The versatility of clear or coloured glass bowls makes them appealing decorative elements for a wedding--- from vases and centrepieces to displays for programs and favours. Use large clear bowls at the head table and smaller versions at individual tables, or fill clusters of small glass bowls with mints, nuts or candies. Add charm to outdoor weddings with bowls of birdseed for guests to scatter, or place pieces of fruit in shallow bowls at children's tables.
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The easiest way to use glass bowls in your wedding decor is as centrepieces; incorporate bowls as vases, candleholders, globes or pedestals. Fill with coloured water and floating candles, or put battery-operated lights inside coloured gel filler for a phenomenal glow. Shallow glass bowls filled with flower blossoms and pebbles are idea for smaller tables and facilitate conversation, while a large glass bowl on a pedestal creates a multilayered centrepiece that cascades over guests. Nonfloral centrepieces, such as Christmas ornaments, sea glass, feathers or candles mixed with battery-operated twinkle lights and LED candles, add indirect lighting to the tables and enhance the decor.
Display small favours in organza pouches, such as bundles of Jordan almonds or after-dinner mints, in glass bowls grouped by the entrance and exit of your venue. For larger reception spaces, set up pedestals or small tables with a variety of favours throughout the area for guests to choose from. Mix the colours of your wedding palette instead of grouping favours by colour for an added touch of decor.
Have guests build their own favours from a candy buffet featuring dozens of glass bowls filled with gummy candies, chocolates, classic candy store favourites and newer items. Use clear glass bowls for the candies and coloured glass bowls to hold scoops, bags, ribbons and twist ties.
Use glass bowls to hold crayons, markers or coloured pencils and small pads of paper or activity books at children's tables. If you've made special goody bags for younger guests, a large, brightly coloured glass bowl filled with cellophane-wrapped goody bags will draw their attention and keep them occupied during the reception.
Offer kids their own candy buffet and favours in smaller versions, using small glass bowls and allotting enough candy for each child to make his own favour without overloading it with sugar. Scale down centrepieces and other decor for their table, or simply arrange fruit and vegetables in a shallow glass bowl as an edible centrepiece.
For outdoor weddings, fill bowls with birdseed, small bottles of sunblock, miniature fans or hand fans, handkerchiefs and other items to make guests more comfortable during the ceremony and reception. In cooler months, you may also include hand-warming packets, which are activated by shaking or snapping and can ward off the chill of a winter wedding.
Backyard or informal weddings featuring a potluck can employ glass bowls filled with punch, ice, chips, pretzels, popcorn, confetti and a host of other items to round out the casual, festive feeling. Line the insides of clear glass bowls with patterned paper or fabric napkins to add pops of colour across a picnic table.
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