Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Light Fantastic

As we approach summer ease the transition and extend the pleasure by dining outdoors under a private starry dome of twinkling candles. Hanging a set of miniature glass lanterns from your patio umbrella not only creates the effect of a magical chandelier,it also makes more table space for an inventively placed centerpiece.

Lantern How to-- Collect a dozen jars or votive holders in different sizes, each with a wide top or a rim. Wrap wire around each top, and twist to secure. Bend another piece of wire into a loop, and attach as a handle. Cut varying lengths of chain, and attach a small S hook to the top of each. Slip hook over a spoke of your patio umbrella, and secure hook with adhesive putty. Attach another S hook to the bottom of each chain, and use it to hang the lantern.

Centerpiece How To

Use that pole in the middle of your patio table to your advantage. Use the hole in a Bundt pan or a gelatin mold to create a centerpiece the pole will slip through, leaving a ring of blooms all around it. And unless your style runs to industrial modern,you may want to spray paint the outside of the pan with an exterior high gloss enamel. Use floral foam to keep arrangement in place

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