DIY Reception Centerpieces

A centerpiece reflects the host's personal style and taste while decorating an entrance, table or focal point during a reception. Instead of spending money on professionally created centerpieces, use your creativity and arrange fresh or dried flowers in a variety of ways to create pieces of art that do not cost much, impress your guests and add style to the reception.

Floating Floral Centerpiece

Mix colorful flowers, scented candles and water to form a simple yet elegant centerpiece that you can use for a variety of occasions including weddings, dinners and parties. Thoroughly clean and dry a round glass or crystal bowl and fill it 2/3 of the way with water. Cut stems of flowers with a sharp knife, leaving 3/4 inches below each bloom before placing each gently over the contained water. Depending on personal taste, use roses, carnations, calla lilies, sunflowers, gerbera daisies or any other flower in a color that coordinates with that of the theme. Place three or four small scented floating candles alongside and light them. Sprinkle glitter over the centerpiece arrangement for added effect.

Floral Vase Centerpiece

A traditional vase centerpiece is simple to assemble, using fresh or dried flowers in a complementing vase to enhance the appearance of the spot and add a decorative touch. Fill a tall or short clear glass vase in your desired shape with water if arranging fresh flowers, and leave empty for dried ones. Determine appropriate stem length and lower snip excess off at an angle with a sharp knife. Arrange blooms in the vase to form a rounded arrangement, and add greenery to line the outer edges and provide a bright contrast.

Floral Wreath

A floral wreath centerpiece add striking color against the background of a crisp tablecloth. Weave pliable stems and twigs to make a wreath in the required width if you do not want to purchase one from a local craft store. Entwine greenery such as ivy, box hedge stems and pine boughs into the wreath until your desired thickness. Insert 1-inch stems of calla lilies, orchids, gerbera daisies, chrysanthemums or other flowers into the greenery for a colorful effect. Handle delicate blooms carefully for risk of damaging petals. Place the wreath in the center of a table, and place a single large candle in its center, or several smaller ones around it.

Fresh Fruit Bouquet

Create a bouquet with fresh pineapples and cherries. Cut pineapples into 1-inch-wide slices and push a flower-shaped cookie cutter through each. Cut red cherries in half. Push a bamboo skewer through the center of the pineapple, extending it by half an inch, and push a cherry half through it to form the center of the fruit flower. Place floral foam in a vase and push the other end of the skewer through it to form stalks for the fruit flowers.

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