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Tuesday
Dec162008

Easy & Green Holiday Décor

rafanelli_apple.jpgLast week I had the pleasure of attending another media luncheon hosted by Stop & Shop, and in addition to chatting about holiday survival tips with Stop & Shop, event planning guru Bryan Rafanelli offered some fabulously chic yet inexpensive holiday décor ideas. These three green ideas were my favorites:
1. Apple Décor

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This idea is absurdly easy yet looks so elegant for the table or mantle. Tie a ribbon (in both directions, and form a bow tie on top) around red apples. (Bryan used ¼ inch satin, which is inexpensive and available at local craft stores.) If you want to use the apples for place settings, attach name tags to a toothpick using a glue gun or piece of tape, then pierce the toothpick into the top of the apple, as shown.

2. Green Garland

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I really loved how natural and beautiful this garland looked, and thought the use of unexpected materials was so clever. String radishes and brussel sprouts using a sharp, strong needle. I recommend using clear plastic thread or fishing line; it won’t show up, plus you won’t have to worry about cotton fibers inside the radishes and brussel sprouts when you eat the veggies later.

3. Organica

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These centerpieces were so pretty. Fill glass cylinder vases with nuts or lentils and – similar to the apple décor concept above – top with an orange tied with a ribbon. Attach a single orchid bloom to each orange if you want to fancy it up (but still on a budget; you only need one bunch of flowers since each orange requires a single bloom).

Image credits: Steve Meyer Photography

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