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Winter Wonderland: Creating a Snowy Centerpiece

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Christmas is magical. Here at Parterre, we love adding a bit more magic to the holidays with a fanciful centerpiece, one that I’ve loved recreating over the years…perhaps because it’s also so easy to assemble and adaptable to tables long or round. I’d encourage you to consider a forest green cloth as it truly sets off the all-white scene (mine, as shown, is velvet).

Let’s do this together. There are only 4 elements you’ll need…

Blocks of florist’s Oasis®
Packaged “snow”
White Taper candles (heights 24″, 15″ and 6″)
Evergreen branch clippings


  1. Line up the Oasis® in the configuration you wish.


2. Press the candles into the tops of the Oasis® until they are secured.


3. Scatter snow to cover the Oasis® and create drifts out from the center.



4. Insert clippings into the Oasis® or nestle into the snow.


5. Finish the scene with your favorite white plates and napkins, clear glass goblets and twinkling silver….then light the candles.


Often times I’ll carry the snow scene into the main salon which can be seen from this dining area (above). This Santa has been in the family for years.


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

13 thoughts on “Winter Wonderland: Creating a Snowy Centerpiece

  1. You are amazing!!! I sooo love this and may need to make one of my very own:) May I share this on my Seven on Sunday post, think my readers would love to see this. You may it look so easy!

    1. Oh Yes, please do share…and send me a picture if you do decide to recreate this; it really is so easy. Promise!!

  2. You are amazing. This is beautiful and looks pretty simple to assemble. Thank you for step by step instructions, Looks like you all are getting a lot of snow up there. We envy that down here in coastal Alabama!
    Looking forward to seeing you in Newport one of these days. Thank you for your inspiring web site. Sally

    1. Greetings from Newport (we don’t have snow yet). So happy to hear you’re inspired by this blog; it will be very unique, I imagine, for a coastal Alabama centerpiece. Enjoy! Merry, merry, Bettie

  3. Oh My! This truly puts me in the festive spirit! We live among the pines so creating this forest setting is brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing and I love your St. Nicholas figurine.

    1. Thank you, Evelyn, for sending me your comment…and i’m so glad you like my Russian Santa/St.Nicholas also. Merry, Merry, Bettie

  4. So beautiful & romantic! Just like you….Jonathan must love dining at this table (hope he does the dishes…) Miss you! Xxx

    1. Cute…actually, that’s his favorite kitchen “job.” Hugs to you two down there in the land of palm trees, xo B.

    1. Thank you for sending me this note…music to my ears! Have a Merry, Merry, Bettie

  5. I did something like this too but I added a couple of strings of fairy lights buried in the snow. Made the snow glow a bit. Love what you did here! And everything you do

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