I remember when I was in 4-H as a kid. Mrs. Orosco was our “Foods” leader and one of the classes was on creating centerpieces. For those who participated in 4-H Favorite Foods Day, we were actually judged on the food, the menu, and the table setting. I received a medal the year I rocked the Pineapple Lime Parfait from my great-grandmother’s Joys of Jell-O recipe book.
While the Pineapple Lime Jell-O Parfait, dolloped with Cool-Whip may have gone out of style, having a great centerpiece is still in.
Here is a centerpiece that is super easy and sure to add interest to your dining table or picnic table. Plus, it can be customized by adding DIY chalkboard paint and a message!
OPTIONAL -recipe for custom color chalkboard paint!
1 cup of any color acrylic paint. I bought a sample and had them mix up a custom color because I knew Amy wanted green since it is her favorite color.
1/3 cup Plaster of Paris
3 Tbl. warm water
paint brush or paint sponge
1 clay pot
6 small plants (I bought two different kinds) Make sure they are appropriate fr the sun or shade where you will keep them
gravel or rock to allow for drainage
Putting the centerpiece together
Take painted clay pot and put 2 inches of gravel in bottom to allow drainage.
Fill part way with dirt. Put smaller container in center so that is sticks out over the top about 1/4 inches. Take plants and arrange them in order.
continue filling with dirt. Pat soil down and water.
Add sand to inside container. set candle in middle and push glass globe slightly into sand.
This is a great outdoor centerpiece because , even if a small breeze comes up, the candle will remain lit.
Now I wish I would have planted basil and oregano, just think an edible centerpiece!
Anyway, Mrs. Orosco was right, the centerpiece helps people feel welcome and is inviting. However, I don’t think I will be making lime pineapple Jell-O parfaits anytime soon, even if green is Amy’s favorite color!
From my table to yours ~ Enjoy