Designers & DIYers Share Their Favorite Table Centerpiece Ideas to Elevate Your Home, Event & More

How you make your kitchen table standout? What helps create the ambiance and complete the decor of a big event?

Table centerpieces!

What is a table centerpiece?

A table centerpiece serves a decorative purpose that aligns with the theme of the event. Frequently made of flowers, centerpieces are also comprised of other things like candles, fruit and even candy. Generally, table centerpieces are small to mid-sized so they don’t prohibit discussion among guests at the table.

For example, a flower centerpiece at home can be as simple as a vase of sunflowers during the summer. These summer flowers reinforce the season and bring some levity to the dining room table. Alternatively, red roses and candles demonstrate romance, which is great for a wedding or Valentine’s Day event.

To help spur some inspiration, we set out to find some table centerpiece ideas. We asked a variety of DIY experts and design enthusiasts to share their best table centerpiece ideas and tips. (Note: FruitFlowers® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for responses to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to see what table centerpiece ideas and tips these contributors’ had to offer.


jen starkJen Stark

Jen Stark is the founder of Happy DIY Home. A master gardener, interior designer and home improvement expert, she has completed many home improvement, decor and remodeling projects with her family over the past 10 years on their 4,500 sf Victorian house. She is also a passionate farmer who keeps goats, chickens, turkeys, cows and pigs on her farm, and an instructor for her community’s Organic and Sustainable Farming project.

“Table centerpieces are a great way to inject a festive feel into the atmosphere and tie a room together. Table centerpieces are great to have at graduations, weddings, milestone events like birthdays or christenings. You can also use them for reunions, or virtually any celebrations you may attend or host.

You can buy your centerpieces or you can make your own. Some of the most common centerpieces are flowers, but floating dishes with candles are very popular for weddings or engagements. Many people do themed decorations for their centerpieces like balsam branches with pine cones, red ribbon, and candles for Christmas, color-matching centerpieces for weddings, and so on.

To make your centerpiece stand out, you can add lights. This could be in the form of candles, or you can also add those small twinkle lights you get at discount stores or online.”


Kristin Connan

Kristin Connan is the CMO at Healthcare Business Tech, a review site for health products and supplements.

“Table centerpieces can be a beautiful addition to any event or occasion. There are many different types of centerpieces that can be used, and it is important to choose the right one for the event. Some common and trusted centerpieces are flowers, candles, and plants. These centerpieces can be used for any type of event, but they can also be customized to fit the specific occasion. For example, a Christmas centerpiece might include a Christmas tree ornaments, while a New Year’s centerpiece might include party hats and noisemakers.

One way to make your centerpiece stand out is to use unique or unusual containers. For example, a vase made of ice or a birdcage. You can also use different colors or textures to add interest. For example, a centerpiece of brightly colored flowers or a centerpiece with a rustic, country feel.

If you are using flowers as your centerpiece, it is important to choose the right type of flowers. Not all flowers are appropriate for every occasion. For example, roses are a classic choice for a wedding centerpiece, while lilies are a popular choice for a funeral centerpiece.

Candles can be used for any type of event, and they come in a variety of styles and colors. You can choose a simple candle in a plain glass holder, or you can choose a more elaborate candle with a metal holder and crystals.

Plants can also be used as table centerpieces. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they can be used to create a natural or formal look. Succulents are a popular choice for a table centerpiece because they are small and easy to care for, and they come in a variety of colors.”


Sean Byers

@SeanByers

Sean Byers is the co-founder of Best Choices for Seniors and a resident in the Internal Medicine Program at UTMB.

“The dining table is the most commonly used place in the house. Be it with family or friends, all use the eating table the most.

To make your dining area stand out the best way to decorate the table is to keep miniatures. Mini-sized mirrors or glasses can enhance the look of the table. Theme-related miniatures like Christmas or Halloween specials can even rule your table. Mini-face caricatures of your guests can be an interesting idea to make your table decoration unique.”


Joanne Hughes

@Wood&Feral

Joanne Hughes is CEO of Wood & Feral, a company that manufacturers luxury oak and epoxy resin dining tables.

“Though the purpose of a dining room is to be used for dining, you don’t have to forgo beauty in order to assure functionality. The most crucial aspect of any room’s design is determining where the focal point will be and how you may enhance its appearance.

