Saturday, December 3, 2011

Simple Centrepiece

I usually put a large bundle of holly and poinsettias in the middle of my dining room table. It can a substantial size because we hardly ever use this table. Space is NOT at a premium. But this year I wanted something different and I wanted a change from red and green.

So this time I started with a large wooden crate my father-in-law had picked up for me at a garage sale for $1.00. He figured I could fine some use for it and make it look like it's worth more than a buck!
I added a fair bit of fake greenery next. It doesn't smell as good as the REAL stuff, but it is inexpensive and fills crate the quickly and easily.
Next I added some crystal beads that I have had for years. In fact, I remember them decorating the bathroom in our first home, 10 years ago! (It just goes to show, classic NEVER goes out of style!)
I knew I wanted candles in this arrangement. They add a wonderful glow and add ambiance to our dining room. I had hoped to find some pillar candles in my wax collection, but alas, no. Instead I opted for some snowy tea light holders that I nestled in amongst the greenery.
Now for some more sparkle - but with subtlety. I had some pale pink and muted gold balls kicking around that weren't going on my tree. I arranged them around the tea lights where they could catch some candlelight shimmer.
By now I was pretty pleased with my arrangement from nearby, but when I stood back at the entrance to the room, I knew it needed more. So for added height, I stuck in a few tall, slim branches to extend the size of the centrepiece.
Ah yes. Much better. Back goes the table runner. Light those candles up and this is what you see:

What do you think? Do I need to paint the crate? Should I wrap it in something? Hmm...

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  1. Looks beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  2. That is darling! I love the rustic look. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments!!

  3. so pretty! love it! thank you for stopping by our blog....following you now :) would love it if you'd come follow along too!

  4. How cute! Your post on my blog had no email linked to it so I came digging to reply to you. Glad I did because this is super cute!
    I bought the sparkly balls in my centerpieces at Michael's. I bought two bags and they were full of an assortments of colors for about $3 each I want to say.
    Glad you stopped by for a visit! I'm your newest follower and I hope you are too!

  5. I can't believe you do all this AND work AND have children. wow. can't wait to see it in person. love, Steph


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