Table Centerpiece Decorating Ideas


Centerpieces add color, texture and design to a table and enhance the theme of a room or event. Table centerpieces tend to be expensive, particularly if you purchase them at a home decor store or florist. Making your own centerpiece is not a difficult project and is a good way to save on decorations for a party or special event. The ability to put together an attractive centerpiece allows you to change out the arrangement on a whim or to reflect the season or holiday.

Floral Arrangements

  • Set an arrangement of cut flowers into a decorative vase for the table centerpiece. Alternate large and small flowers and greenery in the arrangement. Vary the heights of the flowers as well, with the taller ones in the center of the arrangement to create a domed effect. Use florists foam to anchor silk or fresh flowers or simply arrange fresh flowers in a vase with a narrow neck. It takes very little skill to arrange the flowers in a pleasing design.


  • Fill a large attractive bowl with a variety of fruit for a table centerpiece. Another idea is to fill the container with pine cones, autumn leaves, twigs and nuts for an autumn-inspired centerpiece. During the Christmas holiday, place colorful round Christmas ornaments into the bowl to add sparkle and color to the centerpiece. Weave a battery-operated strand of white Christmas lights throughout the bowl for added sparkle and glamour.


  • Overflow a cornucopia-shaped basket with fresh fruit, vegetables or pine cones, nuts, and fall leaves during the Thanksgiving holiday. For Easter, decorate a couple dozen Easter eggs for a spring centerpiece or use plastic eggs. Fill a large woven basket with the colorful eggs on a nest of plastic Easter grass. Another centerpiece idea is to stand a glass jar in the center of a basket and place flatware in the jar. Fold colorful cloth dinner napkins and place them around the jar for a casual and functional centerpiece.

Hurricane Lamps

  • Hurricane lamps are quite versatile in making table centerpieces. Placing a single pillar candle on the table and setting a hurricane lamp over it is an uncomplicated yet attractive centerpiece. The flicker of the candle adds ambiance and sparkle as it reflects on the glass hurricane lamp. Another idea is to saturate a floral foam ring with water. These are available at discount and craft-and-hobby stores and come with plastic trays to hold in the moisture. Trim fresh flowers and greenery with sharp scissors and insert them into the damp florist foam the evening before or a few hours before the centerpiece is needed. Alternate small filler flowers, larger blossoms and greenery to make a colorful floral ring. Set the hurricane lamp down into the center of the ring and add a coordinating pillar candle to light a few minutes before the party starts.

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