At our chic hotel Maison Astor Paris, a tabletop arrangement of terrariums inspired me to make my own. I bought large and medium-sized glass globes and succulents to add to the vessels and plants I already had at home. I also picked up small, white rocks, soil and moss. On a walk, I found fallen pine boughs and plan to scatter tiny pine cones around the succulents. Guess what’s doubling as Thanksgiving centerpieces?
Last month, Hubby and I hosted a big family event. Hon, you know what I love about a party besides celebrating happy occasions with friends and family? The theme! I love coordinating colors and carrying the theme through the details. It fires up my imagination.
Since the theme of the party was Broadway shows, the Manhattan skyline became a design element on the favors, large scale decorations and the centerpieces. I created the vessels and then handed them off to florist Kristen Carlberg*, who brought my vision of happy, bright, colorful bouquets to life. I must give a shout out to my good friend, Ina Wallman*. Not only does she have an exquisite eye for design, she helped me focus my many ideas into one cohesive plan.
Each table was set with cream tablecloths and fuchsia napkins. Round tables featured one larger (6 inches by 6 inches) centerpiece while larger oval tables featured three smaller (5 inches by 5 inches) centerpieces, lined up in a row.
*If you are interested in getting in touch with florist, Kristen Carlberg or interior designer, Ina Wallman, please leave a comment or email me at email@example.com and we’ll exchange contact info.
Happy decorating, hon!
–Unfinished wooden boxes. I bought mine at G & G Distributors, a wholesale floral and craft store and website.
–White paint. I used leftover water-based wall paint, semi-gloss.
–Paintbrushes or foam brushes.
–Decorations to wrap around the boxes.
–Varnish, optional. (I didn’t varnish the boxes, but wish I did. Water-based paint tends to run when water touches it.)
–Glass inserts for flowers and water. The florist supplied these. She measured the insides of the boxes ahead of time so she’d know what sizes to get. The unfinished wooden boxes came with thin, plastic liners. If I was using floral green foam, then the plastic liners might have sufficed, but they wouldn’t hold cut flowers in water.
–Gather supplies, including wrap-around stickers or whatever you are using for decorating the boxes. Hubby has a talent for graphic design so he worked up a Manhattan skyline and ordered the custom-designed stickers an online site. Or a paper design (not on paper that’s too thin) that coordinates with your theme can be used. Paper designs can be secured around the perimeter of the boxes using craft glue.
–Measure designs by wrapping them around boxes and cutting them to fit. They’ll be ready to apply once the boxes are painted and dry.