Calling all book lovers! Do I have something for you.
One of my daughters is a very talented writer and the family bookworm. She works in the oldest rare bookshop in the country. Can you imagine being surrounded by three floors of old and rare books? I’d be hiding in the bathroom reading instead of working.
This centerpiece came to me on one of my visits to see my daughter in Boston. I came across some beautiful navy clothbound hardcover books with unfinished edges, and I just had to have them.
Some of the books in the shop sell for thousands of dollars, but I stumbled across these beauties on the $3.00 cart. I never really intended to read them (don’t tell my daughter), because I had bigger plans for these sweet finds. When I saw them, I knew I had to create a centerpiece for all those book lovers out there. I think there is something beautiful yet mysterious in an old book and to have them stacked on a table with beautiful old china adds something unique to any dining experience.



How difficult is it to make you ask? Honestly, not hard at all. It took just a few minutes to drill a hole in the center of the books. After sliding them on the spike of the base of the candlestick, adding a candle on top, and placing the top piece in the books, that was it — the end.
The tendency is to cringe when you think of drilling holes in books, and, admittedly, there are a few pages where you might have to fill in a word or two (Mad Libs, anyone?), but I believe books should be the center of attention rather than be stuck on a dusty bookshelf somewhere unread and forgotten for years. Don’t you think your book club would just love this on the table at your next luncheon? Your centerpiece would surely get a great review.
Where else could you use this idea? My ADD brain kicked in, and I started to imagine this as a centerpiece at a wedding. So off to Pinterest I marched, and it did not take long for me to fill my new board “All Things Books” with some great pins. Here are a few of my favorites just to give you an idea of how different and simple, yet elegant, your next event can be.


If you have been following our blog, you understand our candlestick concept is not just limited to fruits and veggies. Your imagination can quite literally be an open book! If you just stumbled upon this blog post, take some time to dive into our earlier posts, where we use real fruit and veggies on our candlesticks to create simple yet beautiful centerpieces. I think you will be surprised by how much you can do with just one candlestick.
So order a set and start creating centerpieces that will have your guests talking long after the party.
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Be Happy 
Cathy