Post # 1
i made centerpieces for my grandfather’s catered 80th birthday party and family reunion last weekend, and i could not be happier with the way the turned out.
this was my very first time making centerpieces or arranging flowers in any way, and i avoided a trial run because i am stingy. so, up to the day of the event, i was a tad (read: VERY) stressed about how they would look.
i bought the vases for $4.99 each and two spools of ribbon for around $2 each at michael’s. the (meyer) lemons are from my parent’s backyard (they were so excited to have an excuse to use the lemons because we always have WAY more than we can even use and that dang tree produces fruit all year round… everyone should have a lemon tree!)
i bought the roses from costco (i was SO happy about the brightness of the yellow ones), and the irises are from trader joes.
so, with no further ado, PICTURES!:
on the table
and the next day. they kept so nicely over night. in fact, the roses had bloomed more, and i think they looked even better the next day.
if anyone is considering this route for diy centerpieces, i definitely think making them the day before would be a great route. apparently the lemons actually help to keep the flowers fresh.
i do suggest keeping them in the fridge, though, if you have space.
Post # 3
hmm… sorry that first pic is so huge.
Post # 4
oh, here’s a step-by-step if anyone’s interested:
 cut lemons in half and put four halves (or how many fit best) as a bottom row. there should be a space in the middle big enough to stick the flowers in.
 arrange flowers, and stick them in between the lemons in the bottom row.
 use smaller lemon halves for the top and stick them in around the flower stems.
Post # 5
They look beautiful! Good job! Are you going to be making something similar for your wedding?
Post # 6
thanks, haha, i feel like a proud mother. 🙂
i am really considering doing these for my wedding, but have a few major drawbacks:
 my colors are raspberry, mango, and pool, so the lemons wouldn’t necessarily go, and  most (or all) of my family was at the party last weekend, so they have already seen these and won’t be quite as impressed to see them again.
however, after seeing how well it all went, i would hate to pay a florist so much for something i now know i can do. so, we’ll see.
Post # 7
WOW! I’m so impressed….good work!
Post # 8
lovely! we’re using lemons in our centerpiece design as well, but are leaving them whole – just piling them in a very low blue & white floral bowl. we’ll use small bright pink blossoms sprinkled on the lemons to make them pop. i love the look of cut lemons, though.
perhaps you could try oranges and/or kumkuats instead of lemons for your wedding (more of a match with mango)?
Post # 9
I’ve always wondered what a lemon centerpiece looked like, every since watching The Breakup!
ANISTON: You got three lemons.
VAUGHN: What my baby wants my baby gets, you know that.
ANISTON: Yeah, but I wanted 12. Baby wanted 12.
VAUGHN: Why would you want 12 lemons?
ANISTON: Because I’m making a 12 lemon centerpiece.
VAUGHN: So no one’s even eating them, they’re just — they’re show lemons?
ANISTON: Yeah. They’re just show lemons. Shown in the center of the table. Glad you find that amusing. But I cannot fill a vase with only three.
VAUGHN: Well, can’t you use like a drinking glass?
ANISTON: I can’t use a drinking…
VAUGHN: We could have a smaller version of a centerpiece.
ANISTON: I’m not going to use a drinking glass for our centerpiece.
VAUGHN: You know what. I’ve got an idea. Why don’t we go ahead and scratch the centerpiece idea altogether because the chicken, that burnt my mouth, could maybe use a little bit of lemon on top of it. Guess what? Now we made a better meal versus something visually nice to look at.
Post # 10
ooo, i love the idea of using oranges to match your colors! perhaps if the vases are different, and the fruit is different, it’ll look unique enough that your family won’t care too much. good job!! i love them. 🙂 i too made my own centerpieces… and i’m very glad i did! it’s just so much cheaper, and not that hard.
Post # 11
Oh I love the centerpieces. Very well done!
Post # 12
very cute! i’m planning on doing something similar with limes (my colors are black, white, and green). how much would you say that each centerpiece cost?
Post # 13
thanks everyone! missm: that’s a great idea, i’ll toy around with other fruits and see what i can do.
briannie: for the four of them, (and a TON of extra flowers) they ended up being just under $17 each. 🙂
Post # 14
Very well done. Beautiful and economical. You should try to use some other type of fruits or maybe even vegetables for your wedding centerpieces. If it aint broke, why fix it?!