If you are receiving guests outdoors, in the evening, lighting is a huge consideration. Not only for safety, but also to light your food, your table companions, and create proper ambiance.
With an outdoor wedding and reception and the need for light in mind, I decided to do centerpieces that incorporated their own light. We wanted to use ivory Roses and fresh Lavender. Here's how we created the centerpiece.
We spray painted the lanterns (when I say 'we' I mean the groom did it all!) by removing the glass. Most of these lanterns had simple metal tabs holding the glass. Some had a little adhesive under the tabs to keep the glass from rattling around, but a little heat from a gas lighter was all that was needed to release them.
We painted the lanterns so they would all look like they belonged together even though none but 2 or 3 matched. I found most of them on sale, and deeply discounted. They measured about 2 feet tall. Some were galvanized metal and some were white painted wood. We needed the larger scale for the large round tables and to be able to make a substantial floral arrangement inside. We painted them all dark chocolate brown and they looked amazing together.
I used a plastic plant pot liner (had to cut it down a little) and a chunk of soaked oasis for the floral container.
I created a fringe of fern tilting down around the edge to disguise the container once it was in the lantern.
The candle posed a problem. I wanted a nice fat pillar candle but needed a way to keep it stable amid the florals.
I found theses amazing thistles and added two to the top, bridging the gap between the roses and the candle. Be aware of the width of the lantern, as you will have to fit this arrangement into it when you are done.
I added some eucalyptus to the front on each side
and this really cute pinkish floral shrub (native to New Zealand) and I can't remember its name. It reminded me of heather, or tea tree, though.
a sprig above near the candle and one, larger, below under the roses
and then beautiful, fragrant, fresh lavender
in and around the roses and candle
a sprig at a time
Make sure you finish the back with greens and lavender as well,
as this will be visible in the lantern glass
I added sprigs of rosemary here and there
to add to the fragrance and fill in any holes. When you think you are done,
look at it from all angles and fill any holes with fern or rosemary, or small pieces of the eucalyptus
carefully, carefully set it in the bottom of the lantern
I had to tuck the fern down around the container.
Ready to light the candle and enjoy!
I loved this look. The door open with the flowers spilling out allowed access to light the candles as the day turned to evening. The light illuminated the flowers and warmed the lavender and rosemary, giving off more fragrance. And so much better at eye level!