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Fruit and floral centerpieces add a splash of color

May. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Do you need a spring centerpiece in less than an hour? Well, fruit and floral centerpieces are a snap to put together - as long as you have the materials on hand. Even if you have to make a quick stop at the store, you only need a few items.

MATERIALS:

Container

Lemons, limes and/or clementines

Silk flowers and greens

Wire cutter

Start by looking around your home for a variety of containers. For one project, Shari found a long plate that was sent to her at Christmastime that was piled high with cookies and candies. She always saves any unusual containers from floral arrangements, catered events or sent gifts. You never know when they'll come in handy!

Select a container and get started. Shari chose a white porcelain pedestal container for this project because she thought the limes and lemons would look pretty against the white.

Once the fruit was in place, she trimmed down some of the greenery she had selected so she could slip it behind and underneath the lemons and limes.

Shari used five fronds since we know that odd numbers look best in arrangements.

She cut the flowers down using the wire cutter. She did leave some of the leaves with the flower stem, but cut the rest of the leaves off the stem to use as filler once the flowers were placed.

Shari also removed a few pieces of fruit to get the flowers and any additional leaves into position. Then, she just added the fruit back on the top. Remember to turn the fruit around to their best side when you are ready to display your arrangement.

The finished arrangement is fresh and bright. It would be lovely on a small table in the center. If you're working with a large rectangular or oval table, try using two with an arrangement of candles between them.

If yellow and orange is the color scheme for you, give this warm color combination of lemons and clementines a try. A variety of silk flowers will fit here, too.

For this display, Shari pulled out the long tray. She cut the floral stem down to fit at one end of the tray and bent the flowers so they would stand better and fill up one-half of the tray.

Add another floral stem to the opposite side of the tray and perhaps a bit of greenery as a background if you have some available.

Add the fruit, turning the best sides up. Make sure to add a few more green leaves from the stems to fill in the spaces.

This lovely, almost tropical arrangement will brighten up any table setting this spring. Of course, the silk flowers will outlive the fruit, which will need to be replaced once a week if you plan on keeping the arrangement fresh for a longer time.

The nicest thing about these arrangements is that the materials can be used if they aren't left out too long. Citrus is wonderful in fruit salads and fish and chicken dishes, as garnishes or even in drinks. And anytime is a good time for lemonade.

Shari Hiller and Matt Fox are best known for HGTV's "Room by Room." They now host the PBS television series "Around the House with Matt and Shari." Visit them on their website, www.mattandshari.com.

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