Wednesday, June 25, 2008

An Easy, Elegant Centerpiece

If you read my e-zine, Feather Your Nest, these images may look familiar to you. (If you don't and you'd like to subscribe for free, go to the right sidebar to sign up!) I wanted to share this idea for a really easy centerpiece that will look like you fussed over it for hours...but of course it took five minutes (which is all I ever seem to have when getting ready to host).



The white runner? It's butcher paper, from my daughter's craft easel. It's a casual look that kind of reminds me of those bistros where the tables are covered with white paper.

Then, I just took three different sizes of square vases. You could use round vases...or square ones...or bowls...just pick three vessels that all have something in common. It could be different sizes and shapes of teapots or water pitchers.

I purchased two bouquets of cut flowers - one of green spider mums, the other of white calla lillies. I simply floated one large bloom in the 4" tall vases. Then, I let the bunch of calla lillies fall casually to the side of one of the tall vases. I arranged the rest of the mums without stems showing above the top of the vase, and voila! A fresh and casually elegant centerpiece for brunch (or whatever occasion you'd like).

14 comments:

  1. This is so lovely! And I need centerpiece ideas because...drumroll...I finally bought dining room furniture! I was staring at it last night and thinking, okay, now I have to get a runner and figure out a centerpiece. I never would've thought of butcher paper! (It actually looks like fabric in the photo, so that surprised me.)

    Love this. -Julia :-)

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  2. Great idea! I love the flowers.

    I keep a roll of white craft paper and a roll of brown packaging paper ($1.50 at WalMart) on hand. When I cooking dinner and the kids are wild, I cover my table with paper and put the crayons in the middle and tell the kiddos to decorate a tablecloth for dinner. This keeps them quiet and makes them proud of their art at dinner. - which has nothing at all to do with your post :), but it reminded me of that. ha ha

    I love your blog!

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  3. Yay, Julia! That's a big deal!! And Deidre - what a great idea!! Looks like I need to go to the store for more butcher paper. Love it!

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  4. Love... just gorgeous! Those green flower are my favs and I never knew the name of them... I always buy them in white!

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  5. So pretty, sometimes it is the everyday things used other ways that make a table look pretty. White is so elegant witha pop of color. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I love green and white together. The tablescape looks terrific!

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  7. beauuutiful! I love how something like craft paper can have so many uses!
    PS: I can't believe your daughter is called Leila!!! Ahh great minds! x

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  8. That's beautiful! And easy! Two of my favorite things!

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  9. Easy elegance, I like it!

    Happy day! I don't blame you for being low on energy after a week at VBS, you are a saint to do that!

    xoxo

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  10. So nice to look at and with such elegance yet you made it easy enough for us to try and do it to. Nice idea. Luv the calla lilies and spider mums combi, both so elegant looking.

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  11. Love this idea.....so pretty and fresh! Jen R

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  12. SO PRETTY! I love that you used white paper! What a great idea. I may even do that!

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  13. Don't forget to highlight that the trick with the centerpieces is the California Cut Flowers...www.ccfc.org. ;)

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