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Tip of the Day: Sweet Centerpieces

In Tips on March 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Cookies, candy, chocolate, and fruit all make wonderful, whimsical, and delicious centerpieces.  Using edible decor is a super easy way to create a beautiful table that will take your guests by surprise.  And using dessert as a centerpiece saves time and money!  It doesn’t get better than that! Here are a few DIY suggestions, but experiment, the possibilities are endless.

Cookies and Meringues

Stack homemade or store-bought meringues, cookies, amaretti, candy, or chocolate on tiered or regular plates in the center of your table.  Too add some extra visual interest, scatter tea candles and flowers around the plates of sweets. At the end of dinner pass the plates around for your guests to enjoy.

Lollipop Flower Pots

Lollipops are fun, colorful and make great “flower” centerpieces.  Gather a metal buckets or flower pots and shove a piece of flower foam in the bottom of each. Stick the lollipops into the foam so each lollipop is a different height.  Fill in the space between the foam and the top of the pot with loose candy like jelly beans or gum drops.  *Photo Courtesy of Rachel Ray

Jars of Candy

Use the color palette of your table decor as a guide and fill apothecary jars with candy that matches.  Take it one step further and give your guests cellophane bags to fill with the wonderful confectionary treats they can take home.

Bowl of Fruit

Nothing is easier or more elegant than this.  Use a large wooden, glass or ceramic bowl and fill a single kind of fruit.  For instance, if you are having a fall brunch, use apples or pears.  For a summer garden party, try lemons or limes. * Photo Courtesy of Real Simple Magazine

Tip of the Day: Fruit Infused Water Centerpieces

In Tips on February 15, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Fruit infused water not only looks beautiful, tastes wonderful but is so easy to do.  Gather a variety of different carafes and bottles, you can pull from what you have or check out flea markets and antique stores.  Add raspberries, cucumbers, lemongrass, limes, mint leaves, you name it, to each vessel and add water.  Let the infusion sit for an hour or so.  Before guests arrive add ice and place the collection of fruit infused waters in the center of your table along with some whole fruit.  This creates a beautiful, functional, and inexpensive centerpiece.

Great Finds: Submersible LED Lights

In Great Finds on January 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Okay, so you’re probably wondering what a submersible LED light is.  And to tell you the truth it was news to me too.  These little guys are water proof and can be used to bring light to everything from flower arrangements to decorative vases.  They add just a little bit of extra sparkle to help set the mood and highlight centerpieces. To purchase, check out these sites:

Save-on-Crafts, $2.99 each

100 Candles, $1.99 each

Amazon.com, $18.49 for 10

Photo Courtesy of Save-on-Crafts



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