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Floating Flowers-and-Candle Centerpiece

It's a cheese board; it's a serving dish; it's a place to corral cocktail garnishes — it's a basic white platter (this one's from, the most versatile item in your cupboard. Here, we use it as a vessel for displaying blossoms and candles in an elegant centerpiece. Float a few flowers freshly picked from your garden like these fluffy pink peonies in small bowls, and arrange them with votive candles.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2009


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  • White platter
  • Small bowls
  • Large-size flowers like peonies
  • Votive candles
  • Floral shears
  • Water


  1. Prep flowers by using floral shears to trim blossoms from the stem.
  2. Fill small bowls with water.
  3. Carefully arrange flowers in water-filled bowls so that they float on the surface.
  4. Fill empty spaces on the platter with lit candles.

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