One of the best ways you can possible accentuate the dining table as your centerpiece in any room is how you present it and supplement its appearance with additional items. Using common and elegant items such as vases full of flowers, fruit bowls or luxury placemats will certainly help draw any/all of your guests attention to this focal point in the room.

A good dining table certainly needs to be complimented in this manner. Having the right amount and best looking decorative items on your dining table is by far the most effective way in establishing this as the centerpiece to your kitchen dining or living room.”


Maria McDowell

@mariamcdowell

Maria A. McDowell, the founder at EasySearchPeople.

“How do you make your
 centerpiece stand out?

Introducing a touch of nature and art is ideal for making a centerpiece stand out. Having beautiful flowers arranged in a perfectly crafted wooden art vase is an absolute delight.”


Oberon Copeland

Oberon Copeland is the founder and CEO of Very Informed, which aims to help readers become informed about products, services, and more.

“When it comes to decorating your home for the holidays, your centerpiece is one of the most important elements. After all, it’s the focal point of your holiday table! So how can you make sure that your centerpiece stands out from the rest? First, think about what colors will complement your holiday decorations. Then, choose a style that fits with the overall theme of your holiday decor.

Finally, don’t be afraid to get creative! Use unexpected elements, like fresh fruit or greenery, to add an extra touch of holiday cheer. With these tips, you’re sure to create a holiday centerpiece that will be the talk of the table.”


Kim Morrison

@thehyggegathering

Kim Morrison is a curator of cozy gatherings at The Hygge Gathering. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish word translating to “cozy”. She specializes in making events beautiful, bespoke, and thoughtfully appointed.

“Here are my top 3 tips for creating a bespoke tablescape:

1. Florals: Fresh and dried. I layer florals with medium to small arrangements as well as often using eucalyptus, dried palms, and dried fruit throughout the table (outside of a container). Keep florals above to or below line of sight so as not to impede guests connecting with each other.

2. Candles: Evoking hygge, or cozy spirit, to a gathering is elevated with candlelight. It helps guests to belong to the moment and leads to lingering over the meal just a little longer. I use candlesticks but also tea lights. My personal favorite are vintage amber glass fairy lights. They are covered, unique, and make a fall table just a little extra special. Like florals, I layer candles with a variety of types and sizes.

3. Used is the new new: I source vintage and used items for tablescapes because it creates one of a kind designs and captures visual interest. Everyone shops Target– I strive to step outside the box for an original look. Plus: it is often more cost efficient to source vintage because used is the new new, especially with economic shortages and supply chain issues.”


Giovanni Scippo

Giovanni Scippo is an experienced designer who has an in depth understanding of the challenges to expect when outsourcing for CGI projects. Together with his team, they set up a studio that works harmoniously with clients and not against them.

“A floral centerpiece is still the best and most flexible because there is a flower for every occasion so you’ll never have to worry. I bet there’s nothing more fun than curating a luxurious maximalist tablescape. If you’re leaning toward exuberance, unleash your creativity by arranging big and colorful florals for the centerpiece. But even if we’re going towards beautiful patterns and pops of colors, we still need to stick to a color palette so we don’t get lost in a candy-colored frenzy. Stick to certain elements — candles, decorative lamps, greeneries, florals. Choose a theme and build around it.”


Luke Lee

@hiLukeLee

Luke Lee is the Founder and Interior Designer of Ever Wallpaper, a wallpaper company that focuses on designing and selling high-quality wallpaper and wall murals online throughout the world.

“The easiest way to make your table centerpiece stand out is by using color. You can use a variety of colors to create the illusion of depth and dimension in your centerpiece, as well as highlight certain aspects of the table.

Using color to create depth is particularly useful when you are using large-scale decorations like floral arrangements. This technique works especially well when you are using smaller elements like candles or flowers, which can easily be lost in a sea of white tablecloths.

Another option for enhancing your table centerpiece is to use contrasting colors. For example, if you are arranging small items such as candlesticks and vases on a white tablecloth, placing them against a dark background will help draw attention to these smaller objects and make them more visually distinct from each other.”


Daniel Akins

Daniel Akins is a Writer and Editor at Theyardable, a site that helps readers learn about various topics related to forestry, home, and nature.

