05 November 2012
Apple Orchard Centerpiece: Dramatic and Dirt CheapCategory: Entertaining
There is some scared cow of a rule about table centerpieces being no higher than 14" so your guests can converse easily without obstruction.
I say screw it.
I say, keep the base short but add all the tall wispy things you can without poking someone's eye out.
Tall wispy things don't obstruct anyone's view and they add a little drama. Stuff like this makes people feel special. Like they sitting down to something to remember.
I like that.
To make this, I just cut some stems off a bush in the yard. I'm not really sure what kind of bush it is, but I know I see them everywhere. They are especially popular in parking lots and along the sides of banks. Am I wowing you with my knowledge of horticultural splendor?
Bottom line is, I'll bet you can find some wispy green branches around somewhere. Just make sure they have a firm stem. Then, when you find them, pile up some old apples from the bottom of your pantry and make a hole in each one with a sharp knife....insert a branch in each hole and Shanana - Rama Ding Dong, you have something fabulous.
It's like eating dinner in an apple orchard.
I like to sit in each seat for a second and adjust the branches, making sure every guest has clear eyeshot of everyone at the table.
Note the gold glitter plates. Those are coming up tomorrow. Get excited!