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What a roller coaster the last month has been! I won't go into the dips, but one of the peaks was having our son home. Since he's been out of the country for a year and a half, that meant there were lots of friends and family that hadn't seen him for that long. Even with a month of leave, it was difficult to meet up with everyone, so we decided on the same style of open house that we held before he left. We opened the doors at 3 and people could come and go. It was a lot of fun, and just what we all needed before we sent him back to Italy.
A party meant a little decorating. I gave our son the choice between a nautical theme or something more forest-ish. Since his job involves the sea, of course he chose the forest. That meant I needed to do a little party shopping.
I used to order from Oriental Trading a lot when the kids were still living at home. They were my go-to for party supplies, but as the kids grew up, I assumed we had outgrown shopping there as well. I'm happy to say I was wrong. Among other things, there's a craft section I didn't even know about! I loaded up my cart.
With just a few items, I was able to put together this centerpiece that felt perfect to represent my outdoorsy son and still satisfy my need for something festive. These are the things I used:
I only added a quart mason jar and a few pine cones, which I actually could have ordered too!
To put it together, I started by adding some wadded up paper to the box because I didn't want the contents to get lost in the bottom where they couldn't be seen. I even used the tissue the box came wrapped in, along with regular newspaper.
The next step was to push the paper over and slide the jar into one end. I knew if I put the branches in without a container they'd be likely to fall over, and the jar held them up nicely and fit my theme.
After fluffing the branches outside, so the bits that fell off wouldn't make a mess, I spread the moss over the paper. If you look closely at the jar you can see I tied the piece of jute twine that was holding the branches together in shipment around the top. Might as well use everything you can, right?
The lights are cordless, which is perfect for a centerpiece, but it meant I needed to hide the battery box. That was as simple as tucking it under the paper and moss on the end opposite the jar. The switch was still easily accessible on the side.
I strung the lights throughout the moss, then up the branches.
I added a few sticks, poking some in and laying a few down, then tossed some pine cones in between.
I scattered the extra sticks and pine cones down the center of the table on either side of the box.
I went back and forth on whether to paint the box ahead of time, but I'm glad I didn't. The wood fit better with the rest of my supplies. And no flowers in this centerpiece - which was perfect!
As the holidays get closer, I'll show you another fun thing I made with my Oriental Trading goodies!