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Whether you are planning an elegant dinner party, or just decorating your casual eat-in-kitchen, a centerpiece is the crowning jewel of any table. An attractive centerpiece makes any table look complete, lending a finishing touch to the room's decor. Centerpieces can enhance your home's holiday or seasonal decor by utilizing flowers, foods or colors found in nature at that time of year. You can put together your own table centerpieces with items found in grocery stores, your cabinets and even your own back yard.

Floral Centerpiece

Step 1

Select a container for your floral centerpiece, such as a vase, rustic watering can or antique tea pot. Fill the container halfway up with marbles or glass pebbles, which will help hold your stems in place better.

Step 2

Choose between an assortment of fresh seasonal flowers, dried or silk flowers. If using fresh flowers, fill your container about 3/4 of the way with water.

Step 3

Place tall, spiky flowers or branches that stand up straight, such as cockscomb or amaranth, in the center of the arrangement. Trim the end of the stem, if necessary, to make your centerpiece the desired height.

Step 4

Fill in around the tallest branches with lush blooms, such as roses, carnations or hydrangeas. Try to keep the arrangement balanced so that it is equally full going all the way around.

Step 5

Add additional fillers, such as fern leaves or baby's breath, to soften the arrangement and make it look fuller still, until you are satisfied with the arrangement.

Fruit Centerpiece

Step 1

Select an assortment of seasonal fruit. Apples and gourds work especially well for an autumn centerpiece, while citrus fruits are appropriate for winter. For spring and summer you can use plums, peaches, mangoes or grapes.

Step 2

Use a basket or bowl to hold your fruit centerpiece. Place rounded something inside of it, such as a foam sphere or ball of crumpled newspaper, that only comes up slightly higher than the edges of the container. This will help push your fruit up so that your centerpiece looks full.

Step 3

Arrange the fruit on top of the sphere in the bowl, with the larger pieces lower around the base and the smaller pieces on top. If you're using grapes, set them so they cascade from the top over the edge of the bowl.

Step 4

Fill in gaps between the fruit with flower blossoms, nuts, pine cones, acorns, a small cluster of leaves on the tip of a cut branch or any other decorative items you feel would be appropriate.

Easy Holiday Centerpiece

Step 1

Place a large, polished silver platter, raised cake plate or any large, round, decorative tray on your table.

Step 2

Purchase or make a holiday wreath, either of real evergreens or imitation. Use one that comes already decorated, or that you have decorated yourself with Christmas motifs, such as poinsettia flowers, ribbons, sleigh bells, miniature snowmen or Santa figurines. Lay it on the tray.

Step 3

Set a large red pillar candle in a glass holder in the center of the wreath.

Things You'll Need

  • Vase or similar container
  • Marbles or glass pebbles
  • Water (optional)
  • Fresh, dried or silk flowers
  • Scissors
  • Seasonal fruit
  • Basket or bowl
  • Foam sphere or crumpled newspaper
  • Embellishments (pine cones, flower buds, etc)
  • Large platter
  • Decorative evergreen wreath
  • Large red pillar candle in glass holder


  • How-To Gypsy: Holiday Centerpiece Ideas
  • Amazing Christmas Ideas: Christmas Table Decorations
  • "Centerpieces and Table Accents;" Kathy Passero; 2001
Keywords: arrange centerpieces, seasonal decor, floral centerpiece, fruit centerpiece, holiday centerpiece

About this Author

Mackenzie Wright has been freelancing for the last 8 years in the arts of writing, painting, photography, crafts, and teaching classes on the arts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education. Her writing has been featured in publications such as the Saint Petersburg Times, South Florida Parenting Magazine, and Home Education Magazine.