Food Inspired Centerpieces

Food Inspired Centerpieces ?

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According to “The Knot” Webinar that I participated in last week – there is another trend on the wedding radar!  And it’s — are you ready for this?  Food inspired centerpieces!  While I think the above photo has an interesting look…I’m not sure I’d like it on the head table at my wedding, or at that of my daughters’ either.  I think sometimes people want to be different, and don’t know how to do it, so they take a step out there, and sometimes that step is just a little too far.

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Ok…I could see incorporating some gorgeous macaroons as a focal point/centerpiece like the ones above at a wedding, or better yet, a shower.  I just love the colors.  They scream spring, and the covered teacups lend a festive air.

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Ditto the above photo.  I think this table setting would be perfection for a bridesmaids’ luncheon. The  palate mixture of the pink flowers and tangerines is lovely.  Good enough to eat!  Maybe “The Knot” DOES know what they’re talking about…

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And this bouquet of cupcakes?  I love it!  I see this as a gorgeous small table, (say 4-8), centerpiece at a bridal shower.  Then have them do double duty as prizes for games played at said shower!  I know I’d love to win such a gift.

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And the lavish display of apples?  Perfect for a casual outdoor wedding or bridal brunch.  I think overall, there is a niche for food as a focal point or centerpiece, but it is best placed in a casual or outdoor setting.  Back to nature and all that…  If you choose to go this route at a wedding event, make sure you get some good patterns from a site like pinterest or google images.

Do It Yourself Wedding Centerpieces

 

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Let’s face it…weddings are expensive, and they always seem to cost more than we expect, OR budget… One way to save is by making Do it Yourself Wedding Centerpieces.

In the top photo, the mother of the groom made these delightful centerpieces for the Rehearsal Dinner.  She started with mason jars, then created a mercury glass mirror effect to give the jars an antique look and feel. If you’d like to have the recipe/directions,  click on the following link:  http://www.hgtv.com/handmade/easily-make-your-own-mercury-glass-votives/index.html,  They were beautiful, and added a gently refined air to the tables…AND “It was a nice way to repurpose used glass jars, vases and volitives,” to quote Debbie, mother of the groom.  The picture below showcases the finished product in more detail.

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Consider using items you already have on hand at home.  For my daughter’s bridal shower, the groom’s mother, the ever creative Debbie, used my collection of teapots as vases for our flower arrangements.  Please note the photo below.

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 Our Bridal Shower buffet table also boasts some “teapot” arrangements.  If you decide to use teapots, or other some such decorative containers, it’s advisable to use a floral frog to hold the blooms in place.  Remember to keep plenty of water in the pots, and it’s not a bad idea to put a protective coaster on precious wood tables to avoid water stains.  And keep the teapot lids close by, or use in the display (see above).  It would be easy to misplace the small items in all the flurry/and inevitable refuse of a party.

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Debbie also created this beautiful table using items we had around our homes. The white tablecloth is only paper, but she jazzed it up by covering it with white tulle.  This made for easy clean up, and no worries if we had a spill.  And of course the beautiful serving dishes and specialty china added an elegant flare.

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The above photo once more highlights Debbie’s creativeness on a shoestring.  She repurposed the purple paper these fresh blooms were wrapped in to make the lovely bow on her crystal vase!
Photo credits: Debbie Stauble Photos.