Last week, I hosted Sheva Brochos (one of seven wedding after-parties, each with seven blessings) for the children of my dear friends, Andrea and Michael. The chosson (groom) and kallah (bride), Davidi and Efrat, are a gorgeous and young couple.
The Sheva Brochos was hosted together with five other couples, all close friends of Andrea and Michael. Since this Sheva Brochos was toward the end of the week of partying, we created a theme and menu that would be lighthearted, interesting and youthful.
We decided to host the Sheva Brochos as a Spanish fiesta and it was wonderful!
We set up a taco bar with pulled beef, pulled chicken, chili, an assortment of taco shells and rice choices. There were lots of toppings and salad choices for the vegetarian and diet-conscious guests, too. Over the next weeks, I will share recipes, menu and table setting inspirations from this wonderful Sheva Brochos.
As a backdrop to the Sheva Brochos fiesta, I challenged myself to create centerpieces to reflect the youth and glamour of this couple and the fun inspired by the fiesta theme.
Since we had not allocated much of a budget for centerpieces, I created centerpieces that were inexpensive but sensational. I set up long rectangular tables and round tables. For each long table, its centerpiece spanned four feet in length, six inches in width and amazingly, only required six flowers that I had upcycled from last week’s floral bouquet. For each round table, its centerpiece spanned two feet in length, six inches in width and amazingly, only required three flowers that I had upcycled from last week’s floral bouquet.
For the floral arrangements, I selected the straightest two inch by six inch by eight foot lumber beams from my local Home Depot. Since I was using both long and round tables, I purchased two eight foot length beams and had the lumber cutter at Home Depot cut them. I cut one beam into two four-foot beams and the other into one four-foot beam and two two-foot beams.
I now had three four-foot beams and two two-foot beams. On an outside table, I sanded the wood with my hand sander, paying particular attention to the area that had been cut at Home Depot. The sanding took only a few moments per beam, but really smoothed the beams, removing all splinters and jagged edges.
I then sprayed the top and the sides of each beam with metallic gold spray paint and let it dry for several hours.
Sand rough edges of beam.
Spray paint the top and all sides of the beams in your favorite color. I used metallic gold spray paint
Cut blossoms off of stem.
Set up glass vases at equal intervals along beam, aligning first and last vases with the edges of the beam.
Add one inch of water or clear water pearls to each vase.
Carefully place each blossom in each vase.
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