Friday, December 10, 2010

Handmade Holidays. . .Easy Centerpiece Idea

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Last week my friend Sandy and I went to a holiday shop-hop in Grand Rapids.  A floral shop had really beautiful centerpieces on display.  My Mom had a party last weekend and I decided to recreate what I saw for her.  I don't know why I am calling these centerpieces - I guess I don't know what else to call them - but they would look great anywhere, not just in the center of a table.
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Supplies:
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- Tall glass containers.  The two large containers I used here are actually apothecary jars (without the lids) that I usually have on my mantle. 
- fresh berries.  We used rose hips but I think any fresh berry would work just fine.
- floating candles
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These are so easy to put together - just trim the branches and place in your container, add water, and add floating candles.
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The water sort of magnifies the berries and intensifies the red color.  Think of all the other things you could put in the jars.  I think pine branches would look really pretty.
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We also added fresh cranberries around a candle.

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These were a hit at my Mom's party - everyone commented on them and loved how they looked.
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I am off to Chicago to spend the weekend with my sister (if the road's aren't too bad.  I am writing the post on Wednesday night and right now they are predicting quite a few inches of snow for Friday.  Fingers crossed because my sister and I have a really fun weekend planned!).
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22 comments:

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Oh, so pretty!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

These are beautiful. The rosehips look so nice suspended in water. Gorgeous!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I love this. It's so nice to be able to throw something together without having to run out for supplies. I have several rose bushes and knew I'd find an idea for those rose hips and here it is!

Kari said...

I love this! It looks so elegant! Also, I LOVE your tree! It's gorgeous! Hope you're doing well and are all done with your holiday shopping:)

Kristin said...

So beautiful, I am trying this for my party this weekend! Thanks for the great idea.

Kristen {a little ditty} said...

The branches and berries look great!

lisaroyhandbags said...

These are so pretty and simple! Have a fab weekend! :)

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

So pretty-I posted something similar yesterday.

AtOneWithHim said...

I am trying to think of something interesting to do that with from Northern AZ...something free!

Nanniepannie said...

Great idea I think I will use it myself, with variations of course. Hope you had a perfectly wonderful trip. Sisters are the best!

Chas said...

Very Pretty!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

i love how the simple projects can look so amazing!

Val said...

Beautiful, I would have never thought of the water. Great idea.

naturally nina said...

This is SO smart! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Lauren Bird said...

So simple yet beautiful. These centerpieces are so festive and welcoming! I love them.

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megan @ homemade ginger said...

so beautiful and simple. thanks for sharing!

Brandi said...

Love it! you make everything look so elegant!

Steph said...

So pretty! I love the Bright red!

Kate said...

Where do you find live rose hips?

alissa {33shadesofgreen} said...

Kate - I tried to respond to you via email but you don't have an email linked to your account. Hopefully you will see this! I buy rose hips from my local farmers market. You could also check with a local florist.

Anonymous said...

Wow! J adore! C est géniale comme idée!

Anne-Marie

Diane Traverse said...

Love this.They add so much to the table.Do you use regular water or distilled water.dianetraverse@att.net

 

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