(Closed) cranberries in centerpieces?

posted 12 years ago in Decor
Post # 4
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I wouldn’t freeze them. The consistency is really off, and though they’d be fine to eat, they don’t look the same (which is what you’re going for). I’d consider ordering fresh ones when you need them next year. I did a quick Google search and found this company ships cranberries in October. Good luck! They sound pretty.

Post # 5
4 posts
  • Wedding: June 1009

You can also go to a Sam’s Club or Costco, and they usually have bagged cranberries year round. I used them last month and the berries were very beautiful, swollen and crimson.

Post # 6
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Oooh, I was thinking about doing this for my Christmas centerpiece!  Does anyone know–do the cranberries float?  If so, does anyone have a suggestion as to how to get them to reach all the way to the bottom?  I don’t want a gap down there…maybe it’s a question of using enough cranberries?

Post # 7
2029 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Cranberries do float, so to get the at the bottom of a vase you need to freeze them in water. Use purified water and let it sit out on the counter overnight to let the oxygen come out of the water (this will help the water to freeze "clear" instead of cloudy), then gently pour a tiny bit of water into the vase and add the berries. Freeze. After it is completely frozen, repeat, adding another layer of berries and water. Keep repeating until the vase is full. I did this last year for Christmas and it worked great.

Post # 8
3331 posts
Sugar bee

If you can’t figure out how to use the frozen ones, then you might be able to find "faux" cranberries as vase fillers. Pottery Barn has them, and they look more realistic than you’d think.  We used them in a holiday centerpiece last year.




Post # 10
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - Auberge du Soleil

I don’t know about the freezing vs. fresh but I do think it is a great idea and it will look wonderful!

Post # 11
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn

I’d say find some fake cranberries to get the same effect.  I’ve been seeing them at Michael’s for a good price lately and you could stock up now.  However this whole freezing business sounds interesting.  I may have to try this…

Post # 12
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I think that if they float to the top, but you want them all at the bottom, you can just use less water.  So, the top – where they float to – will be closer to the bottom of the vase?  If it seems expensive to buy so many cranberries, maybe get thinner, more narrow vases?

Post # 14
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

here’s a centerpiece from a friend’s thanksgiving a couple years ago where she put cranberries into the centerpiece…

Post # 15
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I like the idea of using cranberries for your centerpieces. . . will that be the main element of your centerpieces or an accent?  

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