Help! Decorating a Fireplace Mantel

Help! Decorating a Fireplace Mantel

Grace Shu
Jun 25, 2009

We're hosting a bridal shower at our house in less than two weeks, and one of our friends who is a party planner came over to finalize the schedule and go over our pre-party duties. Even though the party will be in the backyard for the most part, we decided that it would be a good idea to decorate the living room. After all, guests will be coming through the front door and dropping off their bags/gifts before heading outside for an afternoon of cocktails, food, and yes, ping pong. Since we blew all of the budget on that aspect of the party (mainly booze, food, and decorations), we're trying to find a cost-effective way to decorate the living room. And since the fireplace mantel is the focal point of the room, we figured that our best bet is to focus our attention on that specific area to set the tone for the festivities...

So here's what we came up with from stuff we had around the house: Two wooden hurricanes (a Christmas gift from a family member), a vintage 70s vase (another gift), a leftover Ikea holder (originally used to sort kitchen utensils), pink peonies from the garden in what looks like a Communion goblet found at the Alameda swap meet a few years back, and a horseshoe house blessing from Dogeared. However, we're feeling a bit...dissatisfied...with the arrangement. It looks entirely too symmetrical, and a bit generic. One thing we'd love to do is be able to incorporate certain elements of the party (the entire wedding will be eco-friendly right down to the wedding dress and veil, and the colors we're using for the bridal shower is yellow, white, and black).

Anyone have any ideas on how to decorate this fireplace mantel?

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