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Last Minute Dinner Party Centerpiece Idea

When you are trying to put together a quick dinner party on a moment’s notice, spending a great deal of time on an elegant centerpiece usually isn’t in the cards. You’ve also got a menu to plan, and plenty of cooking to do! On the other hand, you don't want your centerpiece to look like you just unwrapped some cheap flowers from their plastic and dumped them into a vase.

Luckily, though, a happy medium exists. There are a few easy things you can do to make grocery store bouquet (just pick it up when you grab your last-minute ingredients!) look like a professional floral arrangement job. Follow these three simple steps, and you’ll add some sophisticated style to your dinner party spread in no time.

Make your arrangement monotone. Grocery store flower bouquets are notorious for bunching tons of different—and really bright—blooms all together. But if you separate the yellows and oranges from the more intensely toned purples and reds, as we did here, you instantly add class. While the original bouquet is pretty (see the first photograph in the post, above), the two bouquets we ended up with are much more appealing.

Find an interesting vase. Pass on the boring and basic florist vases you probably have stockpiled under your sink. Instead, grab a mason jar, pitcher, apothecary jar, fishbowl, or anything else with an interesting shape. This will give your centerpieces some extra flair and character. You can even use empty glass jars around the house to create a spread of several smaller bouquets like our expert Adriane Kiss did here. If you have a bottle of spray paint in the garage, why not jazz up those details with a touch of color?! Simple and inexpensive!

Finish it with a ribbon. This little detail will tie the whole arrangement together, and I keep scraps of ribbon and raffia around for occasions like this. You could also add a sparkly Brooch or button—or any other embellishments you might have laying around the house—to quickly make your centerpiece extra special. Get creative!

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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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