Beer Bottles and Hurricanes

Yep, my centerpieces are going to include beer bottles and candle holders known as hurricanes. While on a planning trip in Minnesota this past spring, MOH Big Eyes, my Mom Sword, and I all went shopping for centerpiece inspiration. I did NOT expect to buy anything on this shopping trip, but things don’t usually turn out the way I expect them to go, so I shouldn’t have been surprised!

First off, let me give you my vision: I picture our tables as being dark and romantic. I want to name all of our tables a different inspirational or fun word (as opposed to the ever popular number idea), and I just love Miss Cauldron’s idea of naming her tables with parts of a sailboat! Beyond that, I knew I wanted to include empty beer bottles as a nod to Mr. Sword’s culture and beverage of choice. But that’s all I had. It was all very abstract in my head, and I wasn’t sure how it would look in the end.

Here are a few inspiration photos I’ve found using bottles:


Image via Apartment Therapy

While I think the yarn look is super gorgeous and unique, I feel like it’s a bit too outdoorsy and vintage for our wedding.


Image via Wit & Whistle

As soon as I saw this idea of putting lights IN the beer bottles I fell madly in love! How beautiful and romantic yet dark and whimsical!?!

But how the HECK do you get the lights in there? My plan was to start saving Mr. Sword’s empty beer bottles and then attempt to de-label them. But he mostly drinks Stella or Peroni, both of which are green in color, and I definitely preferred the brown bottles.


Image via Wikipedia

So that fateful day when we were merely hunting for centerpiece ideas, when we waltzed into Kirkland’s Home store we ended up waltzing out with these:


MOH Big Eyes and me

There are six bottles, empty and clean WITH the bottoms cut out, perfect for fitting a string of lights inside!! And they come in this metal holder crate thingy that seemed just right.

I knew I didn’t want to have all beer-bottle centerpieces, and by some miracle I found something else at the same store that I fell in love with:


Gorgeous dark chocolate hurricanes that will shine beautifully with a candle inside! So, currently the plan is to have half of the centerpieces be hurricanes and half be bottles.

Our next stop was to check out Michaels for the word portion of the centerpieces. Here is what we found:


Mom Sword has offered to both HOUSE and FINISH the centerpieces. Thanks for storing them, parents!


A month or so later Mom Sword had made some nice advancements on the centerpieces. She had confirmed that the lights in the bottles worked and looked GORGEOUS, she had figured out a way to prop up the words so they will be visible to guests, and she had added ivy and ribbon to the overall look to make the bottom appear fuller and wider. She also discovered that Jo-Ann Fabrics had a larger selection of word options than Michaels did, and we were able to go with a font we liked even better. When you are naming about 15 tables you want options!




I would.

Mom Sword found two different paint colors to try on our words. While at first I liked the shimmery one better, we quickly concluded that the more matte-looking cream color would be easier to see in a dimly lit reception room. It’s hard to tell from this photo, but the one we painted in the lighter shimmer almost turned gray in the dark, and you could barely see it!


What started as a random idea was suddenly coming together beautifully! I’m so lucky to have such a helpful mom, too! :)

Who else is going for a more unique and non-floral centerpiece? Anyone else using words instead of table numbers? Are my beer bottles and hurricanes going to come together in the end?!! We hope so!

(all photos personal unless noted otherwise noted)


Mrs. Sword

Wedding Date:
March 2013
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    ms.melli 527 posts, Busy bee @ 10:08 am

    I’m loving your ideas! Those hurricanes are awesome and I want them for my coffee table!! I’m glad I read your posts, I was born and raised here in mn and I have never heard of Kirkland home store!! I’m sooo excited to go and check it out!
    I’m excited to see your finished product, I think it will look great!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:17 am

    I love the words as table numbers idea!! And, your centerpiece inspiration is so unique and pretty!

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:35 am

    Love this! They will look great. I am thinking about non-floral centerpieces too, but I don’t have a plan or really ideas yet…

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:37 am

    I love this idea and am so jealous I didn’t think of it first! Are there pictures of the bottles? We’ve been trying to think of a way to have ‘fairy light’ centerpieces and this is super similar.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:54 am

    I really want to see a muck up, it sounds like they’re going to turn out great.

    I’m using beer bottles as well, but as general decoration, not as centerpieces. My uncle was more than happy to contribute to this project and supplied over 30 bottles in less than 3 months!

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    SouthernmostBride 111 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:44 pm

    Awesome, awesome idea. Are you going to have to plug them into an outlet or are you using the LED strands that run on a battery?

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:52 pm

    @ms.melli: Yea, I totally plan on using the hurricanes in my house post-wedding, and I had no idea that store existed either! My mom just showed me!
    @Mrs. Pony: Thanks Mrs. Pony!
    @Almost Mrs.P: The more I thought about it, I knew non-floral was the way to go for me!
    @StephK527: For some reason I didn’t take photos of my Mom’s setup, I’ll have to do that! The lights in the bottle are very fairy like!
    @Miss Toadstool: Really, that’s so cool! haha nice uncle!
    @SouthernmostBride: LED lights on a battery!

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    coyote 1780 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:26 pm

    Such a cool idea… I really like that you are using have beer bottles and have hurricanes. Your centerpieces are going to look so great!

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    coyote 1780 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:26 pm

    wow, have = half! :D

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:24 pm

    Awesome ideas! Can’t wait to see how they turn out :)

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    potion 223 posts, Helper bee @ 8:40 pm

    bottom-less beer bottles…that is awesome!

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    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 1:56 pm

    What a great idea for centerpieces – I can’t wait to see more pictures of your ideas and how they turn out! :)

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    MrsN2Be 590 posts, Busy bee @ 7:50 pm

    Great idea!! I can’t wait to see pictures.

    MrN & I are using cans painted cold as vases (random wild flowers in them, some will have holes in them as candle holders) so that’s unique.

    Our tables are being named after MrN’s favourite hockey players.

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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 8:31 am

    I’m doing a non-floral centerpiece two with wine bottles, although I am still using fake flowers with it. And I love your table name idea. Such a cute (and easy!) way to do it.

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:46 am

    @Mrs. Coyote: Thanks Mrs. Coyote!
    @MrsN2Be: Very cool idea!
    @Miss Ariel: Thanks!!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:49 pm

    We are blending non floral and floral together! I originally didn’t want florals but our non floral bird cage centerpieces needed something extra, so we are having some vine and blooms placed at the bottom to give them that extra bit! I can viusalise your centrepieces and they sound amazing!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:41 pm

    @Jacofblues: Sounds like your centerpieces will be lovely!

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:08 am

    I love the light-up beer bottles! It’ll look gorgeous when it all comes together!

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:20 am

    Oh my gosh, these things are going to look *amazing* when you’re finished!! All your finds were seriously kismet – can’t believe you found those bottles without the bottoms AND the perfect matching hurricanes!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:45 pm

    @Mrs. Fox: I know, seriously! So incredibly random and lucky!

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