...well these centerpieces are not maybe what you'd expect - BUT - they were different, perfect for their setting (in a barn, don't forget) and better yet - relatively inexpensive - which is a good thing since there were over 40.
On about 15 tables, we decorated with "real" sap buckets filled with sand to hold curly willow (free) and dried hydrangeas and sedum(yes, free and free) in place. They were tied with a piece of burlap and placed on an additional piece of burlap. For a pop of color - we used more hedge apples (which again - were free). A couple of simple votives and some white beans and split peas sprinkled around finished it off. Oh and I almost forgot - those white rusty balls - available at the shop - were added just for some interest.
...all lit up...
About 15 other tables were dressed with wire cloches and pretty birds perched high. They were set on cake plates - "borrowed" from many family members - for a lil' height. Some simple honeysuckle, hedge apples, a few dried hydrangeas, a candle and of course, beans, complete the look.
The simplest arrangements on the remaining tables were just various glass containers ( again - Borrowed) filled with beans, peas and candles. Simple - but pretty.
This lil' vignette was on the gift table - a large lantern filled with hedge apples, some leftover gourds, beans in a jar - imagine that - and some willow and peacock feathers.
You can see the willow a lil' better in this picture. Let me suggest if you don't own a "curly willow" tree - DO GET ONE. They are easy to root, quick to grow - make gorgeous accent twigs in all kinds of arrangements and do you know how expensive they are to buy at the store? - well, they are HIGH - that I do know.
Now, y'all go buy you some beans and get decorating!!!!