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Make Your Centrepiece A Conversation Piece

Four ways to dress your table MORE+ LESS-

Create your own centerpieces with flowers, candles, potted plants—even food! Use one of our simple and eye-catching ideas below.

Fresh fruit vase

What you’ll need

  • 1 bag (16 ounces) of fresh cranberries
  • 1 clear glass vase
  • 1 white mum

What to do:

  • Place cranberries in vase. Fill about half way.
  • Place white mum on top of cranberries in vase.
  • Let the conversation begin.

Rose teacups

What you’ll need

  • Absorbent floral foam block
  • Tea cups
  • Roses
  • Greenery, such as seeded eucalyptus or green ivy
  • Ribbon

What to do

  • Soak form thoroughly in water. Cut form into pieces to fit into teacups.
  • Cut roses very short so they rest on top of foam. Insert stems of roses and greenery into foam.
  • Arrange teacups on center of table. Weave ribbon loosely through teacups. Add Ivy or additional roses and petals if desired.

Chocolate truffles topiary

What you’ll need

  • Round florists' foam topiary with dowel and base, 5 inches in diameter
  • Flowerpot to fit topiary base, about 6 inches in diameter
  • Rocks to weight flowerpot
  • Toothpicks
  • 36 to 48 chocolate truffles with firm centers, about 1 1/4 inches in diameter
  • Plastic wrap or aluminum foil
  • 2 to 3 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 yard 1-inch-wide white and gold ribbon

What to do

  • Press topiary base securely in flowerpot (glue if necessary). Fill pot 2/3 full with rocks.
  • Insert toothpicks into topiary ball; push truffles onto toothpicks.
  • Line top of pot with plastic wrap; cover with raspberries. Tie ribbon into bow on dowel.

Green olive tree

What you’ll need

  • 5 jars (7 ounces each) pitted queen-size green olives, drained
  • 3 cups olive or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup shredded orange peel
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup orange marmalade, melted
  • 1 cone-shaped florists' foam topiary with dowel and base, 8 inches tall
  • Flowerpot to fit topiary base, about 5 inches in diameter
  • Rocks to weight flowerpot
  • Toothpicks
  • Tissue paper
  • 2 cups honey-roasted peanuts

What to do

  • Mix olives, oil, orange peel, orange juice and marmalade. Cover and refrigerate 3 to 4 hours to blend flavours.
  • Press topiary base securely in flowerpot (glue if necessary). Fill pot 2/3 full with rocks. Insert toothpicks into topiary cone; place olives on toothpicks.
  • Line top of pot with tissue paper; cover with peanuts.



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