When it comes to centrepieces, a big bouquet of flowers are truly beautiful, but they’re getting a bit droopy, don’t you think? There’s nothing wrong with a lovely bunch of chrysanthemums, but a little variety always goes a long way, especially when you’re looking to impress your guests. We’ve gathered 5 really great alternative table centrepieces that won’t break the bank and will leave your guests wanting to take them home with them.

Fresh centrepieces on a budget

1. The Log Slice

We love these sturdy, rustic table centrepieces. They are perfect for outdoor events, fall themes, and those more bohemian gatherings (Ok, we’ll say it, we mean they’re great for hipster events). The best thing about them is their durability – they act as the perfect base for whatever it is you’d like to display. Think candles, mason jars, hot dishes, heavier vases, and even some flower arrangements.

What’s more, log slices are easy enough to come by if you can get a hold of local lumbar yards or woodwork shops. Many merchants get rid of their scraps and offer them up for free, so will a little sandpaper you can easily prepare your own! If you’re not the DIY type, check out LogsNLogs on Etsy and order your own for cheap.

Log Slice Centrepieces


2. Wine Glasses

These little beauties are a total budget saver, and they look really classy. Just flip ordinary wineglasses upside down and fill them with stones, tea lights, leaves, petals…the works! They are so versatile and you can use these for pretty much any event that you can think of. Formal events would benefit from delicate floral details, and louder, rowdier functions could have these stuffed with pebbles or burlap along buffet tables.

Get this! The wine glasses don’t have to match. You could go out and buy a big box of wine glasses, or you could simple gather glasses from your own home (and borrow some from friends) and create a really beautiful, varied display. The more eclectic the glasses, the more impressionable the display is. If you are looking for some pretty flowers to fill your glasses with, check out three of our favourite florists and get creative.

Wine Glass Centrepiece


3. Branch Display

Feeling earthy? These branch table centres do just that. We like them because they’re 1) not flowers and 2) they fill up vertical space. Tall ceilings? Hosting an event outside? Branches take up a lot of space that can make your table look both fuller and slimmer at once. Have some fun decorating them with ornaments, fairy lights, and even photographs or branding for your event.

You can gather your own and save yourself some cash instead of going to the craft store. These will be easiest to gather in the fall and winter, but you can also connect with some local landscaping companies that are often open to recycling their pruning branches and clippings. If you can resource and recycle, do it. Mother Nature will thank you.

Brach Centrepieces


4.  Paper Flowers

Ok, so these may look like flowers, but they’re technically paper so they count as flower alternatives. These are so easy to make, and with hundreds of tutorials on Pinterest and many, many vendors on Etsy offering up these delicate creations, these paper flowers are really easy to come by. Here are some great paper flower tutorials for you to try.

The best thing about these is that you can be in complete control of how the size, the colour, and the arrangement of your table centrepieces. You can have large, lavish displays, or small, scattered paper flowers strewn across long tables, with little cost and minimal effort.

Paper Flower Centrepieces


5. Books

These little book stacks are perfect for intimate gatherings and formal functions of any description. Adding a touch of education and sophistication to your event, book centrepieces are unique and a perfect personal touch. Bind them together vertically, stack them horizontally, and even use them to hold other pretty details to make them pop.

You can find countless vintage books at second hand bookstores across Vancouver and the lower mainland, and you can even repurpose your own books to make these clever centrepieces. You really have a chance to express your own personal taste with the books you choose, so have fun with it and get creative.

Book Centrepieces


Sage Words

When choosing your centrepieces, pick something that best reflects who you are and what your theme is about. Personal touches leave a big impression, and will make your event one that your guests remember for months to come.

Kimberly Rohachuk

Kimberly Rohachuk

Over my career I've had the honor of working on some major events, including the World AIDS Conference in Vancouver, G8 Foreign Ministers meeting, and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics bid delegation to Prague. I’ve also worked with a number of corporate clients all over the world delivering hundreds of events for groups ranging from 50 to 1,500 people.

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