The décor can make or break an event. Imagine having artfully designed accents that start conversations and help the socializing flow. Here’s a list of our favourite easy and beautiful centrepiece ideas that will make your event shine.

Why are centrepieces important?

Centrepieces set the tone of the evening and can even help break the ice among your guests. Being thoughtful with designing the centrepieces will also keep the cost of your event low – with a large number of tables, costs can quickly add up. In addition, having creative centrepieces cuts down on the overall amount of effort needed to create the wow factor.

Keep in mind:

  • Sight lines: keep your centrepieces short or tall and skinny. There’s nothing worse than doing the head bob to look around a centrepiece during conversation.
  • Table shape: round designs work well on round tables and likewise for square and rectangular tables.
  • Amount of table space: a single table setting often includes multiple glasses, dishes, and plenty of cutleries. Servers may also need space for a bottle of wine or table numbers.
  • Room height: tall centrepieces work well in rooms with high ceilings.

Here are some centrepiece ideas:

Classy candles

Try tapers, tea lights and pillars. Avoid scented candles – some guests may be allergic to scents.

Fall Centrepieces

Flowers

Keep it simple and classic. Compliment flowers with candles and use floral holders that emphasize the tone of your event.

Fall Centrepieces

Fall Centrepieces

Food

Let the food and drinks take centre stage. Tap into the communal eating trend and create a sense of togetherness with each course as the centrepiece. Work with the venue to select menu items that will satisfy the eyes and please the taste buds. Go the extra mile to ensure that the food is served on decorative platters. Just one thing: work with the venues to have servers on constant duty keeping the table fresh. Watch your ‘centrepieces’ evolve with each course! This approach works well for a casual meeting or luncheon.

 

Fall Centrepieces

Try stacking different items on cupcake holders:

Fall Centrepieces

Mason jars

These are our go-to decorative staple. If you prefer a more elegant than rustic look, grab some ribbon and wrap a twist around the jar. Depending on the color palette of the venue, you could even add food coloring to the water. Use jars of different heights and widths for a dynamic centrepiece.

Mason Jars

Fall Centrepieces

Feathers

These inexpensive accents pack a lot of punch. Pheasant feathers are warmly coloured and perfect for the fall. Use flower foam in the base to make sure the feathers stay put where you place them.

Fall Centrepieces
Fall Centrepieces

Christmas!

Deck the tables with boughs of holly! Grab some tiered cupcake holders and garnish them with ornaments. With the right ornaments these centrepieces could be a splash of sparkly colour. Make sure to use some tinfoil for extra glitter and glam. Here’s a tip: with enough ornaments each guest could even have a personalized gift.

Fall Centrepieces

And don’t forget

Incorporate place cards or table numbers into the centrepiece for a cohesive design. Ditch those wobbly metal table number holders!

 

Fall Centrepieces

Venue decorating can be a blast and a breeze. Wondering where you can pick up some supplies? Hop over to our suppliers page for the Eventsage curated list of décor stores. Eventsage – event planning made easy!

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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