I Covet Ribbons, Lanterns and Milk Glass

When I started to pull together my vision of our centerpieces I had three distinct elements in mind. It took a little time for these to gel into an integrated idea.

Like Miss Pencils, I’ve got a hankering to use ribbon on our tables. I blame credit Martha in all her wonderfulness. I saw this image in Martha Stewart Weddings and knew I must create a lattice out of ribbon. Thanks, Martha.

Martha Stewart Weddings

Being the budget conscious gal that I am, I also remembered reading that using bud vases on your tables is a good way to keep the cost low. I’m hoping to use Dahlias at our Seattle reception and handmade tissue paper flowers in Fort Wayne so bud vases would be the perfect way to display 2-3 beautiful blooms. Following Jessica’s wedding over at The Budget Savvy Bride is where I first spotted milk glass bud vases. The crisp white was a clean contrast to colorful flowers and reusing vases seemed pretty earth friendly to me. Checking in at my local St Vincent De Paul’s I found a wide assortment of milk glass ranging from $.60 to $1.50. I quickly filed Milk glass away as a great budget saving option.

Source: The Budget Savvy Bride’s wedding

Source: Peter and Dianna’s Wedding on TBSB

The third element? Paper lanterns. I love me some paper lanterns. L-O-V-E. I already had filed these splashes of color away for reception decor and church decorations when Mrs Frenchie posted images from Head of the Table that made me stop dead in my tracks.



Umm”¦ yes, I would like me some of that—with a side of ribbon and a tall glass of milk glass. K, thanks.

Suddenly I had an image of what our centerpieces would look like. The best part? I could easily reuse them at our Midwest Party and make them that much more affordable. OK, OK, they are pretty darn affordable right now—under $12 per centerpiece. Here is a quick picture of what I envision them looking like.

Style A uses fresh dahlias for our Seattle reception. Style B uses tissue paper flowers for the Midwest Party in November (when bright colorful flowers will be out of season). I love the different textures that this mix incorporates.

But would it work in real life? I took the opportunity when Mr Pretzel and I were visiting his family over Christmas to work with my FMIL to create a mock-up. I discovered that the mini lantern holds a battery operated tea light perfectly! Needless to say I was pleased.

High ho high ho”¦ in search of ribbon and milk glass I go.

How did you piece together the elements of your tablescapes? Did you find inspiration in pieces or all at once?


Mrs. Pretzel

Wedding Date:
July 2010
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    spaniel 6778 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 8:08 pm

    I love this style; it looks totally fun!

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    Emily, Guest @ 8:27 pm

    This Martha was the first wedding magazine I bought when I started thinking wedding… and that picture is also my inspiration. :) Looks great! Can’t wait to see it finalized!

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    cheeseburger 1020 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:34 pm

    looks AWESOME!

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    tigs_pal 75 posts, Worker bee @ 8:41 pm

    Hey–I just had an idea that could be easier (or harder) than craft glue :) What about that iron on stuff that I used to make those lovely sweatshirts? You can buy it in ribbons, I think, and it might not “booger” like the craft glue does sometimes? Hmm.. Maybe I’ll call you after Lost :) Hugs..

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    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:19 pm

    Those look awesome! :)

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:59 pm

    Wow, that looks so good!!! LOVE the ribbon and the mini-lanterns, tre chic!

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    mspencils 1015 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:10 pm

    those look awesome!!! your inspiration produced some awesome awesome real life centerpieces!

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:30 pm

    I love your inspiration!! and the trial looks adorable! :)

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    what2bee 229 posts, Helper bee @ 10:58 pm

    Ohhhh Martha!

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    Happy Nappy Bride, Guest @ 11:01 pm

    Wasn’t someone selling a bunch of milk glass in the classifieds recently?

    Anyhoo, I got a lot of ours at local antique stores pretty cheap.

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    argyle 2519 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:02 pm

    LOVE the ribbon! I have seriously lusted over that idea since I saw it.

    As for the paper lanterns from Head of the Table – that was one of our original centerpiece ideas (nevermind that those pictures are taken at my actual reception location – woot!).

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    Vitsippa 1369 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:29 am

    Oooooooooh … I love this!

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    KBsquared 289 posts, Helper bee @ 3:40 am

    i found tons of milk glass at antique shops, our local HOB (they sell lots of random crap, im just glad to have found some good) and i asked relatives for some pieces on loan…. i’m also using glass and crystal bud vases and putting white paint inside them…. semi handmade milk glass!

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    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:32 am

    Love milk glass :)

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    Lo 538 posts, Busy bee @ 1:05 pm

    The Martha Stewart ribbons are gorgeous. As much as I like the milk glass I swoon for the blue mason jars but I actually like the look of them together a lot.

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    Miss Chicken Wing 1225 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:20 pm

    SO cute!!! I love the mat! I think that’s a great idea and how awesome is getting to reuse these?!??! Wicked awesome – that’s how awesome! :)

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    mandalynn17 1509 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:24 pm

    I fell in love with milk glass too, but had trouble finding a bountiful supply where I am. Instead I painted clear glass with high gloss spray paint. Looks exactly the same. Just a thought if you run into issues finding the milk glass!

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    amorette, Guest @ 5:12 pm

    I want those mini lanterns!! OMG – so cute!
    Can you share???

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