Welcome to the First Day of Apple Week!
Since getting inspiration from a local Apple Butter Festival, I decided to dedicate this week to different ways to use apples in any upcoming Fall party! Today is all about:
Centerpieces are great ways to add decor to a table during a party or a dinner for two! Also, if you need a place to put those apples you just picked, here is a great way to store them with a bit of class!
Using apples as a centerpiece or display is super easy and relatively cheap: all you need are apples, something to put them in, and a bit of creativity. Below are a few set ups I came up with, by just using a few things I had laying around the house.
1. Cake Stand/Punch Bowl
I found a cake stand/ punch bowl in my cabinets and started filling up the bowl with apples. If you have one of these in your house and you aren't housing cake in it, I suggest using it as your centerpiece!! The first attempt of this idea wasn't as "bountiful" as I wanted, so I took a bowl and put it upside-down in the middle of the bowl to take up a bit of room (is this cheating or just using resources wisely?)
I also cut out a few free hand shapes that looked like leaves (or at least as close as I could get to leaves). You could use a Cricut (or any other paper cutting machine) to get these shapes, or even use real leaves if you have any in your yard!
2. Small Wood Crate
I have a few small wood crates sitting around my craft room holding ribbon and waiting to be used in just the right craft project. I decided to dump out the ribbon and try the box as a centerpiece.
I tried this set up without leaves and with a few of my hand crafted leaves, which do you like best? Sometimes the leaves add a bit of color that a centerpiece needs!
3. Wire Basket
I also like this set up because even if you use a few of the apples, the wire basket still holds its character without being over flowing or full!
4. Flower Store Vases
I really wanted to make at least ONE centerpiece that I thought that everyone could create without having to buy anything. Most people I know have at least ONE of these vases that you get with a bouquet of flowers in their home. I just piled in the apples, laid a couple apples around (and used that flower again) and Voila! Instant centerpiece!
Note: Putting apples in a container with hard surfaces may cause bruising!
I had A LOT of fun putting together center pieces! Some of them were beautiful, and some were just plain UGLY! Have you ever experimented with using apples in a centerpiece?