How to make centerpieces with wine glasses

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How to make centerpieces with wine glasses
Creative displays made with wineglasses may include candles. (wine glass image by cherie from

Wine glasses provide an elegant base to a centrepiece for a dinner party, wedding receptions and holidays, allowing you to place candles on or in them in order to offer a necessary lighting element for the occasion. In some instances, liquid and candlelight may be used together for an interesting effect. These glasses will also work when creating a romantic meal at home, making it possible to spend no extra money on table decorations as long as you have a few things on hand already.

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Things you need

  • Table runner
  • Wine glasses
  • Small wreaths
  • Tea light candles
  • Taper candles
  • Candle holders
  • Matches
  • Beaded craft wire
  • Lace doilies
  • Pebbles or marbles
  • Votive candles and holders
  • Food colouring
  • Floating candles
  • Ribbon
  • Candies
  • Berries

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    Spread a table runner across the dinner table to add elegance to the table setting. Place wine glasses upside down at the middle of the table, so they are not touching each other but form a circle. Put small floral or greenery wreaths around the lips of the glasses, so they are touching to form one large wreath. Center tea lights, in their holders, on top of the wine glass bottoms and place two taper candles in holders inside the wreath of glasses. Light just before serving dinner.

  2. 2

    Wrap the stems of two wine glasses with beaded craft wire. Place the wine glasses at the centre of the table, on a lace doily. Fill the glasses halfway with small pebbles or marbles. Put a votive candle into each of two votive-size candle holders, and place the holders inside the wine glasses. Light as you begin setting the table.

  3. 3

    Line a rectangular-shaped table down the centre using single wine glasses. Place them every 12 inches or so along the centre of the table, on small lace doilies. Fill the glasses 1/3 of the way with water, and add a drop of food colouring in each. Place a tea light or floating candle in each, and light them just before dinner is served.

  4. 4

    Place three glasses on the table as a centrepiece and use wine glasses in a way in which you will get two uses out of them rather than one. Tie a ribbon around each glass and create a bow. Use one glass for butter mints, another for candy kisses, and the third for another small candy type. Or place berries in the glasses instead. Put blueberries in the centre glass, and a red-coloured berry in each of the end glasses. Use strawberries and raspberries, for example. Using these glasses as centrepieces as well as serving containers allows you to save space on a small table, because you will not have to have a separate plate for appetizers.

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