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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We Answer Wednesday - All About the Holiday Centerpieces

“I am always looking at magazines for ideas for my centerpieces, but they all look so expensive and hard to put together. How can I get that look for my home?”

So many people are entertaining from home these days. This is a fad that many thought wouldn’t stick around but entertaining at home is typically more budget friendly and a great way to show off your beautiful home! There are a lot of different ways to throw a dinner party from a formal party to a backyard BBQ, but regardless of your type of party, 9 times out of 10, there will be a centerpiece on the dinner table. 

Here are some suggestions on what to use as a centerpiece for your dinner parties.

Floral centerpieces are a classic and traditional option. There are so many different types of floral arrangements that can be present on your table. So how does one decide?

 A Kate Spade-Inspired Styled Shoot |  photographer: anneli marinovich photography // shoot concept, coordination, styling, crockery, and glassware: b.loved wedding design and styling // florist: brian kirkby flowers // décor & details: eagle eyed bride // footed bowls and votives: wedding day hire // stationery: golden apple designs

Incorporate a colour scheme
Part of hosting is making things look nice for your guests. Plan your floral arrangement based on a predetermined colour scheme. For example, if you have all white dishes and serve ware, incorporating another colour will enhance the table setting. Maybe you love purple and don’t own any purple dinner accessories. A centerpiece is a fabulous place to incorporate it. A white and purple floral arrangement would be a beautiful way to spice up your traditional white dishes.
There are so many sizes and shapes and styles of centerpieces to create. Depending on the size of your table, you may have the space to have multiple arrangements on the table. A series of small vases instead of one large arrangement gives your table a fresh look. It doesn’t have to be flowers either! As you can see in this photo, beautiful and bold lilacs in these oversized teal vases with glass bottles mixing in for fun make a big impact but the arrangement is so simple, paired with robin's egg blue dinner plates and glasses set on the rough textured, reclaimed wood harvest table looks absolutely incredible for a spring dinner or wedding


Candles are another classic option for a center piece. These can be arranged in many different ways using various colours, sizes and textures. Candle centerpieces have so much DIY potential, and with sites like Pinterest and Houzz, the options are truly endless for what you can do! There’s no reason to go crazy expensive either.. simple is beautiful too. If you’re looking for a wow-factor, be creative with your arrangement, it will look great!! 

Holiday Themed Centerpieces are so much fun. For Christmas, try adding ornaments into a large dish. Throw in a little sparkle if you can! A little glitter by candle light will make your table shine. 

 vases full of metallic ornaments - such a simple centerpiece idea!  #holidayentertaining

When it comes to 'dressing up' your table think about these important points...

1.  Time of year, seasonal decor is easy to find so it won't be a stressful endeavour to under take

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2. Type of gathering.  Is it formal? Casual? Family-friendly? Inside or Outside?  This will be vital when decide what to put on that table

Simple and lovely - would mix the white dishes with my Spode red & white polka dot ones.

3.  How crafty are you? there are tons of great ideas with glue guns, glitter and so much more but if you aren't a crafty soul you could get stressed out, keep it simple, Sometimes the simplest decor makes the most impact
Mason jars and gourds pair perfectly together to create a beautiful autumn centerpiece

4. Waste.  If you worry about waste think about edible centerpieces like fruit, candy, nuts or even beautiful artisan bread laid and displayed in a chic way.  If you opt for florals, think about how you could re-purpose the arrangements in your own home or give them away as a 'prize' like you often see at Weddings.
Entertaining: Fun and Flirty Canny Creations - love this idea for an Italian theme party table

You can do so much with basics like ribbon, mason jars, flowers, paint, glitter, flowers, twigs, burlap, leaves, pumpkins, nuts, fruit, coffee beans, candles and other basics from around the home, the possibilities are really endless.....

mason jar centerpiece....

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