When you’re hosting a dinner party, one of the best ways to impress your guests is with showstopping table centrepieces. From arranging menus and games, to organising your table layout, there’s a lot to organise. Thankfully, with a bit of careful prep, you can make your party go with a bang.
A table centrepiece can set the tone for you whole event, so getting it just right is essential. If you’re stuck for table centrepiece ideas or feel like you’ve seen them all, read on for some homemade centrepiece inspiration.
Easy centrepiece ideas to try
1. A stunning ice centrepiece – frozen flower bowls
The beauty of these table centrepieces is that you can fill them with food when they’re frozen. Whether you choose to use the bowl to display a seafood platter on ice, or to hold a range of dips, the possibilities are endless.
2 freezable bowls, one bigger than the other.
Fresh flower petals
1. Fill a freezable bowl ¾ full of water and throw in a selection of fresh flower petals.
2. Put a smaller bowl inside the first bowl and use duct tape to keep it centred.
3. Freeze the bowls overnight.
4. Get out of the freezer 10-15 minutes before you plan on using them. Room temperature will allow the bowls to separate and voila! A beautiful homemade centrepiece!
2. A holiday coastal summer table centrepiece
A selection of hurricane jars, sand, shells, coral, starfish, a blue table runner & a tapered candle.
Got the post-holiday blues? Set up your own coastal table centrepiece with just a few items.
1. Place the blue or nautical table runner on the table.
2. Fill each hurricane jar with sand, shells and a tapered candle.
3. Place the filled hurricane jars on the table runner.
4. Accessorise the spaces between the jars with shells, coral and starfish, along with any other nautical themed items.
3. Vintage glass bottles and blooms
Bottles that once held gin, milk or even beer, can add a stylish edge to your table. They also offer a cost-effective homemade centrepiece and come in the perfect muted tones which make the ideal backdrop for bright blooms. Simplicity is the key with this look – think single stems rather than whole bunches of flowers in one bottle.
A selection of bottles in different shapes, sizes and colours and a range of different flower stems.
1. Lay out the bottles you intend to use.
2. Using one stem for one bottle, fill each one with a flower of your choice.
3. Arrange in a non-ordered way on the centre of the table and voila!
4. DIY foliage table runner
While a full-on flower table runner can make for an expensive table centrepiece, using green foliage can be cheaper and look more impressive. You could even use artificial foliage – there are some really great ones out there, so don’t be afraid to try them.
Real or artificial foliage garlands, fairy lights, floral wire, wire cutters & flower heads – if you want a dash of colour.
1. Gather one bunch of foliage.
2. Cut some floral wire in half and wrap floral wire around the bunch to secure.
3. Make another bunch and use the floral wire to attach to the previous bunch.
4. Repeat this process to make a garland as long as you need.
5. For a pop of colour, add some flower heads into the mix.
So, whether you go for ice table centrepieces or something with a floral twist, there are plenty of ways you can make a statement. You could also check out our ice bucket ideas, which can add some interest to your table centrepiece. Which of our ideas is your favourite? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram.