Simple, and Stylish Wedding Reception Centerpiece: Craft
This simple, yet elegant table centerpiece is a great way to
make a fancy "to do" at each table, without breaking the
This is so easy, even a child can do it! I had my 8 year old
son help me. For my own wedding, we picked up stemware at our
local thrift stores. The idea wasn't to have every table look
exactly the same, but rather for each table to be a variation on
a theme. If you're looking for a more unified appearance, please
make sure your count is accurate and buy everything you need at
once, to ensure colors and shapes match.
For each centerpiece, you will need:
1 wine goblet, or other stemware
2 pieces of tulle 9-12" in width (either square or circle)
2 contrasting curling ribbons approximately 10-14" long
1-3 tea light candles (the 7-hour floating type)or other floating
candles, depending on the width of the glass
1. Stack the tulle pieces. If you are using square pieces,
turn one of the pieces so that you have an 8-point star shape. It
will add more visual appeal to the finished project. You might
consider using 2 diferent colored pieces of tulle to add a more
2. Center the glass on the tulle. We're about to tie the tulle
around the base of the glass, but before we do, we need to get
our ribbons ready.
3. Take the 2 lengths of ribbon and pull them together. Make
sure they are not twisted. You want one color on the "inside" and
the other on the "outside" so that when we tie them around the
stem of the glass, we have a beautiful contrasting mix of
4. Pull up the tulle and secure it in place with the ribbon.
Tie a knot to secure the ribbon to the stem. Now make a bow and
pull the ribbons apart so that your bow has more volume. Curl the
ends of your curling ribbon and arrange the curls around the base
of the glass.
5. Fill your goblet with water. You might consider coloring
your water with a bit of food coloring to match your wedding
6. Float the candle(s) on top of the water. Light the candles
as the reception begins. Look for long-burning floating candles.
You don't want your candles burning out just as dinner ends. A
single candle floating on water will gravitate to the edge of the
glass. Try to find glasses big enough to float 2-4 candles
safely. Too much heat may damage fragile stemware, so use
For a more elegant look, arrange goblets of different heights
on the same table or change the level of the water in each glass
to create the illusion of height. You can also decorate your
tulle with beads, or find tulle that is already adorned with
sequins or beads. Use your imagination and create something
perfect for your special occasion. Place the goblet on a mirrored
coaster to create a beautiful reflection of light.
Good luck, and best wishes on your special day.
Lisa Robbin is the Director of Product Development for
the giving candle, the maker of Heavenly Gems resin-based
clear candles. Lisa writes articles on all things candle related
in an effort to educate consumers about making the most out of
their candle purchases.
You can email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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