Post # 1
Ok, so I’m here at the office in the copy room at work when I noticed all the left-over flower vases that there are collecting dust. Some look like they have been here for atleast a few years. Better yet, there’s a big one tucked away in the corner wrapped in a plastic bag. And since I’ve still got “wedding” on my brain, I thought these would be the perfect addition to a wedding as centerpieces for fresh flower arrangements! When I went back to get a few snapshots I found even more in the kitchen area and a few more tucked away with the supplies in cabinets.
So I work in a federally secure building and it takes an act of Congress to take an empty box out the building, but I’m sure no one in most offices would mind. However, I’d ask before just grabbing them all up – LOL. You can offer to bring then back, but I bet no one wants them to come back in the office 🙂 If you don’t work in an office setting, I’m sure you have relatives and bridesmaids that do.
Best part is that they are FREE! Just add a little water to whatever flower you are having for the day, maybe some ribbon, lace or bow , maybe rocks or pebbles as accents. You can even add those submergible lights so that they sparkle in the evening. I’ve even seen where they add the beta-fish (which I don’t recommend, unless you want 20 new pets) Beach brides can also add sand and few seashells at the bottom.Just make sure you pour in the water sideways, not directly on the sand.
This would be a beautiful, non-traditional and eclectic addition to your tablescape. I guess way down deep somewhere I’m a vintage, artsy girl. I could see these at an outdoor wedding filled with fresh spring flowers and added leaves in the vases to thicken the garden look of the table.
There are a million ways you could use these vases as centerpieces – some may even work in a candy buffet and silk flowers. Be creative!
Post # 3
We’ve been hitting different thrift stores and flea markets etc in town and finding old looking bottles and bud vases, and even cup size decorative glass bowls for our centerpieces . They have all been about $1 each or half that. I plan on having three bottles/vases for flowers, then 2 short mason jars or bowls for nuts or mints, then 2 short for candles.
We’ve gotten enough for about 10 tables so far. And even found about 4 or 5 large glass vases that are very pretty cut glass , and still less than $4 dollars! Those will be for maybe our table and the cake table.
I started to use just mason jars ( Kerr, Bell… ) and the grocery store has a 12 pack of quart size for only about $8 . But I like the mix of pretty cut vases and old bottles.
Ours will be kind of a country / vintage feel , outdoors.
Can’t find the pic right now…
Post # 4
I bought several at the thrift atore too!! My only concern i that they may be too tall for the center of the table.
Post # 5
I found 24 of these on one floor of my office building alone. Couldn’t believe it. All shapes and sizes too. I may send out an email to the other ladies on different floors to see if they have any.
@Glow girl: I like the idea of having different sizes and heights. It would add to the dimensions of your tablescape. The Dollar Tree has smaller vases that you could always mix in. they sell them in bulk online too.