Darling Succulent Table

By: Mary Swenson

As utterly pretty as cut flowers are, they can often be cost-prohibitive and certainly don't last as long as we'd like them to. Enter the succulent: These plants are inexpensive, long-lasting, and uniquely modern - and are an easy way to DIY your own centerpieces and favors! 

Succulents come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are readily available at most garden centers. Once you have determined the number of succulents you will need to create a centerpiece for your table, choose identical or complimentary containers for the plants. We planted ours in gray-brown clay pots that looked great with the color of the Sempervivum (also known as "Hen and Chicks") succulents we chose to use. 

 Line the pots side-by-side in the middle of long tables, like we did, or cluster them in the middle of a round table. Voila - an instant centerpiece! 


For favors, we planted smaller succulents inside mini craft boxes and personalized each with a strip of paper, secured in the back with glue. Make sure the soil is not wet when you plant the succulents in the paper boxes, and instruct your guests to plant them in a proper pot once they are home.  


 The earthy colors of the plants and containers called for a neutral base of white and off-white table linens; simple, un-fussy white plates; and just a dash of pattern on the napkins. The browns, greens, and maroons are beautifully subdued and yet sophisticated enough to stand on their own; no extra flash necessary!


Post-wedding, keep your succulents in a sunny spot and water once a week. These lovely plants will provide enjoyment for a long time! 
Last Updated: August 3, 2013 at 11:03 pm
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