We still get calls from brides and florists around the country – indeed, around the world – asking us about the centerpieces in our City Chic Gallery which were featured in the Fall/Winter ’07 issue of Grace Ormonde. We don’t offer them for sale (at the moment), but they’re not difficult to recreate. Of course, that being said, I wouldn’t recommend a Bride actually try to arrange lampshade centerpieces for 15 tables on her wedding day. I will, however, explain how to recreate the look….
The square vases can be purchased at any floral supply store or Michaels craft store. Be sure they’re high enough for your guests to see through – at least 23″ tall by 4″ square. Jamaligarden.com sells them online.
Just Shades in NYC makes custom lampshades. For the tall square vase specified, order a 12 x 12 x 10 cube shade. If you’re using real candle light, as we did, tell them you won’t need the inside frame and ask them to recommend a fire-proof fabric or paper. Feel free to customize with your own fabrics, colors and trim. We selected a neutral to create a clean aesthetic and reflect the gradual lighting changes as each dinner course changed. Below is the same room in pink.
Once you’ve selected your shade and vase, you’ll need to order the crucial piece of the puzzle. Custom order a square or round plate from Canal Plastics which should be made exactly the same diameter as the bottom of your lampshade. Ask for frosted or a color to match your decor so your guests won’t see the mechanics of the centerpiece, and keep it as thin as possible while still supporting the weight of the candles and shade.
Now that you’ve got your ingredients, you’re ready to assemble. This should be done on the day of the wedding to avoid damage during transport.
1. Place the tray on the vase to determine the center and lightly mark the spots where it will sit on the corners of the vase.
2. Use a clear liquid adhesive or High Tack or Super Tack Glue Dots to attach the lampshade to the clear plastic tray.
3. If you choose to submerge flowers, remember to fill the vase with water and add the flowers before adhering the tray to the top of the vase. We submerged white Dendrobium orchid stems but you can use just about anything that strikes your fancy and works with your decor.
4. Place glue dots on the bottom of 12 votive candles and place them inside the lampshade on the tray. If your venue is candle shy, try http://www.save-on-crafts.com for a great choice of battery operated candles and LED lights.
5. Enhance with other candle light and small floral arrangements around the base to compliment the look.
Check out www.lampsplus.com line of Art Shades – there’s such a great selection. Here are some of my favorites. I could design a different event around each one of these:
For tree huggers….
For the traditionalist…
For a splash of color…
For the retro look….
If you opt for a round shade, I suggest a round vase as the base.
If you give this a try, email me a picture to let me know how it turned out.