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Simple Spring Centerpiece {lilacs}

One of my lovely neighbors gave me a basket full of lilacs the other day, as well as carte blanche to cut lilacs from her yard anytime. With centerpieces this easy to make, I’m certain I’ll be two yards over with a basket and shears fairly often.

A tray of lilacs and candles

A simple assembly.

Basket of Lilacs

{the overflowing basket}

Rather than a tall vase, I opted for a wide and shallow glass bowl. I filled the bowl with 1.5 inches of water and cut the lilac blooms on a bias. Then, I took each cutting and laid them in the bowl with the blooms facing upward. I removed the majority of the leaves, but left a few for color contrast.

Low centerpiece of lilacs on a silver tray

I set the flowers on an antique US Navy Officer’s serving tray, a $5 flea market find from a few months back.

Low centerpiece of lilacs and candles

Then, I placed a few white pillar candles around the flowers to give the centerpiece just a little height.

A tray of lilacs and candles

In five minutes, I had a simple, low profile centerpiece that’s highly portable, long lasting and amazingly fragrant.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Absolutely looove lilacs + agree, fragrance is a-mah-zing…
    and what a great way to arrange them…
    love the added bonus of portability~

    May 7, 2013
    • Thank you! Normally, I’d use a few tall vases, but I wanted to try out something new and different. Plus, I really wanted to get some use out of the new-to-me officer’s tray. 🙂

      May 7, 2013
  2. Pretty! I bet it smells wonderful! You are so lucky to have a neighbor like that. =0)

    May 7, 2013

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