How to Make Elegant Table Centerpieces


Add vibrancy and color to the table with elegant centerpieces. Centerpieces are the focal point of the room and also provide height to a table where the arrangement is the star. Pair luscious, sweet-scented fruits together for an edible arrangement that is budget-friendly. Depending on the occasion, think about using colors found in the meal, table settings and decorations to use as the centerpiece. Add rich tones of reds, purples and oranges to mimic tones of flowers blooming in the same season. At the end of the meal, an edible centerpiece can double as dessert.

Step 1

Fill three clear, tall cylindrical vases with citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes. Space the vases at least 1 to 2 feet apart and place them down the middle of the table. Add a few Granny Smith apples in the vases for a pop of chartreuse.

Step 2

Fill a fish bowl with water and float a fresh-cut flower like a rose or dahlia on the top of the bowl. Use in-season flowers from the garden to keep the cost down. Alternatively, place floating candles on the top of the water to create a sparkling display.

Step 3

Place small tea lights down the center of a silver or glass platter. Use all white candles to keep the centerpiece simple and elegant. Randomly scatter glass beads around the candles to catch the light at night.

Step 4

Create an edible table centerpiece using dried fruit. Place small decorative bowls of fresh figs, dried apricots and papayas and crystallized ginger down the table as the centerpiece so everyone has a treat at the end of the meal. The deep, rich colors of purples, oranges and reds found in dried fruit create a striking display.

Step 5

Make a centerpiece with a canoe-shaped vase, typically 4 inches tall. Use plants in the centerpiece in pastel shades of green and white. Use sprigs of eucalyptus add artemisia as the base of the arrangement and to add their silver gray color. Tuck in small white roses over top and spread them down the length of the vase.

Things You'll Need

  • Cylindrical vase
  • Citrus fruit
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Fish bowl
  • Fresh cut flowers
  • Floating candles
  • Platter
  • Glass beads
  • Dried fruit
  • Eucalyptus
  • Artemisia
  • White roses


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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.