How to Make a Wedding Centerpiece with Fruit in a Martini Glass

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Lemons and limes make excellent choices for a fresh fruit centerpiece.

A martini glass centerpiece is a statement of elegance for the guest tables at a wedding reception. The long stems and full, open bloom of the glasses stand out on the tables and will have a grand effect on the guests upon entering the reception. Larger versions of martini glasses are commonly filled with flowers or crystals, which provide a lovely sparkle. For a fresh alternative, fruit corresponding to the wedding decor will appear just as lovely. Fruit can be used with the popular adornments of flowers and candles or left alone for a simpler centerpiece.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Extra-large martini glasses
  • Cranberries
  • Floating candles
  • Red rose petals
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    • 1

      Wash the martini glasses in warm water with a mild dish detergent. Dry them thoroughly using a soft dishcloth. Ensure there are no streaks or smudges on the glass to detract from the elegance of the centerpiece.

    • 2

      Sort through the cranberries and remove any that are damaged or smushed, as they will ruin the overall appearance of the centerpiece. Sort cranberries by color tone into piles. Pile the cranberries into each glass so they fill it three-quarters full. Make sure and include many different tones in each glass, which will give it a varied and visually appealing look.

    • 3

      Place each glass in the center of a table. Pour water into the glass slowly so the water reaches 1 to 1 1/2 inches above the cranberries. Refrain from pouring in too much water, or the cranberries will float upward and interfere with the candles.

    • 4

      Place a floating candle in each glass just on the surface of the water. Ensure it lies in the water evenly and does not tip over easily. Light the candle.

    • 5

      Scatter a few large handfuls of red rose petals at the base of the glass that match the tones of the cranberries.

Tips & Warnings

  • Lemons, limes, oranges and many other fruits can be used, whether in this same manner or cut up and submerged in water. They can also be used dry with floral blooms placed at the mouth of the glass.

  • Cranberries and other dark fruit are especially great for autumn weddings, while brightly colored fruit like lemons and limes would be better for spring or summer gatherings.

  • Keep children away from the lit candles.

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