Allison Howard: If you're entertaining this holiday season, a few small touches can make all the difference. Today we'll show you how to make a decorative centerpiece that will wow all your guests.
There are tons of options when deciding on a centerpiece. A traditional vase of flowers is always a beautiful look. Try and keep the height between 12 and 14 inches so it doesn't hinder conversation. Start by placing thick stem flowers in a vase, then fill with thinner more delicate stem flowers like posies.
An alternative to flowers is branches. This makes for a rustic festive look especially in the fall when the leaves are changing. Clip the branches just before your party begins to prevent the leaves from falling. Wrap the ends of the branches in damp paper towels and place them in a sturdy opaque vase.
If you want to keep it really simple, fill an attractive bowl with outside fines. Look for things like pinecones, acorns and berries. Or, stop by your local produce stand for some colorful baby pumpkins, gourds, pears whatever you can find. You can even fill it with grapes and cheeses to make your centerpiece pull double duty as a dessert.
Up for a slightly larger project? Here is an idea for a really unique centerpiece. Use Vintage China Plates in descending sizes large to small and stack them intersperse with teacups to create a tiered display. Then, tuck in your favorite flowers at each level.
And here is a tip, pick up flowers a day ahead of time so you won't be rushed on the day of the party. Make sure you wrap the stems in damp paper towels and store in your fridge overnight to keep the flowers from wilting.
So whether you want a grand display at your holiday gathering or a quick fix for a dinner party, these simple tips will help make you gathering one to remember.