Family effort

Summertime centerpieces.. it really doesn’t get much easier than this.


Step one: send your kids outside to grab a handful of flowers. (Remind them not to pick your roses or the flowers from the front of the house. Or from the front of the neighbors’ house.)

Step two: choose a vase, or a dish, or a pot, or even something offbeat like this depression glass ring mold that usually sits in the back of my cupboard. (Check out the window to see how the kids are doing. Ooooh and ahhh over their daring bike tricks. Ask them if they have decided which flowers they want to pick.)

Step three: half fill the dish with something to hold the flowers and give them stability; this is a great use for all those “pretty” rocks your kids are so good at finding. I’ve used some old seaglass here, but you also could tangle some vines (stripped of leaves) and fit them into your dish. Hecksakes, you could even go all out and buy yourself some florists foam, if you’re that sorta gal. (Step out onto the front porch and admire the chalk drawing the kids made on the sidewalk. Draw their attention to the flowers you secretly wanted them to pick. Wonder aloud if anyone knows how much you love those particular flowers… sigh. )

Step four: Into a quart of lukewarm water add three tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and fill dish two thirds full of the mixture. Reserve remainder for refreshing arrangement. (Check outside to see that kids are “almost done.” Exclaim with pleasure at the beauty of the flowers they have chosen and how fortunate you are to have such gifted flower-pickers in the family.)

Step five: strip leaves from the lower portions of the flower stems (the part that will be submerged in water) and carefully place flowers into dish. There are all sorts of methods of flower arrangement... I however, tend to stick with the What Looks Nice Method, mainly because it’s workin’ for me and also because I know nothing about arranging flowers, really. (This method also works best when one has the benefit of several small assistants… which of course… ya do! Yay!)

Step six: plunk one of Becky’s marvy candles smack dab in the middle. (Sniff every single one of the candles in the cupboard. Give everyone a chance to sniff every single one of the candles in the cupboard. Try and remember whose turn it is to choose the candle this week.)

Step seven: break out the milk and cookies. Admire your beautiful centerpiece. Tell the kids that you couldn’t have done it without ‘em. Because really, you couldn’t have.

And you wouldn’t even want to try. Nuh uh.

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9 Responses to Family effort

  1. 1
    seekingmyLord says:

    I don't know which I would like more, being your next door neighbor or your adopted kid (although we are too close to the same age for the latter to work, I suppose). ;)

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    hekates says:

    easy centerpiece in winter/early spring – we clipped some branches off of a tree and decorate them with origami cranes. Very pretty.

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    Barbara H. says:

    Lovely! Loved the little asides as well.

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    Terri says:

    What a sweet and special way to have your children involved in a project that is so lovely. I agree…you must smell every candle to decide which is the perfect one….

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    smoore2213 says:

    I love you.
    Seriouly.

    I laughed so hard through this. I love your persepctive on life. :-)

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    ??????????????????????????????? says:

    So pretty Diane!
    Hope that you are having a wonderful and blessed start to the week!

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    Emily Fay says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Have a lovely week ahead!

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    Vintage Girl says:

    LOVE the tutorial on making a centerpiece! Especially the "added" features. Kids are awesome! Have a beautiful day Diane! Hugs, Heather

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    BeckyF says:

    I love this! You have a great outlook on life… you inspire me to be more of a glass half full kinda girl : ) I love the ring mold as vase, great way to use something that normally sits in the back of the cupboard.
    @seekingmyLord: I am now jealous of you…

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