Accessorizing with a few fancy baubles before guests arrive is standard procedure. But how about grabbing some extra pieces for the tabletop, too? Jeanne Benedict, host of DIY Network's Weekend Entertaining, shows us how to glam up vases with items from a jewelry box.
David Tutera, event planner and host of WE TV's My Fair Wedding, is known for transforming events from mangy to magnificent. No surprise that he was bursting with clever ideas for making over our bare dining table. His idea: Place a block of floral foam on a cake stand and prick stems of leaves, vines and greens through it. Add a few colorful flowers in between the greens, and top with a glass dome for a terrariumlike effect. Have leftover blooms? Lay them on small saucers or bread plates around the table.
Paper may be flat, but star stylist and interior designer Robert Verdi showed us it's not one-dimensional. He used basic printer paper to create these rumpled-chic topiaries. Cut and paste your own the day before a party, so they have plenty of time to dry. Shred a hefty amount of paper in colors you like, or pick up some pre-shredded paper from a craft store. Drizzle glue on one side of a Styrofoam ball and roll it in a pile of the cuttings, pressing lightly to adhere. Fill in any bare spots and repeat on the other sides. Cover as many foam balls as you like, then let dry. Pile them on top of one another with dowels (or chopsticks!) and place in flowerpots or cluster in the center of the table.
There's no reason to hide your mismatched stemware in the back of the cabinet anymore! With just a few flips of the glass, designer Annie Selke -- owner of home furnishings company Pine Cone Hill (pineconehill.com) -- created a modern candle-and-flower arrangement that we're just crazy about for a warm-weather wedding. Her idea: Place your goblets upside down on a table, tuck large blooms underneath and top with colorful votives. It may only take a few seconds to pull together, but the elegant impact will last all night.
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Poinsettias are staples for a holiday wedding, but a bit Captain Obvious. For a fresher take, trim those leafy stems and cast away that flimsy foil container, says floral designer Jane Packer. Jane's Idea: Stack two or three cake stands, cover the tiers with red votives and snipped poinsettia leaves, and top with a red pillar candle. We love the goth look of black stands, but you can lighten it up for the reception by using white or cream-colored ones.
We were stopped cold when we saw this inventive centerpiece from Serge P?loquin, artistic director of the H?tel de Glace (a resort made entirely of ice and snow) in Quebec, Canada. All it takes to create custom ice vases is a few milk or juice cartons and a little help from the freezer. Fill cardboard cartons with water. Dip a thin, circular object, like a wooden spoon handle, into the center (to create a hole) and tape it in place. Freeze overnight. Remove, then peel away the carton. Place flowers into the hole of each ice block and set on rimmed plates to catch any melting water.
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Daring designer Genevieve Gorder worked decorating miracles on The Learning Channel's Trading Spaces, and she did the same with this centerpiece, which will look beautiful for a casual wedding: Her arrangement comes together for about $6! The ingredients: a cheap bunch of supermarket flowers, a bag of colorful dried beans and some tall glasses from your cabinet. Fill each glass with a 2- to 3-inch layer of beans and add a few tablespoons of water. Trim one flower stem to fit inside each glass, then arrange the "vases" down the center of the table. Bonus: After the party's over, tell guests to take these home as favors.
You have to love a man who can make a toilet brush look chic. Architect Michael Graves -- designer of the iconic Alessi "Whistling Bird" teakettle and some equally stylish kitchen and bathroom wares for Target -- answered our call for a simple winter-wedding centerpiece with this bright idea. Graves uses nothing more than a few martini glasses, silver taper candles, Hershey's Kisses and some greens plucked from the tree. You don't need a fancy fabric runner. Just use wrapping paper.
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For the Birds
For the bride with a natural wedding theme, we asked designer Angela Adams (angelaadams.com) to whip up a centerpiece that brings the outdoors in. Famous for her nature-inspired rugs, handbags and bedding, the Maine native created this tablescape with twigs, spray paint and plastic birds. Re-create the look with a quick trip to the craft store and a walk in the woods.
After a day at the beach, bringing the ocean home is as easy as emptying your pockets. We collected shells, starfish and beach grass -- and dipped into our sand pail -- for this summery centerpiece that fits in perfectly for a beachy-themed wedding. And these materials last, so you'll be set for a breezy get-together long past your nuptials.
Michael Moloney decorates an entire home in one week on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, so we figured the seasoned designer would be able to dress up a wedding reception table in about three seconds. We were right. His idea: Drop some lemons and limes into clear glasses and vases -- whatever you have around the house -- and top with water.
This autumnal wedding centerpiece is as easy as picking up a few extra bags of lentils at the supermarket. Designer Mark Brunetz -- who helps bring order to homes on The Style Network show Clean House -- grabs some juice glasses and orange votive candles and ties it all together with raffia from the craft store.
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Designer Lulu Guinness (luluguinness.com), famous for her whimsical accessories, put her usual flair on the table when she came up with this romantic centerpiece, perfect for the middle of your wedding reception's tables -- votive candles and a vintage mirror with lavender roses. To re-create the look, use your favorite flowers and any candles and mirrors. If you're worried about having food stuck in your teeth, a glance at the table will reveal all.
How to Make an Martini Glass Centerpiece
Let guests do more than sip on martini glasses, use them to dress up your table, too! Watch and learn how to make this simple centerpiece.