As with everything in this party, the Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree Centerpieces incorporate items found in nature.
I especially wanted to include some of my beloved moss into the centerpieces for my two seating tables! If you’ve been working your way through the Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree posts, you’ve heard me wax eloquent on the subject.
My love of foraging has produced an extensive “stash” of items from the forest floor for me to use in my home decor and entertaining.
But, how do you start to design a centerpiece for any party, no matter the theme or purpose?
Well, the size and shape of the table(s) on which the centerpieces will be used is the most important aspect to consider in the designing process.
I’m using two round tables, with a maximum diameter of 48 inches and each seating four guests. So I decided the centerpieces would be round, and on the small side, so as to not interfere with the rest of the tablescape.
NAN’S TIP: TO DETERMINE THE DIAMETER OF YOUR CENTERPIECE, SET THE TABLE WITH THE NUMBER OF PLATES YOU’LL BE USING. THAT SHOWS YOU HOW MUCH SPACE YOU HAVE LEFT FOR GLASSWARE, PLACE CARDS, AND OF COURSE, THE CENTERPIECE. PLACE AN OBJECT IN THE CENTER TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF HOW LARGE YOU WANT YOUR CENTERPIECE TO BE.
Okay, so now I knew they would be round, with a maximum diameter of 7-8 inches.
Hmmm… my brain started whirring just like my computer as it boots up in the morning. I had already thoroughly torn through all my crafting supplies and knew I didn’t have anything that I could use as a base.
Since I live on top of a mountain in Western North Carolina, I don’t exactly live near a Michael’s Craft Store. Our nearest “store” is a country convenience store at the bottom of the mountain, a 30 minute round-trip drive.
So I’ve developed my own method of “shopping” during the creative process for my personal entertaining and projects.
I chose to use 6-inch grapevine wreaths (6-pack), because I knew after adding embellishments, it would not extend past my 7-8 inch diameter limit.
I start with my Amazon Prime or Michael’s shopping cart. As I see things, I’ll add them as I go along. Sometimes the span of a week will transpire before I actually go through the cart and decide what I’ll keep.
This process gives me great freedom to add anything I think might work for one of the party elements. It lets my creative juices keep flowing until I’m completely satisfied that I’ve figured out what I’ll be using for each individual project.
It can get a little crazy, with two or more projects going simultaneously, and the cart can be several pages long!
As a lifestyle blogger, I’m always working on “the next post”! It’s always a fabulous feeling to find my “Amazon Prime” shipment waiting for me! Talk about a time saver!
Once I received the wreaths, I could see they needed more than one to form enough of a base for the centerpiece.
I’d stack two of them for the base, using a piece of cardboard cut to size and glued on for the bottom of the base.
You can see in the image above, I just traced around the wreath, cut it out and glued it to the bottom wreath. (yes, it’s from one of our pizza’s!)
Next I gathered various elements from my stash:
NAN’S TIP: GLUE SOME TYPE OF MOSS TO THE SIDES OF THE BASE FIRST TO FORM A SMOOTHER SURFACE. THIS MAKES IT MUCH EASIER TO ATTACH YOUR DECORATIVE ELEMENTS.
Now, what kind of lighting will you put inside your centerpiece?
I didn’t purchase my candle holders until my centerpieces were finished, so I could see what the finished “hole” size was. I know it seems counter-intuitive, but it’s much easier to buy a candle holder for the hole size.
If you’ll be using some you already own, then of course, you’ll want to size your finished centerpiece to your holders.
I chose a pair of chunky gold mercury glass holders that would give off a lovely “glow” and add some shimmer to the surrounding tablescape.
Now it’s time for you to go get your glue gun, and start getting creative. The Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree Centerpiece is fabulous as part of the total tablescape. When combined with the place card holders and take home favors, they lend a magical “fairy-like” party vibe.
You’ll want to check out the rest of the fabulous “end-of-the-Summer” soiree posts. It’s a fabulous way to celebrate a magical “fairy-like” evening with friends and family.
I don’t think you’re going to want to miss reading the master post for my Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree.
You’ll get the whole scoop on how I hosted an intimate dinner party to celebrate the last days of Summer.
Each time I publish a new “theme party”, I’ll be posting a group of related articles simultaneously. They’ll include the gathering’s theme decor, menu, recipes, invitations, theme craft projects, and guest favors. It’s everything you’ll need to tap into your own creativity.
Each recipe and craft project come with their own printable “how-to” cards for your convenience.
Here’s what you’ll find waiting for you:
I’ve put together an incredible party to help you and your friends celebrate the last waning days of Summer. Go forth and celebrate!
I like to think, that if you unleash your creativity and use my recipes and tips that you can host and enjoy your own Fairies in the Forest Twilight Soiree this summer too.
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