When entertaining during the holidays don't forget the tabletop centerpiece. It's the crowning jewel of a cocktail buffet, a family dinner or even an intimate get-together, and it's easier than you think to create a memorable display.
Vases are the traditional choice for displays of flowers and greenery, but why not try something a little different this year? Just keep in mind your interests and likes — maybe a gathering of special ornaments or vintage glassware — and create your unique piece.
From Target, Threshold melamine tiered plates are fun and functional. Centered by whimsical faux branches, dishes can be filled with cookies, candies, ornaments, pinecones or evergreen sprigs for instant atmosphere.
Most homes have a collection of candles at hand. Gather a group of white pillars atop a colorful tray or a mirrored plate for effortless chic lighting.
For an elegant look, cover candles will a clear hurricane glass and fill in around the bottom with fresh-cut greenery or small, colorful ornaments.
As always, though, when working with candles, be vigilant of fire hazards, make sure everyone knows how to stay safe and have a fire extinguisher within easy reach.
For those who relish the thought of creating their own work of tabletop art, terrariums can last beyond the holidays as a centerpiece or home accent.
Michler's florist and greenhouse in Lexington offers terrariums for sale as well as workshops where customers create their own.
"Some people prefer to pick out the plants themselves," Robin Michler said. "But we have all the supplies for the do-it-yourself route."
The greenhouse offers an array of vessels as well as plants, but Michler says customers can create centerpieces from their own collections.
"I've found that most people that come to the workshops go vintage shopping and antique shopping and they bring their own containers," he said.
In addition to terrariums, the florist offers workshops for bonsais and wreaths.