Inexpensive Centerpiece Idea

Red Apple Centerpiece //

Here is a flashback to a table I styled in Miami while staying at my mom’s house for the Holidays {see another table I did here}. While working with my mom’s stunning dining room and endless collection of placemats and dishware was beyond fun, it had it’s drawbacks when it came to my centerpieces. No longer a local to the Miami scene, I wasn’t sure of the best flower shops to head to, PLUS I wasn’t looking to splurge on crazy expensive flowers when I wouldn’t be sticking around long after the Holidays to enjoy them. I decided that using something right from her kitchen like fruit, specifically apples in this case, would be a beautiful, colorful, and inexpensive substitute. From there I picked up some mixed floral arrangements that had hints of red in them at the supermarket (while grabbing the rest of my dinner groceries). And TADA beautiful centerpieces were born!

January Flowers //

Once I decided that red apples were my main color story, I searched high and low for one more hint of red for the table, which I ended up finding in my mom’s placemat collection. To match the ‘earthy’ vibe of the large wooden bowl I used to house my apples, I used plush neutral linen napkins.

Wine Goblets // Salad Bowls // Linen Napkins // Set the Table // Amanda Gluck setting the Table //

I started by laying out my woven placemats, dinner plates, and incredibly large wine goblets which I actually used for water {I served wine and cheese prior to dinner on a tray similar to this post.} Next I folded my napkins and laid my silverware on top. Then I decided to plate my salads in beautiful salad bowls so everyone could dig in as soon as they sat down!

January Table Setting // January Flowers Table // Fashionable Hostess Table // Salad Bowl Display // The Fashionable Hostess // Amanda Gluck // Serving Salads //

My salad recipe will be my next post so stay tuned! In the meantime, some other fab salad recipes can be found in the FH Cook section here.

Pre-Served Salad //

The end result: it was a stunning night enjoyed by all. My mom loved being a guest for once in her own household! I realized this is a tradition I want to continue every time I go home as a small ‘thank you for hosting me’! So what did I serve? Guests started with Le Creuset Artichoke Sweet Potato Soup, for the main course I made Asian Glazed Salmon with Farro and sauteed string beans, and to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth I rounded out the night with Jello Dirt Pudding Cups.

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