Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Short and Squatty Is Our Friend

I know Easter is over—you’ve moved on. I am packing away bunnies myself. But I wanted to share centerpiece tip with you that will work for any occasion. CIMG1579

It turns out that, in centerpieces at least, short and squatty is our friend!

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I can’t tell you often I have worked on an arrangement, only to have to remove it so I could see and talk with my guests. This one stayed on the table throughout the meal with no neck craning or standing to talk.

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The beauty of “short and squatty” is that it also turns out to be less expensive and more bang for the buck too. The larger container (about 6” X 6”) is available for under twenty dollars almost anywhere. The smaller ones (not pictured on the tablescape) are about 3” X 3” and from Dollar Tree on the candle aisle. They work well in odd numbers with a “mussy tussy” type arrangement. Roses work well. A low compact flower arrangement seems to require fewer flowers for a bigger impact. I almost always buy mine in the sale bin at Kroger. For dinner parties, longevity of the flower is not a concern—just make it through the event!

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The pink, white, and cream hydrangeas worked perfectly with my Rosalinde china and the cute half-price bunnies from Joann’s. I used a pink paint pen to personalize them with the name and date.

So if you want to be a supermodel, think tall and willowy. If you want to make a flower arrangement, SHORT AND SQUATTY is our friend—for once :)

I’ve been busy as a bee working on a silent auction—It happens next Monday. I hope to get back to more posting and “visiting” then. I’ll be joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Click on her button for transportation!

31 comments:

  1. I agree about the short and squatty idea. I also love hydrangeas. To me, simple is sometimes the prettiest anyway.

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  2. This is so pretty as is your whole Easter table! My sis and I were shopping Monday for centerpieces for her up coming wedding and we bought a dozen of this short and squatty Vases! She is also adding A white hydrangeas, though with river rocks and twigs.
    We just hope spring happens in our neck of the woods so our yard will return to Miss beautiful instead of brown and snowy for her wedding!:-)

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  3. Short and squatty has my vote!
    May you have a wonderful Spring,
    d

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  4. Short and squatty works; I've always thought hydrangeas were so lush and beautiful.

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  5. Being barely 5 feet tall, I'm a big fan of short and squatty! Beautiful hydrangeas!
    xoxo Pattie

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  6. What a pretty table setting ! I love hydrangeas and I agree with you about the height of the center piece.

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  7. Your table is BEAUTIFUL, Susan. I love the short and squatty! And, I love the idea of embracing short and squatty as a desirable trait! LOL! Yea, for the short and squatty!

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  8. Very pretty centerpiece! Short and squatty is good....hmmm...I just happen to be short and squatty, too!;-)

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  9. Hooray for short and squatty! LOL!

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  10. The hydrangeas are just beautiful, what a lovely table.

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  11. no, no.....I'm always behind and Easter and bunnies and spring will be living on for many more weeks here at the Lana Austin house so i am SO GLAD you put this post up!! I love your table!!!!!!! The hydrangeas especially!!!!

    Hugs, Lana

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  12. Yep, I agree..And with tulips it keeps their heads up!
    Very pretty, Susan..
    Good luck with the auction..
    BILL visited again here! :)

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  13. Such a beautiful tablescape!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  14. I love short and squatty! Pretty table!

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  15. Susan, Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! You are right. I tend to make big centerpieces only to take it off of my table. I love the glass container you used with the glass marbles!
    Your advice about choice of flowers is so true and a great reminder. The hydrangeas look fabulous on your table and has a big WOW appeal!
    Your Easter table is beautiful.
    Yvonne

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  16. Love the hydrangeas...the china is beautiful, so delicate looking.

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  17. Hi Susan,

    Love your pretty hydrangea centerpiece.
    I can't agree more, nothing worse than trying to peer at friends hidden, behind flowers.
    The little bunnies are cute.
    Good luck with the auction.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  18. Your tablescape is lovely and your centerpiece is perfection! I do love hydrangeas.

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  19. Love your hydrangeas and great idea for a centerpiece. I also love your china. It might be the same as John's china from his grandma that he gave his daughter. I sent her your link cause she has been wanting to find info about them. Your table is so pretty, very elegant....Christine

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  20. Yes, the short and squatty flower arrangements are perfect. It looks wonderful! I agree.

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  21. LOVE your dishes! This is so pretty!

    ~Liz

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  22. Lovely flowers, and such a pretty table! My daughter just inherited my mother-in-law's Rosalinde, so I will make sure she sees your beautiful example of how to use it!

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  23. What a soft, feminine graceful table. Just lovely!
    Liked your lil bunnies sitting on the plates, and the gorgeous battenburg lace place mats, and the
    hydrangea centerpc. I love love love hydrangeas.
    Beautiful arrangement hon! and one more plus to it, you can see each other, so it doesn't impede the flow of converstion!!
    Wonderful job!
    Blessings, Nellie

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  24. Pretty table and arrangement! I did a short and squatty arrangement for our Thanksgiving table last year and it worked out nicely. Cute bunny napkin rings!

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  25. Lovely and I also buy flowers when they are on sale aisle while I am leaving the market. I love fresh flowers for a dinner party and I also try and keep them short so I can see my guests and they can see each other.
    Joyce

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  26. Beautiful china and beautiful "short and squatty" arrangement. I adore hydrangeas! You are so smart. laurie

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  27. Great points about flower presentations and I like that you've cut down the hydrangeas and are showing them low. It's a terrific technique and such a lovely look with your beautiful dark table. -- Jane F.

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  28. I cut my flowers shorter at Christmas but love how you used hydrangeas to create fullness. What a wonderful idea!

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  29. Aren't Hydrangeas just the prettiest flowers?! I love what you did with them! Glad I found you tonight....lovely blog!

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  30. So beautiful!!! Cheers, Lia

    P.S. I am a new follower!!

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