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Lucrecia42
« on: August 30, 2005 06:03:53 PM »

Hi, everyone!  I just got engaged on Aug 19th to the greatest man in the universe.  He totally indulges on all my knitting stories (as long as I listen to his computer game stories.... but I get the good end of that bargin since I game myself.  Anyway...)!

We are thowring an engagement party (snacks, desert, and wine) this Saturday and I thought I'd share with you guys a great centerpiece idea I learned while waiting tables at the local country club to support myself in college.

Sorry about the lack of pics... maybe we'll register for a digital camera...

What you need for each centerpiece:

1) a small mirror

2) a shallow glass bowl or an oversized wine glass (make sure that the mirror will come out around this and frame it nicely when you put it on top)

3) 1 pretty candle (if using a wine glass) or 3 (for the shallow bowl) - We're using cream-colored, rose shaped candles.  Preferable non-scented, if you'll be in a tightly enclosed space... won't want to overwhelm the guests!  Also make sure the candle is shorter then the rim of the bowl (they will be "floating" after all)

4) A length of silk ivy

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How to do it:

1) remove all price stickers from mirror and glass container and clean them with windex

2) place the glass on the mirror (no real need to affix it but I guess you could if you wanted to

3) wrap the ivy around the base of the glass, cutting it to the proper length and entwining the ends so it makes a nice circle. (may need a knife... my scissors wouldn't do the trick)

4) place the candle in the glass

5) this is the big trick.  When you add the water to "float" the candle (it can be colored water if you like), don't actually put enough in to make the candles float.  They will bob around and the candle melts and most likely put themselves out.  Instead, fill the glass until the water brushes up around the edge of the candle.  It'll look like the candle is floating, but its much more steady

6) wait for them to dry and then light them! 

We made two of these and we plan on giving one to each of our mothers as a surprise.  Hope this helped someone!  (PS: we got all the supplies @ Michaels for around $25 for each centerpiece.  Not bad compared to flowers, but not as good as we could have got shopping around I'm sure.  Oh well.  We were in a hurry to get things together.)

-Lucrecia42
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2005 06:26:26 PM »

Sounds pretty! And congratulations!
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2005 08:35:43 AM »

sounds like a really pretty craft! The only thing I have to say is try one out first! My mom was at a wedding where they had "floating" candles in water in shallow bowls, and about halfway through the reception, there was this "crack!" and all the bowls broke and the water went running everywhere! I'm sure that most glasses and most bowls won't do that, but it never hurts to try first! Congrats, btw!
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2005 03:35:19 PM »

Thanks for the good wishes and the advice!

I did the centerpieces for our engagement party and though there was now problem with the bowls breaking, we did have trouble because the door to the outside kept getting opened and shut (the beer and soda was out there) and so the candles kept getting blown out.  We all had a great time anyway though and our mothers were so surprised that they got to keep the decorations so they were happy.

And check out what my husband-to-be's aunt surprised us with for the toast!

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/602-2677039-8783866?_encoding=UTF8&asin=B0000AQK52

The colors are slightly different (more pastel-ish) but this ad captures the length and design of the glasses and their holder.  We were so totally excited!  We are gonna display them on our kitchen table and use them as an excuse to drink wine and champagne much more often!

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