Pressed-Flower Plates

Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2004

For a reception, brighten plain dinnerware with a sprinkling of cheerful blooms that coordinate beautifully with your centerpieces. All you need is a collection of pressed dried flowers (available at crafts-supply stores, floral shops, and online boutiques) to complete this temporary transformation -- an ideal makeover for rental place settings. Arrange the flowers (we used cosmos, larkspur, marigolds, and verbena) on chargers, then cover them with clear glass plates. Place cards, featuring a pressed bloom attached with double-sided tape, tie it all together. For maximum impact, we set our colorful floral motif against a white backdrop.

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