Centerpiece Ideas for Every Occasion

Short on time? It’s still possible to pull together a wow-worthy table arrangement that suits your party style. Create one of these inspiring ideas in five minutes or less.

Centerpiece of curled paper notes on a cake stand

Wishing Well

This one is an interactive and heartfelt way to celebrate someone—Mom, a recent graduate, an expectant parent. Pass around strips of paper about six inches long and ask guests to write a message or a wish for the honoree. Twist the papers around a pen to curl them, then toss them into a large bowl. Have the guest of honor read the messages aloud during dessert.

Flowers and plates on a dining table

Charming Container

Big blossoms, such as hydrangeas, roses, and peonies, look gorgeous displayed in an unused serving piece, like a soup tureen.

Vases with green apples floating in water as centerpieces

Floating Fruit

Float bright Granny Smiths in large, clear-glass vases (filled to different levels) for a whimsical still life.

Lollipop bouquet as centerpiece

Sweet Stash

A bouquet of colorful pinwheel lollipops stands steadily and cheerfully in a bucket packed with dry sand.

Sweet peas in cabbage flower arrangement

Creative Combo

The rich tones of sweet peas and cabbages (yes, cabbages) work together beautifully in a creative combination.

Centerpiece made of pomegranates and plums

Natural Pairing

Add jewel-toned fruit to a white bowl with sensuous lines for an easy arrangement. Look for fruits of differing sizes and shapes but with similar coloring, as with these plums and pomegranates.

Hershey Kisses in a vase

Silver Bells

What could be more delicious than a large footed vase sparkling with foil-wrapped treats?

Lemon centerpiece

Citrus Twist

Pair smooth objects (lemons) with smaller, textured ones (nuts) for a compelling composition. Show it off in a glass bowl with a pedestal for drama.

Bottles of soda as centerpiece

Colorful Cocktails

An array of brightly colored sodas or juices add a fun note to a dinner.

Bouquet of paper flowers

Paper Pom Poms

On a steamy night, set a casual table with a bouquet of hot-colored paper flowers, guaranteed not to wilt.

Daisies inside oranges flower arrangement

Daisy Toppers

Bring a splash of sunshine to your meal with a vibrant partnering of daisies and oranges.

Citrus fruit and Peruvian lillies in a glass fish bowl flower arrangement

Fruit Fillers

This tone-on-tone assemblage starts with miniature citrus fruits (key limes, kumquats) and Peruvian lilies bursting with color.

Red pears and grapes displayes on pedestals

Modern Fruit Display

Flip containers (here, acrylic boxes and lids) upside down and arrange fruit on top to create a multi-tiered design.

Wheatgrass Arrangement

Row of Daisies

A field of gerbera daisies and wheatgrass “grow” charmingly in a rustic table runner.

Floral arrangement in a jelly mold

Mix and Match Vessels

Line floral arrangements down your table―if you don’t have enough vases, cake tins, jelly molds, and small ice buckets make surprisingly pretty containers.

Centerpiece made of carnations

Lush Carnation Display

Two humble elements—a wooden salad bowl and carnations—add up to something special. Cut the stems to three or four inches, arrange in a glass dish, and place in the bowl.

Flower centerpiece in pumpkin vase

Seasonal Substitution

Trim off the top of your pumpkin and hollow out the seeds. Arrange fresh flowers in a water-filled jar and place inside, or use dried leaves and twigs.

Centerpiece made of leaves on a table with bread and wine

Heavy Metal

A galvanized tub becomes the base for a gathering of oversize leaves, like these from a magnolia.

Doily-and-pinecone holiday display

Autumnal Delight

For holiday decor, arrange pinecones—spray-painted gold or silver, if you wish—in vases and compotes of staggered sizes, and add festive ribbon.

Foliage painted white as centerpiece

Branching Out

Branches, whether artificial or the real deal, look striking in an arrangement. In a well-ventilated outdoor space, spray them with white paint, let dry, then display in glass bottles or vases.


HAPPY PLANNING FROM YOUR CHAOS COORDINATORS!

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