Halloween: Three Simple Centerpieces for Your Home or Holiday Party
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Halloween: Three Simple Centerpieces for Your Home or Holiday Party

Halloween centerpieces do not have to be expensive or time consuming; here are three great suggestions for your Halloween decorating.

The holiday season is a very busy time for many families and events can creep up unexpectedly and catch you unprepared and scrambling at the last minute for decorating ideas.  Halloween is a time one has to find or make costumes, shop for candy, carve pumpkins, bake sweet treats and decorate for parties or the home.

It doesn't have to be a complicated process to make a dining table or buffet look fantastic with simple, inexpensive centerpieces. Some easy-to-assemble centerpieces can include:  

  • simple bubble bowls with black pillar or votive candles anchored at the bottom of the bowl with corn candy or popcorn kernels.  Place a large bubble bowl in the center of your table or create a cluster of various sizes and elevations of bowls and candles on a mirror to create an extra special effect. Perch a small stuffed raven or crow on the edge of the bowl or hang a furry spider from the rim.
  • a gauze ghost with lighting.  Purchase one yard of white gauze for each ghost you wish to create.  Soak the yard of gauze with a squeeze bottle of fabric stiffener which can be purchased at any hobby or fabric shop.  Drape over an average-size bottle of dishwashing detergent - for extra impact, duct tape a seven-to-eight inch dowel across the back of the bottle for arms.  Adjust the fabric so it puddles at the foot of the ghost and covers the dowels completely.  For maximum effect, use two layers of the one yard of gauze. Allow to dry overnight and remove from the dishwashing bottle form. At this point it should stand upright on its own. Add felt or marker eyes and other features and place on a round or square mirror over a battery-operated votive candle.  Do not use real candles as this centerpiece can be very flamable.  Scatter orange candy pumpkins or other candies around the base of the ghost.    
  • silhouette candle holders. Copy your favorite or scariest Halloween black silhouettes on vellum paper. Cut to fit straight-edged clear glass candle holders and tape to the glass.  Pop in and light regular votive candles or insert battery-operated candles for an eery glow.  If stored properly, these centerpieces can be used many times over.  

Now that you have these time-efficient centerpieces to make, you can enjoy your Halloween holiday with time to spare for other  activities.

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