Spring Centerpieces

My grandmother recently celebrated her 85th birthday!  Family and friends gathered for lunch, looked at old photos, and played Telestrations with secret words relating to my grandma.

It was a pretty low-key affair, but I helped spruce it up by making some table centerpieces.


The components, from the bottom up:

    • Books form the bases
      • Children’s Fables she gave to me and my sister as children
      • A dictionary–she’s a writer
      • River of Grass–she loves nature and has visited most of our National Parks
      • A copy of Heidi Grows Up that was hers as a child
    • Doilies on top of the books
    • Stemless wineglasses, which I already owned, for vases
    • Blue and white decorative rocks for inside the vases
    • Assorted small bunches of spring-like flowers, bought from Jo-Ann Fabric
    • Tags from Creative Memories’ Simply Beautiful collection
    • “Happy Birthday” with Scrabble tile letters, made digitally using CM’s Vintage Chic alpha set in Storybook Creator 4

I was going for form AND function, something that would look pretty but simple, and would also have meaning.  I wanted them to be cheerful and springlike, since we are still having snow here in Ohio.  I wanted them to not be obstructing any views around the table.  And most importantly, I wanted them to have special meaning for my grandmother, which is why I tied in all the books and the Scrabble tiles (she loves word games).

I used a lot of supplies I already had, and the things I did buy at JoAnn were 1) under $20 total and 2) able to be re-purposed for my own crafts or decorating.

The party was great fun and it was nice to be able to put my crafting skills to good use!