Looking to keep centerpieces to a minimum at your reception? Then think about incorporating a bit of nature by incorporating fruit (fresh or sugared), vegetables, spices, eucalyptus leaves, and succulents for a flare of casual elegance. What’s nice about these touches, is that they’re not expected, they’re simple to do yourself, and they don’t “tower” so guests can sit across from one and feel comfortable mingling. Just be sure to purchase the fruit the day before the wedding so that it doesn’t spoil.
Here are a 5 savvy suggestions to incorporate fruit into your centerpiece display:
1. Glass containers will display beautiful cut or whole citrus fruits (plus, citrus fruit does not like “porous” containers).
2. When displaying fruit, you can mix all different varieties or condense groupings together of the same type, or even accent with flowers, instead of flowers being the focal point.
3. When used during the Harvest or Winter holiday season, these centerpieces are sure to provide an anticipated ambiance, especially if the table is a long rectangular one. One of my favorite warm-me-up drinks during the colder months, is a hot cup of cocoa with a splash of Vandermint® chocolate mint liqueur—sure to stir the nostalgia with your guests.
4. You’ll want to select colors that correspond with your color scheme/décor. Citrus fruits cut-kiwis go best with brights such as pinks, yellows and oranges, while apples, deep cherries, succulents/artichokes, grapes, and pomegranates go best with deep shades. Pears, figs, bay leaves, albino pumpkins go best with a pastel or neutral color palette.
5. Don’t forget to extend this idea throughout other areas of “display” such as in the foyer, bar, mantle, restrooms, and of course…the cake!