Creating a festive holiday table-scape can sometimes be a costly venture. Fortunately there are inexpensive, creative holiday centerpieces that you can make using items from your home and lawn.
What follows are the instructions for creating a “Wine and Ice Christmas Centerpiece.” The “Wine and Ice Centerpiece” can also be modified to suit other thematic parties depending on need and taste.
To make this centerpiece you will need to assemble the following items; small but tall empty wine bottle or glass decanter, ½ gallon cardboard juice or milk container, distilled water, pieces of evergreen and holly, pine cones in various sizes, cranberries, and poinsettia flowers (real or plastic).
Step One: Making the Centerpiece Layers
Begin by washing and drying the cardboard container. Once it is washed and dried cut off the top of the container along the folded edged.
Next stand the empty bottle or decanter upright inside the modified cardboard container.
Then take the evergreen, holly, pine cones, cranberries and poinsettia flowers and place them inside the container around the bottle in a design of your choosing. Once the first layer is arranged to your liking pour two inches of distilled water over the top of the layer. Carefully place the container into the freezer and allow the water to freeze.
Proceed by making another layer of the berries, evergreens, holly, pine cones, and flowers. Pour two more inches of water on top of that layer and freeze it again.
Repeat layering and refreezing the container until the water is just below the top shoulder of the container. Then put the container back into the freezer and let it sit overnight until the water is completely frozen solid.
Step Two: Preparing the Centerpiece for the Table
Right before you are ready to set up your centerpiece remove it from the freezer and tear away the cardboard container. When it first comes out of the refrigerator you may have to let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes to loosen up the cardboard. If you are using a decanter you can skip the next few steps.
With the cardboard peeled away fill the empty wine with hot water and let it sit for approximately one minute. When you are able to twist the bottle around inside the ice sculpture gently grab the bottle by the neck and remove it from the ice.
Replace the empty wine bottle with a full wine bottle. If you used a decanter as opposed to an empty wine bottle, pour the wine you wish to serve directly into the empty decanter.
Place the “Ice and Wine Christmas Centerpiece” on a fairly deep, napkin lined holiday serving tray or saucer with a deep rim.
If desired you can place more evergreens or additional waterproof holiday decorations on to the serving tray as well.
Those that want to make a “Wine and Ice Centerpiece” for other special events should follow the same directions listed above only using different themed items during the creation of the layers.
For example a “Thanksgiving Wine and Ice Centerpiece” could be made using fall leaves, pine cones, acorns, Indian corn, cat tails or any other fall related items.