25 centerpiece ideas you can make at home quickly and easily

25 centerpiece ideas you can make at home quickly and easily

Whether you’re preparing a casual weekend brunch or a festive soiree, adding some DIY centerpieces to your collection can take the occasion to the next level. Your guests will appreciate that you put a little extra time and effort into the party, and you’ll have a photo-ready piece of decor that sets the tone for the entire event. (You’ll also have earned some bragging rights.) Best of all, your charming centerpieces can make an impact on others in your circle — and before you know it, everyone will be collecting simple centerpieces to spruce up their tables.

Choosing seasonal table decor (like pumpkin centerpieces) is a good thing, but so is creating decor that’s appropriate for any season. The key to a simple centerpiece is to let it speak for itself and not get hung up on one (relatively small) element of the party. After all, the purpose of this occasion is to enjoy spending time with others.

There are centerpieces to suit everything from a backyard party to a graduation celebration. Make sure your kit is a good fit with your skill set, crafting supplies, and available time, and this part of your party decor will shine. At the very least you’ll get an A for the effort, although those fail-proof central ideas will certainly shine.

A bouquet of tulips

Priya McDonald Photography

There’s nothing more classic than a simple bunch of tulips. Although they’re typically associated with spring, we love how Maine wedding planner Azalea Events displayed them here in a copper pot next to a mini gingerbread house to help them feel extra holiday-y.

Pumpkins and greens

Cindy Richter of Country Road 407

An inexpensive but incredibly clever idea is to layer baby squash on top of lettuce leaves in a bowl, like Cindy Richter of Country Road 407 did here in this centerpiece idea. “Hotels do it all the time, so why shouldn’t I?! I’m luxurious and cheap,” Cindy jokes. And we have to give her credit: they look so luxurious and don’t require much effort!

Hope for the best

Levi Brown

Here’s an interactive and heartfelt way to celebrate someone – a mom, a recent graduate, or an expecting parent. Pass out strips of paper about 6 inches long and ask guests to write a message (such as a wish, memory, or piece of advice) for the honoree. Wrap the papers around the pen to crumple them, then place them in a large bowl. Have the guest of honor read the letters aloud during dessert.

Charming container

James Merrill

Large flowers, such as hydrangeas, roses and peonies, look great when displayed in an unused serving piece, such as a soup bowl.

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Floating fruit

Anita Calero

Glossy Granny Smiths float in large clear glass vases (filled to varying levels) for a whimsical still life.

Sweet stash

Anita Calero

A bouquet of colorful pinwheel-shaped lollipops stands steadfast and cheerful in a bucket filled with dry sand.

Creative combo

James Baigre

Rich tones of sweet pea and cabbage (yes, Cabbage) Work beautifully together in a creative group.

Natural pairing

Maura McEvoy

Add jewel-toned fruit to a white bowl with sensual stripes for an easy arrangement. Look for fruits of different sizes and shapes but similar colors, as is the case with these plums and pomegranates.

Silver bells

Anita Calero

What could be more delicious than an oversized vase sparkling with sweets wrapped in aluminum foil?

Citrus twist

Maura McEvoy

Pair soft things (lemons) with smaller things (nuts) for an attractive combination. Display it in a glass bowl with a bottom for drama.

Colorful cocktails

Anita Calero

A selection of brightly colored soft drinks or juices adds a fun touch to dinner.

Paper pom poms

Quentin Bacon

On a steamy night, set a casual table with a bouquet of hot, colorful paper flowers, which are guaranteed not to wilt.

Daisy toppers

James Baigre

Add a touch of sunshine to your meal with a vibrant partnership of daisies and oranges.

Fruit filling

James Baigre

This harmonious combination begins with miniature citrus fruits (key lime, kumquat) and colorful Peruvian lily.

Modern fruit display

Anita Calero

Turn the containers (here acrylic boxes and lids) upside down and arrange the fruit on top to create a tiered design.

A row of daisies

James Baigre

A field of gerbera flowers and wheatgrass “grows” charmingly in a rustic tablecloth.

Mix and match ships

Marcus Nelson

Place floral arrangements on your table – If you don’t have enough vases, cake tins, jelly molds and mini ice buckets make surprisingly pretty containers. For a little light, you can also add some flameless candles among the arrangements.

Lush clove display

Maura McEvoy

Two humble items – a wooden salad bowl and a clove – add up to something special. Cut the stems into 3 or 4 inches, arrange them in a glass dish, then place them in the bowl.

Seasonal replacement

David Prince

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

Heavy metal

Maura McEvoy

The galvanized tub becomes the basis for a collection of large leaves, such as magnolia leaves.

Autumn joy

Annie Burr

For holiday decor, arrange pinecones — plated gold or silver, if you like — in vases and compotes of staggered sizes, and add a festive ribbon.

Vegetable garden

Lydia Menezes

Why not nurture your own garden for some central green space? Lydia Menzies proudly displayed her bounty in this clever arrangement featuring vegetables such as artichokes, apples and courgettes.

Branch out

Anita Calero

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

Frequently asked questions

  • What makes a good centerpiece?

    A good centerpiece is pleasing to the eye, doesn’t block the guest’s view, and is consistent with the party theme. If you use flowers, make sure they are fresh and properly pruned. For any centerpiece, make sure it fits the size of the table.

  • What can I put in the centerpiece besides flowers?

    There are many items you can put in a centerpiece besides flowers. Some common filler ideas include branches, fruit, candy (such as chocolate kisses), or pine cones. If you’re planning a kid’s party, other whimsical fillers include straws, drink bottles, paper balls, or streamers.

  • How many centerpieces do I need?

    For round tables, one centerpiece should be enough. However, use larger centerpieces for larger round tables. For rectangular tables, consider spacing one centerpiece every 3 to 4 feet. So a four-foot table will have one centerpiece in the middle, and an eight-foot table will have two evenly spaced centerpieces.

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