Monday, February 28, 2011

Random Centerpiece Ideas

I thought I'd share some random centerpiece ideas I've created in my pre-blog era using large glass vases/hurricanes. Maybe they will inspire you for an upcoming occasion/event you have planned.

About 3 years ago, my daughter got her certification as a Medical Radiologic Technologist (X-ray Tech) and we hosted a buffet dinner for family/friends to help celebrate her graduation.  This is how I decorated the buffet table.
 I printed pics of x-rays found on the internet and cut them to fit inside large glass cylinder vases.
 I added a "graduation cap" I made out of construction paper to the top of a wine glass and rolled paper dotted with gold stars and tied with ribbon to form a "diploma" was placed alongside.
 I tried to have all the decorations/tablecloths, etc in black, white and gray (like x-ray colours).  I placed white mini-lights under sheer fabric behind the glass vases.  This looked great at night though I didn't take any pics!

This was when I was first getting 'into' tablescaping and I didn't have near the items I have now and mostly shopped the house for random black & white things that would work.

Below is a centerpiece I created for Mr. Delight's birthday dinner one year awhile back. Again, I used my large cylinder vases, placing white pillars and faux ice chips in the bottom. I wrapped up little Lego blocks (that my children used to play with MANY years ago) with wrapping paper and ribbon to represent little presents.

Pretty simple setting (being pre-Blog and real life) for just the Mr., our son and me! 

This is the Pineapple Lush Cake I made for his birthday cake.

Here is a look at a beach-themed dinner party we hosted one summer when the weather wasn't cooperating and we had to have it indoors!   The large hurricanes were filled with sand, shells and coloured glass beads.  A lantern with shells and a white pillar sits in the middle.

A bamboo runner and shell plates add to the beach theme.  The martini glass on the side is filled with sand and shells and acts as the placecard holders.
 The candles at each place setting are floating in water with pebbles/sand/shells and glass beads.
I highly recommend getting any type of these glass cylinder vases/hurricanes as they come in very handy for creating centerpieces for any occasion.
I've picked mine up here and there over the years including Thrift stores, grocery stores, drug stores and gift boutiques.  These large ones were by Partylite but unfortunately are no longer available through them.

I will be linking this post to Marty's Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life and Susan's Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch. Be sure to check out these great blogs!


Denise said...

Wow! Now that was some graduation party! She must have loved the lanterns. In fact, I bet everybody did. What a kick.

Like the idea of using legos for tiny presents.

This was a fun blog with lots of different ideas.

Carolyn @ Adrift on the Lake said...

LOVED the photos of the graduation party! Loved all the photos actually. I keep looking at large glass vases but then I think I wouldn't have a clue as to what to do with them. Now you've inspired me to go and get some! I really enjoyed this post!

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing your ideas with us! I especially LOVE the Beach Themed table. The blues are some of my favorite colors along with all the seashells to use in the Summer and who can resist the beach!

Women of Worth said...

loved the beach theme! great ideas! Very pretty.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Well that was fun! I love all the inspiration!

Kathleen said...

You are so creative! Love seeing all your ideas!

xinex said...

Your xray centerpiece is awesome. What a creative idea! Love all your centerpieces showing us the versatility of the glass cylinders.....Christine

Marlis said...

Great graduation party. I love the idea of the xrays! Also the birthday party... you are sooo clever and have a flair for setting a beautiful table.

we three dogs and me said...

You are very creative lady. You inspire me to do better tablescapes

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Your daughter's graduation party must have been such fun! That table is so creative, and the food looks wonderful!! Your husband's birthday cake also looks great; you must be quite a cook. Thanks for sharing these neat pictures from previous tablescapes; it's so nice when everyone can share and exchange ideas.

I appreciate your kind comments on my "Juliet" tablescape two weeks ago. I had intended to do a table this week, but have been sick with a cold. So I'm already planning for next week. I am also going to post a tutorial for the heart napkin fold on Susan's Met Monday blog, if you'd like to stop by for a look. Have a great weekend!


Marigene said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderfully creative ideas with us.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
You are so creative!!with all your Tablescapes sweet lady! I love your xray centerpiece! I hope you have a Great Weekend~~~

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

You are so very creative! I love your St. Patrick's day banner! I am thinking of having a 'high tea' to celebrate the Royal Wedding on April 29...wish I had you here to help me come up with a table and menu! Angie xo

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So many wonderful tables -- thanks for sharing.


Such creativity! I love all the beautiful tables. The food looks yummy...your hubby's cake looks like I would stick my finger in it!!! Thanks for sharing, it's wonderful, a dining delight, alright.


marilyn scott said...

Those Christmas table decorations featuring candles and greens are sooo beautiful. They create the warm ambiance... so soothing.