“Add some color! Color is important to make a table centerpiece stand out. There are clear Tuscany Classics wine glasses and colored Sprig & Vine bowls made of glass. If you only have white dinnerware, adding a few colorful accent plates or colored glasses is an inexpensive way to add some color.”


Emily Che

@EmilyChe

Emily Che, Founder of Poly Furniture Supply offers a few table centerpiece ideas.

“White and Blue China with vegetation
Pull out it piece and place it in the middle of your dining room in a dish of fake plants; this will highlight the colors in your selection, tie the space together, and distribute the pops of color.

Centerpiece Pottery Collection
Find three slices of pottery for a simple centerpiece that can be used all year long. For a captivating and artistic appearance, arrange them in the middle of the table. Pick pieces of various sizes for the greatest results.

Enjoy A Luxurious Tablecloth
The garden is the ideal backdrop for fabric with only an ornamental botanical motif and large-scale blooms. If you want appearances that last, consider high-performance material materials made specifically for outdoor usage, just as you would the finest products for outdoor furniture. Heavyweight cotton drill fabric with this eye-catching design printed on it is machine washable and perfect for outdoor gatherings.

Watch out for smaller details
Smaller garden tables also benefit from such a seasonal makeover and new decorating ideas and it isn’t always about the greater picture. To style up your hair in a manner that works so well in the garden, choose trendy accessories with the natural aesthetic.

The centerpiece of an orchid fairy garden
In a pretty container, plant a vibrant orchid and cover the ground with moss. This exotic plant gains an interesting dimension with the additional splash of color and texture.”


Tom Kelly

Tom Kelly is CTO of Life Part 2 and studied interior design.

“Table centerpieces can add a lot of personality and visual interest to any event or occasion. There are many different types of centerpieces that can be used, and the best option for your event will depend on the theme, the venue, and your own personal preferences. Some of the most common and popular centerpieces are floral arrangements, but you can also use candles, fruit, or any other decorative objects.

When choosing a centerpiece, it’s important to consider the overall look of the table. You want the centerpiece to be in balance with the other elements on the table, and it should also be appropriate for the occasion. For example, a formal event might call for a more traditional floral arrangement, while a more casual gathering might be better suited to a more whimsical centerpiece, like a grouping of candles or beach balls.

It’s also important to make sure that the centerpiece is easy to manage. You don’t want something that’s going to take up a lot of space or be difficult to set up. If you’re using a floral arrangement, make sure that the flowers are arranged in a way that is easy to replicate.

Finally, it’s important to choose a centerpiece that will stand out against the background. If the table is surrounded by a lot of other decorations, you might want to choose a centerpiece that is more eye-catching. Alternatively, you can use a simple centerpiece and dress up the table with other decorative elements, like napkins, place cards, or a runner.”


Laurence Lee

Laurence Lee is the CEO of The Great Brain Experiment and studied interior designing. He shares a few ideas about table centerpieces.

“Table centerpieces can be a beautiful addition to any event or occasion. They can be as simple or as complex as you like, and can be made from a variety of materials. The most important thing to consider when creating a centerpiece is the theme or overall aesthetic of the event.

Some of the most common and trusted table centerpieces are flowers. Flowers can be elegant and sophisticated or bright and cheerful, depending on the occasion and the colors you choose. Another popular option is candles. Candles can create a warm and inviting atmosphere and can be used to set the mood for the event.

If you want to create a centerpiece that really stands out, try using a unique material like glass, metal, or wood. You can also use different shapes and sizes to create a more interesting look. Be creative and have fun with it!”


Jean Chen

Jean Chen is the co-founder, and COO of Cicinia, which is a fashion company focused on Wedding/Bridesmaid dresses.

“No occasion is needed to decorate your house. A nice centerpiece place appropriately can bring life to a table for a year. A table setup won’t be complete without a masterpiece, whether it’s just for a simple dinner or a special occasion like a wedding.

Dried Flowers

Consider using dried flowers if you easily get tired of replacing flowers on your vase from time to time. These dried flowers can give a Scandi-inspired vibe, though they don’t give any fragrance.

Use Branches

Aside from dried flowers, you can also use dry branches for your centerpiece. Try filling the vase with blooming trees like olive branches and magnolia. These branches can make a statement at your table, without overwhelming the space.”

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