I happen to be in the world’s smallest book club. It’s just three of us – my lovely friends Julianne and Lindsey, and moi. We rotate between hosting and it’s usually a weeknight dinner, but ever since I moved “out to the country” (aka about an hour or so outside of Washington, DC) whenever it’s my turn to host, we have a lovely brunch instead of dinner. And we all know how brunch is my favorite!
A few days before brunch, I attended a floral design class with my team and I was hoping that my take-home centerpiece would last until Sunday so I could repurpose it. Well of course, the lovely blue hydrangea that made up half of the arrangement started to wilt rather quickly and was definitely gone by Sunday. But if nothing else, being a nonprofit event planner teaches you how to be resourceful! So I used some of the other flowers that were still alive and made a new arrangement for my centerpiece, as well as some easy, but lovely, placecards.
For the centerpiece, first I took apart the entire arrangement and tossed was was dead (with a heavy heart!). Luckily the green hydrangea and roses were still very much alive.
I knew that I wanted to incorporate books into the decor (this is book club, after all!). My husband and I have a rather large collection of books for two 20-somethings so I just went to my shelves and pulled some older books that all happened to be blue. If you don’t have old books lying around like I do, thrift shops or used book stores would be a great place to find something!
Instead of a traditional vase, I wanted something opaque. This is because I knew I would need to hand tie the hydrangeas and rose together and it wouldn’t look pretty below the blooms. I opted for a fun little teapot I own because it had a blue design. It was the perfect size.
I tied the hydrangeas together with a single white rose and cut them to fit in my teapot.
Then I used a blue and white gingham ribbon to tie the books together. Voila! A simple, but lovely centerpiece!
I used tablecloths and napkins I had on hand, deciding on this blue, almost-but-not-quite toile by Martha Stewart, with the coordinating napkins. I wrapped the napkins with the stripe facing outward so it wasn’t so matchy-matchy.
For the placecards, I decided to sacrifice another old book (Jane Eyre – don’t hate me, but it’s not my favorite!) and tore a few pages out. I hand cut small hearts, wrote my guests’ names, and tied with a piece of twine around the napkin. I made hearts because it was something I could cut freehand easily, but you could easily use a stencil to make something else.
I had a few extra white roses left from my centerpiece, so I placed one in the twine napkin ring.
And that’s book club!
The menu was a breakfast casserole, fresh fruit, cinnamon roll monkey bread, and (of course) mimosas.
I’ll close with the quotation I had on our chalkboard in our dining room:
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