- 10 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
From Rachael Ray! Simply marvelous!!
Here’s a good excuse to splurge on sewing supplies: David Stark—event designer and author—slips spools of embroidery thread over test tubes to create homespun bud vases. Mix and match, or stack up a single color for dramatic effect. Either way, you’ll have this centerpiece all sewn up in minutes.
We’ve seen it jiggle for decades—finally, Jell-O gets to play a bigger role at the dinner table. Evette Rios, one of Rach’s go-to design gurus, elevates the translucent dessert to art with this nifty trick: Combi ne six boxes of Jell-O powder with half the amount of water specified, chill the mix in a glass vase for half an hour, then just push flowers into the semi-firm gelatin. Design your own — in any color!
Shell it Out
Vern Yip—designer and host of HGTV’s Deserving Design— has created the perfect hiding place for Easter eggs: a grassy centerpiece. Poke small holes in the eggs, drain the yolks and fill each shell with water. Add a few wildflower stems and nestle the eggs in a flat of wheatgrass.
Designer Lulu Guinness (luluguinness.com), famous for her whimsical accessories, put her usual flair on the table when she came up with this centerpiece—votive candles and a vintage mirror with lavender roses. To re-create the look, use your favorite flowers and any candles and mirrors. If you’re worried about having food stuck in your teeth, a glance at the table will reveal all.
Poinsettias are holiday staples, but a bit Captain Obvious. For a fresher take, trim those leafy stems and cast away that flimsy foil container, says floral designer and author Jane Packer. Jane’s Idea: Stack two or th ree cake stands, cover the tiers with red votives and snipped poinsettia leaves, and top with a red pillar candle. We love the goth look of black stands, but you can lighten it up by using white or cream-colored ones.
Fashion designer Liz Lange has a knack for pleasing moms. When we asked her for a centerpiece, she came up with this smart idea: arrange flowers in a teapot, and give them extra height by standing the pot on a cup.
Sock it To Me
It’s a shame that cute socks are always hidden inside a pair of shoes. Thanks to fashion and home designer Orla Kiely, our favorite toe-toppers (even those pesky orphans we pull from the dryer!) finally take center sta ge. Orla’s idea: Mix and match socks of different colors and patterns, and slip them over jars, glasses or small plant pots. Snip off the sock bottoms so the pots stand flat on the table, and fill with flowers or herbs. Try this trick with infant so cks and juice tumblers to create a mini, coffee-table version.
There’s no reason to hide your mismatched stemware in the back of the cabinet anymore! With just a few flips of the glass, designer Annie Selke—owner of home furnishings company Pine Cone Hill (pineconehill.com)—created a modern candle-and-flower arrangement that we’re just crazy about. Her idea: Place your goblets upside d own on a table, tuck large blooms underneath and top with colorful votives. It may only take a few seconds to pull together, but the elegant impact will last all night.
David Tutera, event planner and host of WE TV’s My Fair Wedding, is known for transforming events from mangy to magnificent. No surprise that he was bursting with clever ideas for making over our bare di ning table. His idea: Place a block of floral foam on a cake stand and prick stems of leaves, vines and greens through it. Add a few colorful flowers in between the greens, and top with a glass dome for a terrariumlike effect. Have leftover blooms? Lay them on small saucers or bread plates around the table.