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DIY: Modern Spring Centerpiece Ideas

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Looking for spring party inspiration? Here are a few surprisingly quick & easy centerpieces that I put together for a Spring themed cocktail party.

If you’ve followed the blog for a while, it’s probably no secret that manzanita branches & grapewood are one of my favorite elements for creating centerpieces… due largely in part that they make a fabulous “canvas” for all sorts of decorations. They’re also a quick, easy way to create large & impactful centerpieces at a fraction of the cost of big floral arrangements.

spring centerpiece and cocktail party ideas

Even better: these particular arrangements are made with just a few main elements: branches, moss balls, artificial butterflies, and orange mums.

I chose a contemporary palette of bright green and vibrant orange for this party, but – as always – this same concept can be tailored to any colors of your choice!

Full DIY details and shopping resources below…

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SPRING CENTERPIECE #1 – Manzanita in Square Vase

You’ll need:
Natural Red Manzanita – 12-18″ size ($4.18 at blooms and branches)
Moss Ball (3.5″ Bumpy/Cobblestone ball used here)
Artificial Butterflies
Mums (or your flower of choice)
White Ceramic Vase (or your vessel of choice)
Floral Foam Bricks – Wet

Directions:
1. Soak floral foam according to instructions. Trim to size & insert in vase.
2. Insert branch into the center of the foam.
3. Trim flower stems to just a few inches tall and insert them into the wet foam, making sure the fit is tight and completely covers the foam.
4. Decorate the branch with moss balls & butterflies. Use hot glue or pop up glue dots (available at craft & scrapbook stores) to secure the butterflies in place. I prefer glue dots… less chance of burned fingers!

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SPRING CENTERPIECE #2 – Manzanita in Rectangle Vase
(Pictured behind centerpiece #1)

spring centerpiece and cocktail party ideas

Directions:
This is essentially the same as Centerpiece #1, just utilizing a rectangular vase instead of the square vase, and green button mums instead of the orange mums. I also used a smaller manzanita branch here – the 10 – 14″ size, but you can also use the 12-18″ size as well.

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SPRING CENTERPIECE #3 – Grapewood Branch
(Pictured in image #2)

You’ll need:
Grapewood Branch in the size of your choice
Moss Ball (5.5″ Bumpy/Cobblestone ball used here)
Artificial Butterflies

Directions:
Add moss ball and butterflies to grapewood branch using hot glue or glue dots. Depending on the shape of the branch, you may be able to just wedge the ball in place and skip the gluing all together!

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spring centerpiece and cocktail party ideas

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And for a fun cocktail idea for spring parties, try a colorful Chambord French Martini (featuring black raspberry & pineapple flavors) garnished with lemon or orange twists!

spring centerpiece and cocktail party ideas

French Martini Recipe:

1-1/2 oz vodka
1/4 oz Chambord® Raspberry Liqueur
1/4 oz fresh pineapple juice

Shake with ice and pour into a cocktail or martini glass.

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One More Tip!
• Use glue dots to add more of the artificial butterflies to the edges of serving trays & bowls. This helps to give your food & party decor a cohesive look. =)

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

38 responses to “DIY: Modern Spring Centerpiece Ideas”

  1. Welcome back Jenn!
    This is so beautiful the butterflies are amazing, the color is so Spring!

  2. Welcome back Jenn!
    This is so beautiful the butterflies are amazing, the color is so Spring!

  3. Gorgeous, as usual! I am hoping to use some branch decorations with butterflies at Kate’s party this weekend…we’ll see if I can get them together! :) Hope you are getting settled with your new sweetheart! xoxo

  4. I love button mums! That moss ball is very cool as well. I like the colors too – very spring meets summer!

  5. Love the orange and green! I am putting together a spring baby shower in lime and aqua and am using branches like these. Love the butterflies! Great work.

  6. Patty says:

    I’m so in love with the coloring in all these pictures! Can’t wait to try out that martini recipe ;)

  7. Janelle says:

    Loving these! The colors are stunning & the manzanita is awesome. I love the simplicity of it.
    I’m anxious to try the martini too…maybe for Easter brunch!
    Hope you’re enjoying every minute with your little one!!!

  8. Shetal Vyas says:

    I love these! They are so fresh and can be used for showers or even a daytime wedding!

  9. Elisha Akram says:

    I love the centerpieces. Colors are really nice!

  10. This fresh, vibrant idea reminds me of exactly how I feel when winter turns the page and bursts into spring!

  11. Michele says:

    Great ideas! Another wood that looks great for this sort of thing is rhododendron or the wild mountain laurels if you live somewhere where they grow like weeds like they do by us.

  12. Ashlie Frederick says:

    Very pretty! Love orange and green together.

    http://itsmypartybyashlie.blogspot.com

  13. sarah says:

    I love the the wood, it’s simply gorgeous! These are beautiful.

  14. Emma says:

    Very pretty, love the centerpiece. If you dont mind me asking where do you get your manzanita branch? It looks perfect!

  15. jenn says:

    Hi Emma –
    The manzanita branches are from Blooms & Branches: http://www.bloomsandbranches.com

    Cheers,
    Jenn :)

  16. Katina says:

    Hey Jenn
    Can you tellne where you got green and white tray?

    Thanks

  17. Paula says:

    Ditto on that tray info! This is a great look!!!

  18. Megan says:

    Manzanita is my favorite ever, I used it at my November 2007 wedding instead of flowers! People Loved it!! Thanks this party is awesome!!

  19. Jenn @ HWTM says:

    Katina & Paula –

    I got the green giraffe tray at Z Gallerie but I’ve had it for almost a year so I’m not 100% sure they sell it anymore – BUT I still have the direct link to the product page (even though it’s not currently listed on their site) and it says that it’s “temporarily out of stock” and there’s # you an call to order, so maybe there’s still a chance it will be available. Here’s the link:

    http://www.zgallerie.com/p-7688-giraffe-tray-green-21-x-13.aspx

    Jenn :)

  20. Firdose says:

    thanks for the great, colorful idea! can’t wait to try it myself :)

  21. Anything with Chambord is alright in my book!

  22. rebecca says:

    i love the napkins!!

    would you mind sharing where you got them from?

  23. Bernadette says:

    Would you please tell me what fonts you used in the photos? Thanks!

  24. Jenn @ HWTM says:

    Bernadette –
    The fonts used are AvantGarde and Freebooter Script :)

  25. Murtaza says:

    Thanks again HWTM for featuring Jamali Garden. Our website recently went through a re-design. The link above unfortunately does not work anymore. The new link to our Cobble Moss Balls is: http://www.jamaligarden.com/productdetail/21130/12/floral-supplies/moss-cobble-balls.php

    Thanks again,
    Murtaza
    Jamali Garden

  26. Jenn @ HWTM says:

    Thanks for the heads up, Murtaza! I’ve updated the link within the post :)

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  29. Rogue Bride says:

    I just bought 5 manzanita trees so I can do this project. Thanks for the inspiration – I’m linking to you on my blog.

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  31. Deborah Kelly says:

    great creativity love it! Also if anyone finds the green and white tray for sale somewhere let me know!

  32. Holley Merie says:

    Great Idea !!! The Photos are looked amazing. You did a great job.

    Thanks !!!!