(Closed) Centerpiece Ideas for Family Style

posted 5 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
46670 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@gioiosasposa:  Keep the vases and the candle holders small so you can scatter them the length of the table and still leave room for the plates of food.

Consider using LED tealights in votive holders- nestle them in sand, beads etc to camouflage the plastic. They will be safer for people to reach over or move.

Post # 4
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think it all depends on how much extra space you will have and what kind of dishes you are using to serve your food. Here are some pictures I found that I think are pretty!


Post # 5
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think this is always challenging when having family style.  I think with family style using long tables, I would decorate similar to how I decorate my table for thanksgiving or christmas dinner.  I usually have an arrangement in the center of a long table that seats 6 or 8, leaving the rest of the table for dishes of food.  I think you can go with several small arrangements and maybe candles scattered around or a taller one in the center. 

Below are sample of using several smaller arrangements.  I’ll see if I can find any with larger/taller arrangements.

Post # 6
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Here’s what I mean by having taller arrangements with skinny bases (picture of left) and think of those flowers in the footed bowls/platters as food.

Or do just the large center arrangement and candles and leave the rest of the table for food.  Think of your food as decor.

Or consider having suspended chandeliers as your decor.

Post # 7
2055 posts
Buzzing bee

@gioiosasposa:  The food should be the centerpiece! 

I’m only halfway kidding (well…75%). Anyway, I agree with PPs to keep things small, and maybe have votives, small flowers, etc. Maybe your table runner can be your decor (i.e. fresh flower runner that’s easily cleared away in one fell swoop). But let’s keep our eyes on what is actually important here: room for all of the food!

I’ve actually been to a few family-style soirees, and what they did was decorate the tables with the centerpieces, and then when it came time to serve the food, they simply took the decor away and replaced it with all of the food. No one complained about “the lack of decor” after that. 😀

@profiterole:  If that is feasible with OP’s venue, the suspended chandelier idea is brilliant and gorgeous. 

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