the table? Yeah, that sounds frivolity at its finest!
Obviously, in today’s world, everyone can take part in the centerpiece game. A modern-day centerpiece is a way to greet guests and evoke a relaxed feel. The use of items that are in season gives instant appeal as to why guests are gathered around the table. Along with an air of hospitality, a centerpiece gives guests a little bit of beauty to view at all times.
How do you make a spring centerpiece?
What makes a centerpiece seasonal? I always start with what can be found during the season. No matter where you live, tulips, daffodils, and other spring blooms are always the most welcome seasonal sight. To make fewer blooms go further, create small arrangements to spread along the table. Little pops of color can be created with just a few tulips. To give more fresh color, use inexpensive filler greens in small vases intermixed with the blooms. Voila!
How do you make a centerpiece feel natural?
Layering always gives a relaxed and natural feel. Just like you would in a home with layering throw blankets, pillows, and books, layering natural elements makes a centerpiece seem effortless.
- Start with something that gives the overall structure, like a birch branch.
- Place all the items, such as small vases and candle holders, in mismatched patterns.
- Do not line everything up perfectly as this helps create a centerpiece that is relaxed.
- Layer in preserved moss around the various elements on the table to fill in gaps and provide easy cohesion. Moss hides any imperfections. If something looks lost or lonely, adding moss throughout the table pulls everything together.