Post # 1
I have been back and forth about my centerpieces for some time. We only have an hour to decorate the morning of the wedding and the place is really pretty so we don’t need much for reception decor, but my centerpieces are hanging me up. I’d love to be able to afford real sunflowers and maybe some greens and a few other things instead of fake flowers, but I have 12 tables and the day before the wedding will just be too full I’m thinking to put them all together.
What do you think of the mock-up? Picture it, if you can, with a royal blue table cloth, yellow napkins, and iced sugar cookies in little glassine bags at each place setting. My mom is making them and icing them all and I can’t wait to see them—they’ll be gorgeous! I used a layer of black sunflower seeds and then just regular birdseed for the layers in the jar. After the wedding I’ll be able to reuse the seed for my feeders 🙂
Post # 3
Very pretty! I think it’ll look great.
Post # 4
I think it’s a really cute and unique idea. At first I thought it was a cookie dough in a jar mix, but I bet in person it is real easy to tell, and I think it will be beautiful
Post # 5
I love the seeds in the bottom – but I’m a real flowers kind of girl. Sunflowers hold up really well even after they are cut – could you order them through a local grocer and get them beforehand?
The only flowers I am doing are our bouquets – and I mention the grocer because after calling around, I ended up finding out that a lot of grocery stores get their flowers through FTD floral and can order whatever you need – they also happen to be less money than most floral shops in my experience.
I do love the design though 🙂
Post # 6
Oh and there will be 5 votive cups surrounding the jar.
christalynn11: Yeah, normally I’m a real flowers kind of girl too but I’m just not sure our budget can handle the cost. I could get flowers through a grocer, but the time it takes to arrange them with cutting, stripping of leaves and stuff we won’t have time the morning of the wedding. Also, I can’t do them ahead of time because transporting with water in them will be difficult. The two days before the wedding I will be on my own. I won’t have anyone to help me so arranging would be a disaster I think.
Post # 7
I’m not crazy about the thickness of your stripes. Could you do one thin layer of black, one thin layer of brown, thin black again and then brown for the rest? I think a more subtle layering effect could work better. I love the red ribbon though, it really pops! I agree with ordering some sunflowers from a local grocery store or florist. Maybe ask them to cut them to the right height and put those little water vials on the bottom so all you’d have to do on the day of is pop them in the jars/seed!
Post # 8
bakerella: Yeah, I need to mess with the layers. Only thing is, if I keep doing mock-ups then I’ll use all my seed and have to buy more because separating isn’t exactly easy 😉 HAHAHA Thanks for the suggestion and I’ll try that tonight. I forgot about water vials, that would cut down on time
goodness, I’m just afraid of their labor cost. When I asked how much it would cost for three sunflowers, some greens and a ribbon in a mason jar (I’d provide the ribbon and jars) King Soopers grocery store said $20/each! Um, what?
Post # 9
Curlysue – Maybe for your mockups put a layer of wax paper or parchment between each to help keep them seperated? I don’t know if it would work or just slide outbut you could try!
Post # 10
I think they look awesome. You could vary the layers a bit for some variety, but I think they look fine regardless.
If you’re worried about them looking plain, remember that you will have a lot going on already on the tables – a simple centerpiece will be perfectly gorgeous.
Post # 11
Another idea to keep things separated for mock ups, use sandwich bags. Granted when the bags are inside the jar you would see the plastic and might not lay exactly right but you would get the idea and it would keep the seed separated.
I do love the idea, I also think real would look better though.
Post # 12
I love the sunflowers and I love the mason Jars but I am not at all crazy about the seeds…….. Have you tried just perhaps using some just in the bottom and not filling up the entire vase? Or how about putting them in water? I know the stems are fake but what kind of stems are they?
I think some raffia to replace the red ribbon would look awesome as well
Post # 13
Shyness: Good idea about the baggies! Duh, why I didn’t think of that I don’t know. 🙂
Future Mrs. Harless: The stems are very thin and have this fake fuzzy stuff on them like real sunflowers have—but the stems are quite pathetic. The reason for the red ribbon was to add color and also because it’s one of my colors: blue and yellow with a bit of red. The raffia would just not work I think since I want the bright red pop of color.
Post # 14
I think those are very pretty. I worry about transportation of them and the “shaking” that will be involved into the car ride may mix up the birdseed. Why not just use one color per vase? Want to save on the amount birdseed, then insert toilet paper rolls in the center of the mason jar and fill in the birdseed around it!
You can also use candy in the jar like M&M’s, lemon drops, cherry drops, etc.
I say run with it though. I love fresh flowers also, but when push comes to shove, and you don’t have time, better to have silk and them be “fresh” instead of going real and have them “limpy” looking!
I’m sure people will be raving on the centerpieces and you can say, “I made them myself” and be so proud!
Post # 15
I would move heaven and earth to have real sunflowers! Sunflowers are very hardy and don’t require any “Stripping” like other flowers do. You just hack them off at the right height and shove them in a jar. Easy. Here in TX they are about $10 for 5 or 6 stems of BIG sunflowers. Go for real flowers, I don’t think you will regret it.
If you have 12 tables @ 3 stems each that is 36 sunflowers, divided by 6 sunflowers a bunch, that is 6 bunches X $10. It is SO worth the $60 to me to have real flowers.
Post # 16
@Miss Leopard: Although I’m so nervous to do it, I think I’m going to go for real flowers! 🙂 I know I said above that I was not going to be able to or didn’t think I could—but damnit, I’m just gonna and take some money from elsewhere. I’m also going to make my bouquet because the florist just tried to rob me I swear. I found out at the grocery store here in town I can get a bundle of 5 sunflowers for $6.99 so I’m excited to use them. I’m also thinking about ordering through Sam’s Club too so we’ll see. Good point about not needing to strip the stems, I forgot about that! Just some big leaves if I do or don’t want them!