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How To Create A Festive Holiday Table Centerpiece

How To Create A Festive Holiday Table Centerpiece || Easy tips for creating the perfect tablescape for the holidays. || @thismessisours #friendswhofete #diy

Building holiday centerpieces is officially my newest obsession and just like cooking it has become one that I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing with our friends and family this holiday season. While I’m sure there are lots of ways to build a beautiful floral centerpiece the method below is by far the easiest that I’ve tried and it works without fail. So go ahead, put on some holiday tunes, have a pair of sharp scissors at the ready to clip stems, and get to building! 

How To Create A Festive Holiday Table Centerpiece || Easy tips for creating the perfect tablescape for the holidays. || @thismessisours #friendswhofete #diy

SELECT THE GREENERY || I used to be so intimidated in the floral department, but now I can’t help but stop and check out all of the goodies every time I pop in the store. My favorite place to pick up greenery like the ones I used in these images is Trader Joe’s. I find that they are cheaper per bunch than the regular grocery or traditional florists.

My dining table is 7 feet long and I can build one of these table scapes with 4-5 bunches of greens, so if your table is larger or smaller simply adjust up or down according to your needs. The types of greenery listed below are some of my favorites to use, but feel free to branch out and use others. (Just do me a favor and leave a comment about your favorites so I can add them to my list to try! )
Leucadendron Safari Sunset || silver dollar eucalyptus|| seeded eucalyptus || baby blue eucalyptus || grevillea ivanhoe || evergreen trimmings || holly branches

How To Create A Festive Holiday Table Centerpiece || Easy tips for creating the perfect tablescape for the holidays. || @thismessisours #friendswhofete #diy

PICK OUT A FEW ANCHOR PIECES || I love dreaming up new ways to give each centerpiece its own personality. My favorite so far would have to be the vintage arrows and bells that I tucked into this year’s Thanksgiving arrangement. Below are some suggestions for you to get your imagination going, but the skies the limit! 
pine cones || ornamental gourds  || fresh/dried fruit || large florals like sugarbush flowers || bunches of smaller flowers like marigolds or Queen Anne’s Lace || candles || mini string lights  || vintage bells || arrows

How To Create A Festive Holiday Table Centerpiece || Easy tips for creating the perfect tablescape for the holidays. || @thismessisours #friendswhofete #diy

THE BUILD || Start with 2 of the larger, thicker stems of greenery, like eucalyptus, lay them out, end to end, in opposite directions the length you would like for the centerpiece to be. Lay in layers of greenery, fanning the greenery out on both sides until it is the width that you would like the final centerpiece to be. Layer in greenery until the bottom layer has completely covered the table you are building the arrangement on. Start placing in the larger anchor pieces, blooms, and natural elements like pine cones or gourds. Fill in any remaining holes with small sprigs of greenery until you feel that the centerpiece is nice and full.

How To Create A Festive Holiday Table Centerpiece || Easy tips for creating the perfect tablescape for the holidays. || @thismessisours #friendswhofete #diy

 

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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.