IDEAS FOR TABLE
Decorative arrangements can be the
finishing touch to a dining table or home but they don't always have to be
flowers nor do they have to be in cut glass vases; with a little imagination
the options are endless. It is important to make sure that you keep your
display in proportion to its surrounding area e.g. don't use an eggcup in
the middle of a dining table or a large watering can on a small end table.
Here are a few suggestions using everyday items and
which are simple to make.
for flower arrangements:
Flowers are fairly reasonably
priced and are widely available; you may be lucky enough to
have some in the garden, alternatively you can always use artificial
large water jugs, cups, small tin buckets, teapots - in fact
anything container that can hold water can be used to make original
the simplest and cheapest displays to make is to put some water into
an attractive, shallow dish and then scatter flower petals on the
top (rose petals are ideal for this). Flower heads such as
gerberas and germinis can also be used instead of the petal.
Add ribbon or
beads to plainer pots or vases to create additional colour and
Clear glass jars, tumblers and vases:
earlier, you don't have to use flowers in fact, more interesting
displays can be made using more unusual objects. The choice is
endless and only limited by your imagination.
Gravel, marbles, shells, stones, sand, buttons in
a clear glass
jar, tumbler or container creates an unusual centrepiece.
selection of the above into a clear glass vase and then add a couple
of flowers, feathers, grasses, or twigs to make an eye catching yet
also arrange several containers together; it looks best if they are
of differing heights.
Twigs and branches:
Tall containers, such as an attractive
empty wine bottle or spaghetti jar, work well with twigs and grasses.
If you are lucky enough to be able to
find or buy an interesting piece of driftwood this can be used to make an interesting
and highly original natural centrepiece.
Twigs sprayed in silver and gold are
ideal for decorating festive tables. Baubles, glitter, sweets and small gifts can
also be added.
|Candles are always
a popular choice; there is a wide range available in a choice
of different colours and sizes so it is easy to find something that
matches your particular colour scheme and/or theme.
Purpose made candle sticks and
available ranging from the elegant and stylish to those housing tea
lights. It is wise to take into consideration the amount of space
available when making your choice.
Candles can also be included
in floral arrangements, they can just be inserted into florists foam
and the flowers and foliage arranged around them. If you
intend to light the candles ensure there are no flammable materials
within the arrangement.
Pour a little water into a shallow dish, bowl or
even a small fishbowl then add some floating candles. These
are available in many different shapes and colours. For additional
interest include a base of stones, shells, gravel and/or sand.
Fruit and vegetables:
As fruit and vegetables come in a wide
range of shapes, colours and sizes they make the most natural and beautiful
centrepiece for any table.
As well as oranges, lemons and limes
think about slightly more unusual varieties such as avocados, artichokes, and lemons
as their strong colours and shapes will add interest and colour to any
Group together several clear glass
containers, add water and then float some fresh apples to make an
Plates, Trays and Platters:
As can be seen from the above, there
is no limit as to what can be used to make unique and interesting table
Items such as candles or fruit placed
on an stylish china plate, basket, ceramic or mirrored tile, silver tray or
board can create a quick and easy decoration.
Another variation is to collate a
number of items of the same colour but with different textures. Mixing
items of differing shapes, textures and materials creates an interesting
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