Gumball Centerpiece

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

The easiest centerpiece that can also serve as dessert if your dinner guests are of the “carny” kind!

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Gumball Centerpiece
makes 1

What you need: 
1 jar
Gumballs (enough to fill jar)
Midway tickets (enough to wrap around the mouth of the jar)
Tape
10 small pom pom (learn how to make them HERE)
Hot glue
10 straws

What to do: 
1. Fill jar with gumballs
2. Wrap tickets around the mouth of the jar and secure with tape.
3. Hot glue pom poms to the tops of the straws.
4. Stick straws down into gumballs for a fun carnival inspired centerpiece.
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Other Pom Pom Crafts To Do:
Watermelon Pom Poms
Pom Pom Pool Party
Pom Pom Easter Basket

Polished in a Pinch: Homework Flowers

By Libbie Summers for Terra’s Kitchen
Assisted by David Dempsey

Welcome to “Polished in a Pinch,” a new weekly lifestyle series in collaboration with Terra’s Kitchen. Each week, I’ll share a new hack, tip, or recipe to take things to the next level in a short amount of time!

When my son was young, I couldn’t bare to discard anything his little hands had created – a sentiment that ended when he started growing facial hair and an attitude. You can imagine how many containers of coloring book pages and turkeys made out of construction paper hands started to pile up. Something had to be done.  Like Terra’s Kitchen, I’m a big fan of upcycling before recycling. It’s easy to toss something in the recycling bin. But, it’s a little harder (and a lot more fun) to figure out how to transform it into something beautiful and useful. These Homework Flowers are the perfect example. With the help of little hands, what was once math worksheets and coloring book pages are now the homespun chic centerpiece of the dinner table.
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Homework Flowers
Makes 5 flowers

What you need:
5 sheets of homework, coloring book pages, old mail, old maps
1 spatula
1 piece of paper card stock
1 pencil
1 pair of scissors
5 paper cup cake liners (colorful is best)
1 glue stick
5 paper straws
1 mason jar/vase/glass/whatever
What to do:
1. Make flower template: Place the head of the spatula on the card stock and draw aro
und it (moving it in a circle) to make the petals of a flower. Cut out.
2. Make flower base: Place the template on each sheet of homework paper and draw around. Cut out.
3. Make flower center: Fold the cupcake liner in half and make small cuts 1-inch from the edge to the center.
4. Assemble the flowers: Use the glue stick to glue the center of the flower onto the
homework flower. Fold the flower petals up to create a flat area at the base of the flower. Pinch the end of your paper straw to create a flat area (your straw will be your flower stem). Glue the flat part of the flower to the flat part of the straw. Set aside to dry. Continue with the remaining flowers and straws.
5. Make the arrangement: Scrunch the petals of your flowers a little with your hands so they are not so flat. Bunch the flowers together and drop in the glass jar. Place in the center of your table. Unlike other flowers, this arrangement will last for weeks! Remember to recycle when done using.
Pro Tip: For big drama, place multiple jars filled with the paper flowers all over the table.
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A Private Dinner Benefiting The Fresh Air Home

by Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong for Savannah Magazine
Assisted by David Dempsey, Candace Brower, Anthony Lunnsmann
Benefiting The Fresh Air Home

1 amazing cause
8 guests
4 staff
1 beautiful setting
150 Chinese lanterns
60 paper strawberry flowers of all sizes
150 yards red satin ribbon
20 quarts strawberries
6 bottles of wine
5 courses

A strawberry-inspired event.
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GET THE RECIPES!
Bermudan Strawberry Mojito
Sweet Pea Soup
Wild Arugula Salad with Garlic Croutons, Shaved Parmesan and Caramelized Lemon
Roast Tenderloin of Beef with Sweet Strawberry Mashed Potatoes
Strawberry Upside Down Skillet Corn Cake

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A Paper Strawberry Flower Centerpiece VIDEO

by Libbie Summers 
Photography by Chia Chong for Savannah Magazine
Assisted by David Dempsey, Candace Brower, Anthony Lunsmann

A couple of months ago I had the honor of hosting a private dinner to benefit The Fresh Air Home (a summer camp for underprivileged children). The 5 course dinner was inspired by a just ripe strawberry and a playful child. And, this was the homespun chic centerpiece. It was a very special night overlooking the Grove River. ‘ll be sharing more recipes and details this week, but seriously, how perfect would this be as the centerpiece on your Mother’s Day table?!

Let’s Get Pickled! DIY Party Invitations

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

STOP EVERYTHING! This could possibly be the most fun cocktail party invitation ever!

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DIY Pickle Invitations
yields 1

Ingredients
3 sheets colored card stock (light green, kelly green, orange)
1 glue stick
colored pencils
scissors

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Step 1. Cut out 4 shapes (jar, pickles, label, & lid). Use a colored pencil to mark the pickles.

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Step 2. Using a glue stick, glue down all shapes until your pickle jar is complete.

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Step 3. Add a business card or homemade logo to complete the pickle jar branding.

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Step 4: Flip the jar around and use a colored pencil to write a sassy note.

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