I usually reserve holiday decorating in my home for Halloween or Christmas. But for Valentine’s Day, I can’t resist creating a fun centerpiece for the dining table. I really love when things have multiple purposes so a candy bar centerpiece is a really great idea!
Candy comes in bright colors, is whimsical and goes really well with fresh flowers. This centerpiece idea is super simple to create and is especially good if you are throwing a party!
Over the years, I have picked up quite a few great glass serving pieces from Goodwill of Orange County. But to create this centerpiece, I was looking for a few new pieces so I headed to the OC Goodwill Boutique in Tustin.
They have a great selection of items to repurpose for home entertaining. They also have such creative displays. It is truly inspiring! It’s fun to go shopping during different seasons to see how they have the displays set up.
There were a few things that I was in search of. I knew I wanted a simple glass container to hold fresh flowers and I hoped to find more glass decanters. I found things that worked really well together.
The glass pieces ranged in price from $1.99 to $2.99. Then I came across this really great marble tray. I splurged a bit, since the tray was $24.99, but I had to have it. I thought it would be the perfect base for the centerpiece. When I’m shopping at a thrift store, I always like to try to buy pieces that I can use over again. I know this tray will get tons of use so I felt like it was worth it!
My years of thrifting have taught me that sometimes it takes a little work to get the pieces you find ready to use. Especially with glass vases, cups, etc. the price tags tend to either be difficult to remove or leave a sticky residue. I keep Goo Gone under my sink to help me remove anything that doesn’t come of with soap and warm water. You don’t need to use much and you can find smaller bottles that will last a really long time!
First try to peel off as much of the price tag as you can. Then spray on some Goo Gone and use a towel or rag to rub away the stickiness. Sometimes it helps to let the Goo Gone sit, on a tough spot, for a minute before trying to remove. The Goo Gone is very oily so it can stain certain finishes. Make sure to test it on an inconspicuous spot! It is fine on most glass pieces.
All you need to finish up your centerpiece is a variety of your favorite Valentine’s Day candy and a simple bouquet of fresh flowers. Candy is very versatile and you can easily find specific colors if you have a color scheme in mind. Store bought flowers or flowers from your own yard are the perfect finishing touch!
My husband and I are not big candy eaters, so this is not overly tempting for us. My kids, on the other hand, have rules so that they can’t just go eat candy whenever they want to. This is a really fun way to display candy and add some color to your dining room.
Happy Valentine’s Day!