This season, my daughter started working for a company that sells home decor and I must say, it has been a while, with kids moving in and out and my job, that I even thought too much about decorating as I did when I was younger. I purchased a large crystal bowl from my daughter, about 10 inches in diameter. I placed a candle in the center and surrounded the candle with 1 1/2 inch gold Christmas balls. I needed some type of greenery around the bowl to complete the arrangement. While shopping at Walmart, I spied all of their predecorated wreaths. One in particular was very plain, with pine branches, berries and pine cones. I bought it and brought it home. I set the bowl in the center of the wreath and whala! I had the perfect centerpiece.
Now that the holiday season is coming to an end, I have been trying to think of other arrangements that I can put in the center of my table. So in preparation I have created a wreath of English Ivy. I did this by using a hot glue gun and gluing the ivy to a straw wreath. I then located some spring flowers called a flower bush at your local craft stores. I cut the flowers off of the bush and hot glued them on the ivy wreath. I then purchased a large scented candle (8-10 inches in diameter) to place in the center of the wreath.
Another way to display candles is to use inexpensive drinking glasses that you can purchase at the dollar stores, staggering their sizes for interest. Place a votive candle in each, and surround with some strands of ivy. Simple and inexpensive.
An additional table decoration can be made with inexpensive baskets. Fill them with real fruit, artificial fruit, or you can take a variety of dinner rolls, heat in the oven at 200 degrees for about 4 hours. Spray the rolls with a clear shelac. Once dry, you can arrange them in your basket for a delightful decorative piece.
Use your imagination to come up with other ideas. Centerpieces are a way to decorate your home and you can change your centerpieces out every couple of weeks to make your home more interesting tou you and your friends.
Michele Graham-CEO and owner of Professional Healthcare Management has 41 years in the healthcare industry. She writes about business issues in all businesses and the healthcare field as well.