The older I get, the more likely I am to buck tradition. Tonight’s centerpiece is a good case in point. I’ve enjoyed pulling together meaningful gifts in an unusual arrangement. It’s fun and festive and probably not available from your local floral shop.
First up, this lovely snowman casserole dish. It was a gift from a dear friend. I’ve never had the heart to actually cook in it, but instead usually display it on an easel. Tonight it’s the foundation for the centerpiece and a reminder of our friendship.
Next, I’ve featured my son’s recent clay project. He used a ruler and a fine carving tool to meticulously carve each brick. Such detail! I like the overall shape of the piece and the sweeping curves of the design. I love his creativity.
The flowers are the last remaining blooms of a pretty bouquet, a gift from the man I love. We’ve been together for 18 years and he still brings me flowers, just because. How can you not be cheered by flowers?
I emptied the last of the peppercorns so I could use the spice jar as a vase. It’s the perfect size for the turret. A quick dusting of craft-store snow to pull it all together and I’m set.
The centerpiece represents love and friendship as well as art, nature and a bit of whimsy. In my heart of hearts, I think that’s what traditions are all about.
Are you entertaining guests this holiday season? What makes it special for you?