Sunday, October 22, 2017

Simple but Elegant Fall Centerpiece for Buffet

Time To Decorate For Fall

I LOVE to decorate for the holidays! Like a lot of people, Christmas has always been my big holiday with tons of decorations. It's easy for most people to decorate for Christmas. The market is flooded with everything from Elf on the Shelf to gold glittered reindeer while we Texans are still running around in tank tops and flip-flops--if you're a Houstonian you will know exactly what I mean! So last year I decided to up my ante for the fall holidays... Halloween and Thanksgiving. But, I mean Yikes! Where do you start when you'er starting from practically scratch?

Where to start???

  • Lets start in the first room you see when you walk into my plain dining room...

Pretty boring, right?

My dining room was a little bare but I had the antique buffet, a table and chairs, mirror and lamps. So then I needed the details - I think of it as the perfect jewelry to your fabulous outfit! (Btw, I tried my best to get a good picture of my entire dinning room but this was the best shot I could get. I promise to work on my photography skills!)

I recently found this great country French container at The Accessory Place in Town and Country Village-one of my favorite shops. ( It was a bit of a splurge but sooo worth it-I'm certain you will be seeing more of it- It's so versatile and I needed something that would really fill a large space.)

 I went to my local Trader Joes and HEB to get the plants. I knew I wanted something quick and easy but also elegant with high impact. I started with the Crocus (on left) and found two other smaller plants (Chrysanthemums) to throw in for filler.

 I just took them... pots and all... and stuck them in!

No one is going to look carefully at how you construct your arrangement. Just throw the plant how it comes in the pot. If it's something like Orchids, hide the containers with green moss. (I buy mine in a bag at HEB when I pick up my flowers.)

Once I put my fall arrangement together I started thinking of what I could do to tweak it for Halloween.  I was stumped! It was beautiful...for Thanksgiving--but what about Halloween?

And then the light bulb went on and I had that moment...the moment of Ah -Ha...that moment when everything is right in the world...when the clouds part and the ray of sunshine washes your face...

Okay, maybe that's a little dramatic...but you know what I mean!

I just happened to have picked up an orange and black glitter Boo sign at Michaels for a wreath.

 I decided it would look perfect just propped up on the white container!!! 

How easy is that???

And then I had my second ah-ha moment...

 I remembered that I had a orange glittery witch broom somewhere in my craft closet. I had bought two actually because I thought they would come in handy.


 I added a black and orange bow on it, stuck it in the back and Voila! An amazing centerpiece that looks like a million bucks...or at least I think so (crickets chirping.)

A few things to think about:

If you are a beginner with texture think- smooth and rough. Notice the smooth shiny container and the rough pumpkin. The broom stick defiantly adds rough texture and contrasts nicely with the smooth plant leaves and the ceramic container. Also, the glittery orange broomstick ties into the glittery Boo sign. The ribbon ties into the black and orange theme with the satin ribbon and black velvet dots.

 A lot of people don't realize that contrast is just as important as texture. It took me forever to figure out that contrast can make things pop and keeps your colors pallet from becoming muddied down. In my dinning room I had all the fall colors: orange, yellow and lots of brown. Brown buffet and brown table. I needed the white ceramic container to stand out or pop out from the browns and oranges. Also, I knew if I put that black and orange Boo sign in front of the white it would really pop too! You want to make sure if you are standing at a distance you can still have some features stand out.

Always decorate in odd numbers. 3's and 5's are your new lucky numbers.
  • Use bubble wrap, scrunched up plastic bags or anything you can think of to fill up the bottom and provide support for your plants.
  • You don't need to spend a lot of money on everything. Just buy that one plant that makes a statement and go cheap on the rest.
  • Don't forget to think about texture and contrast.
  • Take your container with you to get the right size and amount.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for advice. Just be honest and explain that you want to learn to do your own arrangement's but don't know the first thing about plants. I have found most people are happy to give you some advice.

So I hope you enjoyed my post. Since I'm new to blogging I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas and feedback in the comments below. Also, Pinning is appreciated!

Happy Decorating,


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