Post # 1
I feel like a lot of the non floral centerpieces I see are very neutral – river rocks, branches, beige candles…
We’re going to have white linens because the venue offers them for free, so I’d love for our centerpieces to offer some color, but we aren’t doing flowers (for a number of reasons) – financial and because I am not a big fan of cut flowers (they just die!). Financially we could do probably one stem on each table, but on a ten seat table, one stem can’t stand alone, even if it’s a more sustantial flower.
I thought about trying to use medium sized Chinese lanterns, since they’re so bright and pretty cheap, but … just a globe on each table? Talk about boring!
Post # 3
I love cranberries in water with a candle or two!
Or with a floating candle.
Post # 4
I like bright fruit in baskets or vases (like apples or pears or pomegranites)
Post # 5
I like the idea of using Christmas ornaments or globes in cluster. You can get any color like that. Or maybe something like Miss Preztel has going? Ribbons and lanterns?
Post # 6
Ours were nonfloral, and gold:
Post # 8
We’re going with 8″ led paper lanterns and made a more substantial “tablescape” by including little picture frames, our table number and a round placemat. Our colors are pale pink, black and white, so this isn’t the most colorful example, but I think you could easily swap in whatever brighter combinations that you wanted.
(ignore the mess in the background and the lack of pictures in the frames–this was a very quick mock-up)
Post # 9
@frugal faye – that IS cute! How big of tables are you using?
I think part of my struggle is that I just don’t know how big a centerpiece ought to be for an 8 seat round table – I don’t even know the dimensions of our table. I could call and find out… bleh.
Post # 10
Thanks! I’m pretty pleased how they turned out.
The tables are the big, round 8-10 people ones. To figure out the size, I looked back at some old threads about floral centerpiece sizes and it seemed like most people were recommending that you stick to something less than 12″ high so people can still see over them while they’re seated. Adding the placemat made the whole set up a little wider and more pulled together. I think the amount of space taken up by this centerpiece will be all right and not look too small once all the glasses, plates and such are on the table.
Post # 11
@faye – that was clever of you! I hadn’t thought about looking at suggested size for florals 🙂 Thanks for the tip!