Martha Stewart — or one of her many clones — popularized tea tin centerpieces ages and ages ago, and people jumped on the idea. By people, of course, I mean bloggers and writers, because the only place I’ve seen ’em is on blogs and in the pages of magazines
I’m not sure I get why. These centerpieces are so easy — loose, unpolished arrangements tend to look better — and you can coordinate without being too matchy-matchy by buying teas that come in tins that compliment your wedding colors. I’ve seen mismatched Mason jar vases and glittery pop bottle vases at actual weddings, but never tins.
Is it the expense? I suppose I’d only recommend tea tin centerpieces to those who drink a lot of tea (otherwise it’s not terribly “green”) or have a lot of time before the wedding to stalk eBay for some good deals on empties. Then again, there are always the Asian discount sites and shops, like Pearl River, where you’ll have particular luck if your wedding colors happen to be red, black, and gold, or some combo of two of the three.
Me? I like Harney & Sons teas, but at about eight dollars per tin, it’s not exactly the most budget-friendly choice. Plus, a tea tin centerpiece looks a lot nicer when there are tins of all shapes and sizes grouped together. Sourcing all your tins from one brand defeats that goal. Well preserved intage tins, whether they housed coffee or tea or perhaps even something else, almost always look great.
Rachel Ray, for example, achieved the same look with a whole different sort of tin.
If you do decided to go the can route, please heed this advice given by the utterly amazing Jamie of I Suwannee: “i’ve found that most of them leak, so i put the flowers into a shot glass, and put the shot glass into the tin.”