An eye-catching decor or centerpiece doesn't need to be an expensive, frustrating monstrosity! Here are a couple of little hints and tips to hopefully make your decorating day a bit easier if you haven't already planned it!
- Grouping lots of small things together can create a wonderful bigger piece overall. For some reason, I prefer my groups to have an odd number of things - 3 glass bottles, 7 mini plant pots, etc. If you only have an even number of something, add a little bauble, ornament or small trinket to the mix that will match the style and color.
- Elevate it! It's not just about creating more room on your table. Sometimes, less is more. Creating different heights on a table using cake platters. You can make your own by joining together a candlestick and a plate, essentially. If you've got the time, go ahead and paint it, but we've used IKEA candlesticks with wide mouths and just stacked our dishes on top. It's meant to be a last minute, temporary fix after all!
- Bring Nature indoors with potted plants, flowers, sprigs and berries depending on what the season is for you. No point fussing about holly and berries too much if you're smack in the middle of Summer like we are here in the Southern hemisphere!
- Light some candles and tealights, and place them in colored glassware or jars. If you have empty wine bottles lying around, you've got a ready-to-go taper candle holder that you can cover with paint, plaster, glitter.. or all of the above!
- Fairy lights, fairy lights, fairy lights! Or string lights. Whatever you call them.. they don't just belong on the Christmas tree! I'm talking about the plain white ones (I think they go well with any decor compared with multi-colored ones) Battery-powered ones for the table, or chuck a strand in a glass or mason jars and bottles. We attached ours to our entry doorway and also have some secured under the overhanging counter top in our kitchen island breakfast bar thingie. Ups the ante on FESTIVE a whole new level ;)
- Personalize it! Decorate large cork coasters/pot mats/stands/sheets with metallic or white paint pens and personalize each one with your guests' names as a take-home keepsake at the end of your gathering. Doodle anything from asterisks to a caricature on the cork.. it will all look amazingly cute regardless.
- And last of all, BAKE your centerpiece :) Here's an example of our little gingerbread tree from a few years back for a cozy lunch we had with just 4 of us around the balcony table. The snowman on top was born when I didn't know what else to do with the leftover gingerbread dough...