How to Create a Stunning Centerpiece


A stunning centerpiece will absolutely catch the attention of everyone at your dinner party. For a large table, you may want a very large centerpiece in the center or many small centerpieces throughout the table. For an intimate dinner for two, the centerpiece should be slightly off-center and low on the table so you can see the other party on the other side of the table. Large centerpieces are usually very expensive, but don't have to be if you use your imagination and make your own.

Fish Bowl with Bamboo

Step 1

Put the three bamboo shoots together so the bottoms are even and tie them together by placing a gold twist tie around the center. The tops may be at different heights. Place the shoots into the glass so the bottom of the bamboo is on the bottom of the glass and they are centered.

Step 2

Place orange or black gravel in the bottom of the brandy snifter about a quarter to a third of the way up to anchor the bamboo into place.

Step 3

Fill the glass with distilled water and allow it to come to room temperature.

Step 4

Place a goldfish in the water and set the centerpiece either in the center of a table for two or between the second and third chair or every two chairs for large tables.

Flowers and Strawberries

Step 1

Fill the bottom third of a tall clear vase with red gravel or red glass pieces. Place three to five red roses in the gravel so the buds are well over the edge of the glass.

Step 2

Fill the glass with distilled water to within an inch of the top. Place floral preservative in the water to ensure the roses will stay fresh for a few days.

Step 3

Run a length of ribbon through the roses on top of the vase. This will not only decorate your arrangement, but will keep the strawberries from touching the water when they are inserted into the centerpiece. The ribbon can hang down the vase elegantly or you can tie it in a bow off to one side.

Step 4

Place a bamboo skewer in the bottom of each strawberry. If you dip the strawberries yourself, make sure the chocolate has hardened before placing in the arrangement.

Step 5

Stick the skewers in the gravel making sure the strawberries stay on top of the ribbon. Use an uneven number of strawberries to fill in the vase.

Things You'll Need

  • Brandy snifter
  • Distilled water
  • 3 thin and tall Lucky bamboo shoots
  • Gold twist tie
  • Orange or black gravel
  • Goldfish
  • Gourmet chocolate dipped strawberries
  • Red roses
  • Tall clear vase
  • Red gravel
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Distilled water
  • Ribbon


  • Lifescript: 5 Stunning Centerpiece Ideas For Special Occasions
  • University Catering: Additional Resources
  • University of Kentucky Extension: Centerpieces and Table Decorations
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Dale DeVries is a retired realtor with 30 years of experience in almost every facet of the business. DeVries started writing in 1990 when she wrote advertising and training manuals for her real estate agents. Since retiring, she has spent the last two years writing well over a thousand articles online for Associated Content, Bright Hub and Demand Studios.