How to Decorate a Head Table With Ivy & Lights

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How to Decorate a Head Table With Ivy & Lights
Decorate with ivy. (ivy image by Alison Bowden from

Ivy and white strand lights add a romantic touch to your wedding head table. The leafy green vines and tiny white lights correspond with many kinds of wedding decor, especially with flower or garden party-themed weddings. Ivy is an ideal decorating choice for brides on a budget; the vine is cheap and readily available. You can choose from several ways to incorporate ivy and lights into head table decor, including in topiaries and garlands.

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Things you need

  • 10-inch pot
  • Potting soil
  • Ivy plant with long runners or several smaller ivy plants
  • Peat
  • Spherical wire topiary frame
  • Raffia
  • LED string lights
  • Evergreen garland
  • Spanish moss
  • Florist's wire
  • Artificial ivy garland
  • Artificial ivy sprays
  • Scissors
  • Florist's tape
  • Stapler

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    Head Table Centerpiece

  1. 1

    Fill the bottom of a 10-inch pot with potting soil.

  2. 2

    Transplant the ivy into the pot. Surround the root ball with a potting mix made from a 50:50 peat and water solution after potting.

  3. 3

    Anchor a spherical topiary frame into the pot, pushing to lodge the spikes into the soil.

  4. 4

    Wind ivy runners (the plant's long leaf-covered vines) around the wire frame.

  5. 5

    Tie the twisted runners in place with raffia.

  6. 6

    Wrap the ivy-covered frame with a strand of LED lights.

    Head Table Garland

  1. 1

    Cover an evergreen garland with Spanish moss; wind florist's wire around the moss-covered segments to hold the moss in place, which will form the base of your ivy garland.

  2. 2

    Wrap artificial ivy garland around the base. Wind florist's wire around the ivy to secure it to the base.

  3. 3

    Cut stems from artificial ivy sprays, and wrap their ends around the garland stems. Secure in place with florist's tape if necessary.

  4. 4

    Twine a strand of LED string lights around the ivy garland, and use floral tape to secure them in place.

  5. 5

    Mount the garland along the edge of the table top, securing it in place with saddle staples.

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