It doesn’t get much easier folks! This DIY centerpiece I made for a holiday party that I hosted last week! I got many compliments on it! It is a simple, cheap and festive way to make your dining room table look fancy this holiday season!Ingredients
1 plate or wood slice serving plate
3 pillar candles (preferably white, red, or green & all different heights)
1/2 cup of fresh cranberries
1/2 cup of sugar + 1 cup more cup of sugar
1 cup of water
1 sprig of cedar pine
1-2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1-2 fresh thyme sprigs
lemon balm leaves (optional)
Yields: 1 centerpiece Time: 1 hour + 15 minutes
A centerpiece is a classic way to dress up your table and make your guest feel like you went above and beyond! But really its not much work! Shh!
Of course I wanted to include herbs from the garden! I always have an abundance of herbs growing in the garden and they smell LOVELY! So why not add them to a centerpiece?! They not only look pretty but smell delightful! I was making a cake for my holiday party that included these beautiful candied cranberries! Which I just absolutely LOVED because they look like they are covered in snow! This is how I got the idea to use them in my centerpiece. Then I thought why not candy the rosemary too! I feel like the candied cranberries and rosemary are such a festive addition to this piece! Nothing says holidays like a little snow fall right!?
1.Start by making a simple syrup on the stove by boiling water and 1 cup of sugar together. Stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Then remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Add the cranberries stirring until cranberries are coated well with syrup.
2.Add 1 cup of sugar to a bowl and with your hands toss the cranberries in the sugar. Place cranberries on a baking tray to dry for one hour.
3.Quickly dip the rosemary in the simple syrup and then roll in the sugar, coating the rosemary well. Place the rosemary with the cranberries to also dry for one hour.4. Place your spring of cedar pine flat on your wood slice serving tray. Then place your candles over the stem of your cedar spring.5. Then tuck your candied rosemary under the cedar spring . Don’t worry if some of the sugar falls off it will just add to the centerpiece and look like more snow! So cute!6. Place your pinecones randomly around the candles. Then add your thyme or any other herbs you chose to inquire in your piece. 7. Place your candied cranberries randomly around the centerpiece. Light the candles and ENJOY! TIP: You can make your centerpiece days in advance! Mine has been sitting on my counter for a week and a few days. Just now the herbs and cedar spring are starting to brown slightly! Such a simple way to spice up your holiday party dinner table!
Happy Holidays Y’all!