Friday, July 11, 2008

Creating the Perfect Centerpieces

(photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens)

A party may be good, but it isn't spectacular without the perfect centerpiece!

Where do I even begin on this topic? You may have thought you were done with centerpieces once your wedding was over, but, honestly, that was just a warm up! Every gathering you have should include a centerpiece, and not just any centerpiece, but a masterpiece!

The centerpiece is the defining characteristic of your gathering. It sets the mood and creates your ambience. For example, at our Cookies For A Cause gala every year, our centerpiece is an extravagant display of uniquely designed cookie jars, each representing a different charity - in other words, it tells our story.

Your centerpiece by no means needs to be flowers, it can be anything really so long as it captures the essence of your affair! For example, you can use floating rubber duckies at a baby shower,

(photo courtesy of

Or, a jester hat for a Mardi Gras party:

Whatever your style, keep it fun and creative!

You don't have to spend a lot of money and the internet has fabulous resources for ideas. One place I found is Google Images.

I also found a great craft supply store, which has lots of unique items for great prices.

Share with us your centepiece ideas, we'd love to hear about them!

(jester photo courtesy of Love To Know)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think a center focal point or centerpiece should always be with the theme! or flowers if no theme is used. We just did a flower garden theme for my youngest bday party and we had a picket fence, garden display for the food and grass mats for food platter. I think it makes the event come together. :)
thanks for posting some new sites for me to go to!

Easy Chicken Pasta

Easy Chicken Pasta

What's For Supper Ya'll?

White Beans, Pasta and Chicken
8 ounces dried cavatappi, fusilli, rotini, ditaloni, or other short pasta tubes
1 15- to 19-ounce can cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
12 ounces cooked chicken, shredded
1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional - I usually skip it)
Olive oil (optional - but I recommend at least a little for moisture)
1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; drain well and set aside.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine 3/4 cup of the beans and the chicken broth. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Place bean puree in pan used for cooking the pasta; bring to boiling. Return pasta to pan.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook garlic in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining beans, shredded chicken, snipped parsley, pepper and salt. Heat through.
4. Add the tomato mixture to hot pasta; toss to cost. Top with parsley sprigs and additional olive oil. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
Posted by Stacy Nelson, Easy Dinner

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